Tips on Roof Snow Removal!


Clearing the snow off your roof from the gutters up three or four feet after each storm can help ice dams from forming.  Care needs to be taken.  It may not be a great idea to use a ladder in icy weather.  You can use a snow rake from the ground to scrape off the lower layers.

A flat roof is more suspectible to damage and is easier to clean.  Take care when shoveling off the roof even if it is flat.  The more snow you can get off the less strain on the roof.  Trying to clean the roof after each storm is generally easier than waiting until the weight on the roof has accumulated to a dangerous height.

Ice Dams.  What is an ice dam?  Ice dams can form when water from melting snow refreezes at the edge of your roofline.  When snow accumulates on the roof, an ice dam may grow large enough to prevent water from draining off the roof.  This water can back up underneath roof shingles and leak into your home.

The best way to prevent an Ice Dam from forming is to clean the snow regularly off the roof.  Also try to clean the downspouts.  You can also try to knock the icicles that are hanging over the edge off.  Check the attic for signs of any water damage.

To remove an Ice Dam, you need to melt it by putting Calcium Chloride Ice Melt in a nylon stocking across the Ice Dam.  Do not use Rock Salt.  It can damage your roof.  If you cannot safely reach the roof, hire a professional.

You can help prevent Ice Dams by insulating your attic well or installing a water-repellent membrane underneath the shingles when your replace your roof.

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This Blog was originally published on on February 27, 2015

Get on Page One of Google

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Destination SouthCoast helps you show up on Google’s page one!

Get your web listing on the first page of Google search results! There is a popular saying that you can hide a dead body on page two of Google search results. Don’t let your web site become a dead body. By following these simple steps or letting the web building experts at Destination South Coast help you, your online presence will soon be popping up high on the web’s most popular search engine.

The most important trick is to keep your web site full of active content. What is active content? Active content is made up of fresh postings that the Google software notices when it combs the web for sites that are worth putting up on page one as major players in cyberspace.

How do you keep your content fresh? You want to be updating your web site with new information every week! Blogs are the best way to get Google’s attention because not only do the articles contain words relevant to your business that help people find you, but blogs also are built with what are called “keyword tags” that categorize for Google which searches they should show up in.

Keep your web site interesting, up-to-date, and responsive to Google by knowing how to use blogs and keywords to your best turnout. Look for future blogs on Destination South Coast for hints on using keywords. As for blogs, get subjects into your writing that are related to what people might be searching for when they use Google to find your business.

For example, if you are a fish market, think about posting on your web site information about the most interesting catch-of-the-day. Include recipes and nutrition information. Be sure to mention your location and how you can be contacted. You want to come up on the search page first if an interested customer enters “seafood market near New Bedford” or asks Google “where can I buy lobster in the South Coast region?”

For help with using blogs and keywords to keep your content fresh and make it turn up on page one of a Google search, call Destination South Coast and the Beyond Bold Media marketing team that creates it at 508-997-8844.