In the ice dam removal industry, ice dam steaming safety is of great importance. This profession is very dangerous to the workers and can also be very dangerous to bystanders. It is always recommended, and usually practiced by most companies, to employ two people, or more, on every job. Some of the dangers include: falling or sliding off the roof or ladder, large amounts of snow falling off the roof, large chucks of ice crashing to the ground and equipment malfunctions, just to name a few. The importance of two people cannot be stressed enough! The old saying, “safety in numbers” surly holds true in the ice dam steaming world. One person can always be watchful while the other is working.
Ice Dam Steaming Safety
Steam equipment is dangerous for many reasons. If a steamer malfunctions while running and all safety features fail, there are rare instances where the steamer could possibly explode! Having someone near the equipment at all times is a great benefit to everyone. The person near the machine can watch and listen closely for any unusual signs of danger and correct them quickly. If only one person were present, getting down quickly from the roof and over to the steamer in time to make corrections would not be possible and disaster could follow. Not only can the person operating the machine make these important corrections but the person can always make sure the machine stays fueled up and running ensuring the person on the roof can continue to operate in steam temperatures.
Not everyone is trained enough to safely remove ice dams from a roof. It takes a special breed of people to endure the cold and slippery conditions usually high above the ground. These professionals should have knowledge of roofing and safety measures such as safety harnesses as pictured and ladder training. Among the extensive knowledge listed above, it is also pertinent that the company understand low pressure steam equipment and how to combat and correct any problems that may arise.
Ice dam steaming safety is not something to be taken lightly. The dangers are all too real and hiring a safe company to work on your property is essential. We hope that this information gives you a good basis to start looking for someone with the proper ice dam steaming safety. Seek experience and always avoid high pressure power washers on roofs. Hiring our members is always a safe choice! If you have any questions or need to locate our members please contact us now. We reply quickly!