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Yesterday I posted about a roof I had inspected here in Connecticut that had been assaulted by a fool with a power washer. What I did not discuss was the additional damage done by another contractor over this past winter.

Connecticut experienced a record setting snowfall over the course of the 2010 - 2011 winter. January was the snowiest on record. Roof collapses were occurring with alarming regularity. As a result roof clearing became an in demand business as frighten folks sought relief from snow anxiety. As what usually happens when a huge and unexpected demand for a service arises, the hacks and charlatans come out of the wood work to take advantage.Gouged shingles from snow clearing

My client had obviously hired someone to clear his roof. He had ice damming related leaks and was in a bind.

I believe he hired the firm of Larry, Curly and Moe.

I have inspected a fair number of roofs this late winter. I have seen the occasional scraps and gouges from roof clearing, but have not happened across any roof that has been so brutally beaten.

The marks in the first photo are clearly from someone using a shovel or spade and chopping at the snow or ice. The broken shingles in the second photo are from shoveling up the roof, catching the blade under the shingle.Broken shingles due to snow clearing

It never ceases to amaze me how some "companies" perform their "services". With this particular roof insult has now been added to injury.

 

 

 

James Quarello
Connecticut Home Inspector
2010 - 2011 SNEC-ASHI President
NRSB #8SS0022
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

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James Quarello
Connecticut Home Inspector
Former SNEC-ASHI President
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

 ASHI Certified Inspector

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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I have been seeing the same problems here in NH as the snow melts and missing shingles are popping up along with ice pick marks, hammer marks and yesterday axe marks on a roof.

Mar 15, 2011 01:48 AM #1
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Dale Ganfield
Leland, NC

Hi James, the LCM team was determined to get that ice and snow off the roof.  They had to work really hard at it.  I am curious was there any evidence of roof sheathing damage?

Mar 15, 2011 01:52 AM #2
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

James,

You forget the roofers are "he-men" and they do what they have to do to clear the roof.

Mar 15, 2011 02:34 AM #3
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Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

Just more proof to further establish the need to solve the problem rather than treat the symptoms. You photos are good examples of the damage that was caused.

Mar 15, 2011 03:11 AM #4
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Jim,

It never stops to amaze me how you can create one problem when trying to solve another. Can you imagine how hard they must of worked at that to do that damage. Chipping ice is no fun ; )

Mar 15, 2011 05:17 AM #5
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Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Jim a lot of people paid big money to get the roof cleaned, and now will pay bigger money to get it repaired. There were many contractors out there that knew how to properly clear a roof, but their work will be overlooked because of the hacks that did the damage.

Mar 15, 2011 05:45 AM #6
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Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Maybe they just had to get the snow off the roof so it didn't leak.... which clearly it does now!

Mar 15, 2011 06:10 AM #7
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Laura Sargent
Carolina One Real Estate - Mount Pleasant, SC

Roofs, attics, crawl spaces... it's all the areas where no one wants to go and so many problems can happen by those doing shoddy work.  

Mar 15, 2011 09:38 AM #8
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Jeremy Wrenn
Winslow Homes - Youngsville, NC
C.O.O., Winslow Homes

Jim, we replace shingles like the second photo all the time, but usually from wind damage & not from shovel damage!

Mar 15, 2011 06:04 PM #9
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

I think the three boys you mention were employed by the firm Dewey, Shaftem & Howe.

Mar 16, 2011 12:12 AM #10
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Scott, I'm sure it's happening all over New England

Dale, No, they were careful :)

Steve, Including causing the leaks they were trying to prevent?

Robert, Just a sampling. There much more areas that looked similar.

Don, I agree. It takes some work to cause that amount of damage.

Ed, The problem was we were in a "crisis". So everyone with a shovel, a ladder and pick up became roof clearing companies.

Craig, Yep!

Laura, I believe that to be true.

Jeremy, Well there will be plenty of people related damage to fix this year here in CT.

Jay, Yes, for sure. I believe they are one of the many division of that company.

Mar 17, 2011 12:05 AM #11
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