With the snow piling up from recent snowfalls, now is a good time to check your roof for excessive snow and ice buildup on the roof edges (ice dams). Most roofs are designed to handle the snow load of a typical winter, but it won’t hurt to assess your roof, especially if it is an older one. Excessive snow and ice dams may cause rafter damage, water leaks and blocked ventilation, all of which can result in costly repairs. Take some time to check your roof and address any issues. Professional snow removal companies can help if you feel unsafe removing snow or ice yourself. A simple roof rake tool is available in all local hardware stores if you prefer to do it yourself. You do not need to take off all snow since scraping the shingles may damage them. If you have questions, contact the Building Department at 507-537-6773.