Some areas of southern B.C. have seen more than a foot of snow over the past week, much of it remaining on top of homes.
With more snow anticipated for late Wednesday and into Thursday, do homeowners need to worry?
Structural engineer Mark Nikkel says for most homes, removing snow from rooftops is not necessary because of the type of snow seen right now.
“There could always be a problem with a particular building like deterioration or poor design but this kind of snow we are seeing now is well in the realms of design building codes.”
Nikkel adds the biggest danger is snow falling and hitting people, and recommends letting it slide down rather than trying to clean sections off.
“Watch out for slope roofs, especially slippery roofs like metal or glass roofs like a skylight over top of an entrance where snow can fall.”
Speaking to the civic duty of snow removal, City of Burnaby Manager Lambert Chu reiterates that public safety is a top concern.
“Please be a good neighbour and help out your neighbour in doing that chore.”
Chu says the most important thing for homeowners to do is to keep gutters and storm drains clear.
“When the snow starts melting it is important to keep in mind that all roof drains are free from snow piles and so that water can be drained away freely, so not to damage the roof and house.”
He advises homeowners should consult with a professional if more than a couple feet of snow has accumulated on rooftops in order to relieve the load in a safe matter.
With files from Koy Tayler