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Snow Removal on Mobile Home


Well we have had over 24" of snow in the last week and already had 2" earlier.  Today I started to remove the snow as my mobile home is newer but I worry about all the weight that the snow has the roof.


I live in a 48 X 24 mobile home that was built in 1990 and so this being as old as it is I decided to get the snow off.  I have completely cleaned the back half and got 40-45% of the front cleared today before darkness and the cold came back.  So I quit for the night as I do not need to slip off the roof clearing it of the large amount of snow.

Is this a good idea to do?  I am afraid of the roof collapsing if we let the weight stay up there.  I am in no way doing anything dangerous because I am using fall protection and using a good pair of boots up on the roof.  Plus we are to get more snow on Wednesday but it is predicted for only 2 to 3 inches.

I would clear a little area then move on the next until the entire roof is cleared.  I was really surprised by the amount of ice on the edge of the roof today when I was clearing the roof of the snow.

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Michael wrote:

Well we have had over 24" of snow in the last week and already had 2" earlier.  Today I started to remove the snow as my mobile home is newer but I worry about all the weight that the snow has the roof.


I live in a 48 X 24 mobile home that was built in 1990 and so this being as old as it is I decided to get the snow off.  I have completely cleaned the back half and got 40-45% of the front cleared today before darkness and the cold came back.  So I quit for the night as I do not need to slip off the roof clearing it of the large amount of snow.

Is this a good idea to do?  I am afraid of the roof collapsing if we let the weight stay up there.  I am in no way doing anything dangerous because I am using fall protection and using a good pair of boots up on the roof.  Plus we are to get more snow on Wednesday but it is predicted for only 2 to 3 inches.

I would clear a little area then move on the next until the entire roof is cleared.  I was really surprised by the amount of ice on the edge of the roof today when I was clearing the roof of the snow.



Being that it is a manufactured home I would guess that the roof slope is lower than most. Getting the snow load off of a roof is always a good idea especially if it can be done safely. If it is a dry snow it may be ok but a wet snow 2ft deep can add alot of weight.

The reason it is frozen at the eaves is because there is no heat transfer. Be really careful removing that ice if you do as it will be frozen to the shingles and prying it loose may do more damage than good. You could leave the ice there and just make a tempory channel for water drainage as outlined here............

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Sounds like you got most of it off and should be OK.

Hey, welcome to the forum!!!!!!!!!!!!biggrin


 



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What is it that the doctors say?....confuse...Oh yeah!....I concur. biggrin

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2 words........Roof rake...........For those who don't know what that is, its like a little snow shovel mounted backwards on a long stick. You stand on the ground and pull the snow off the roof,...They are very common up here.

http://www.avalanche-snow.com/index.asp

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But, you have a pile up there now, ot will probably have to be shovelled off.....Thing is, what is more dnagerous is a heavy load in one spot than an even load over the whole roof........so, try and get it off evenly.....if you know what I mean.

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all of the above - PLUS - try and NOT walk around on the Mobile Home roof if at all possible - - sometimes it is necessary but avoid whenever possible - - thumbsup.gif

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Success, I got all the snow off the roof.  This is a more modern style mobile home with I would say 4 by 12 pitch on it with shingles.  There was NO WAY I could not walk around on the roof because of the distance involved to get to the peak.  I just worked slowly and got all the snow on the ground safely.  I feel alot safer with it on the ground and not on the roof. 

Now I can get some seat time with my tractor with its front loader,  I do have a heck of a mess to clean up but its on the ground where it can not cause damage.  Just a big pile of snow next to the house over my drains so even if I left it it will drain away slowly.  But it makes it a lot harder to walk into the house.  This was wet sloppy snow and it was heavy,  I know as my 51 year old back and arms are sure feeling it now.

For the most part the gutters are jammed with ice and I did not play with them figuring that by next week the ice will have melted and not further damage will be done by not touching or working to hard near the ice build up.  The ice is clear and I did discover something in the gutters.  I discovered a small mud wasp home built into the gutters with several unopened compartments.  Oh well that is one group of mud wasps that will never come to bother me. 

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Hey, seems like a success story ta me...snow is off the roof safely, a wasp's nest has been dealt with, aaaannd yer gonna play with a tractor. What more could a fella ask fer? biggrin

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Glad you managed to "Giter Done" - - I had pictured the older flatter style roofs, is why I mentioned not getting on the roof - - - sorry - I guess I need to get out of the house more often biggrinbiggrinbiggrinbiggrin

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We got 3" more of wet sloppy snow overnight and have warmed up to 39 degrees this morning. 

Boy I am glad I got the snow off the house now.  Right now the wind is blowing about 15-20 MPH and it is raining.  I am just let the snow sit where it is at as I checked the drains this morning, they have water running into the backyard as the land slopes from the front to the back and it looks good.  I expect the back yard to have a pond in it soon but that is the designed in when I built this place.



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