Removing icicles on your gutters can be more dangerous than you think

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ROCKY RIVER, OH – Everywhere you look there’s snow. It’s on the ground, on the roof and even in the gutters.

"Winter has been pretty crazy. This is my 28th year at it and it never seems to amaze us how much ice can be built up in these areas,” said Andy Schuster.

Schuster is a Service Technician for West Side Roofing out of Brook Park. He said they’ve been pretty busy lately dealing with ice-damming.

"The snow pack melts from up on top of the roof and it runs down and hits your cold areas and freezes and after it gets so large, the water has no place to go but back up underneath the roof system,” Schuster explained.

He said there’s really only one solution, and that’s to chop out all the ice.

The next step would be to make any necessary repairs, but that’s a little difficult right now given the weather.

"We can come back at a later date and get an assessment and see what's going on and get a battle plan,” he said.

If you’re going to try to tackle the problem on your own, there are some tips to keep in mind.

For starters, make sure you have a steady ladder. Next, consider using a roof rake.

As for icicles, only break them off it they’re small.

"You do have to be very careful, even as you're chopping the ice because all the sudden a big chunk could break loose on you and if you're sitting on it, you're going to go with it,” said Don Vetrovsky.

He’s also a Service Technician for West Side Roofing. He said your best bet is to call in a professional, and sooner rather than later.

"It is better to be proactive, if you can get it off ahead of time, you're going to be a whole lot better off,” he said.

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