As snow transitions to rain, it’s important to verify your rooftop drains and downspouts are functioning. A few simple steps can prevent damage to flat roof buildings and reduce the risk of landslides.
Seattle building codes account for heavy snow loads in the event of a winter storm. Generally, structures should respond well to anticipated snow accumulations.
However, rain on top of melting snow can create added weight to hillsides and flat rooftops. As snow begins to melt, it’s important to ensure rooftop drains and downspouts are functioning and clear of ice or other obstructions. If you choose to remove snow from your rooftop, please apply best practices for safe removal.
Landslides can occur anytime soils becomes over-saturated. To reduce the risk of landslides, please do the following:
- Maintain drainage systems to ensure water is flowing as approved and away from steep hillsides (unclog storm drains)
- If you have an irrigation system, shut it off and check it annually for water leakage
- Perform periodic inspections for signs of soil movement (cracked soil or leaning trees)
If if you experience damage to your property and feel concerned for your safety, leave the premises and call 9-1-1. First-responders will coordinate with our structural inspectors to evaluate whether a structure may remain occupied if damaged. You can also contact us directly at (206) 615-0808.