Get Rid of Icicles... Properly

7:05 AM, Feb 8, 2011   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY - Kevin Rattle spent part of Monday night breaking-up the ice on the roof of a house in Tonawanda.

"There was leaking, leaking in the front door and in the bay window there," said Rattle.

Rattle runs Genesis Restoration and has been in the business for 22 years. And an effect of that ice buildup can be icicles. Especially when the weather warms up just enough to get them melting.

"It's always best to take them down before they come down themselves because you have no idea where they're going to go," said Rattle. "They could go into a window even."

"Have you seen that before?" 2 On Your Side's Josh Boose asked Rattle.

"Yes," he replied.

And the best way to get those icicles down?

"Just take you snow shovel and just clip them off as high up as you can get them, push them away from the house so it's not going against the siding," said Rattle.

You'll have to keep up with it, he says, as more snow and ice melts on the roof and more icicles then form.

Rattle says preventive measures will save you a lot in the long run.

"Do people take it too lightly?" Boose asked Rattle.

"Yes, in fact, sometimes they don't even notice and because of that they build up and get real huge and then they don't know how to deal with them," Rattle replied.

And that might require a visit from someone like him, or worse, a trip to the emergency room.

Rattle says he gets at 10 to 20 calls every winter about icicles doing some damage to homes and businesses. His advice; stay ahead of the icicles so they don't get too big and if they get too big to handle and their right under a doorway or walkway, call a professional.

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