Thaw could lead to leaky roofs

The snow and ice is no longer creating problems on the road, but it might soon be problematic for homeowners.

"It melts, and then it freezes and it backs up under the shingles,â?? said John Bender, Gilroy's Hardware.

Warmer weather means melting, but then what melts can freeze again at night. That can damage roofs, and lead to leaks.

John Bender runs a hardware store in Frankenmuth. His suggestion is to remove the snow and ice before it becomes an issue.

"That's the number one thing, if you can get the snow off your roof you're not going to have ice up there,â?? said Bender.

If you need to get rid of any ice, Bender says calcium chloride works the best. But his store has run out, and many other stores in the area are seeing the same trend.

"What it does, it melts through and forms a path for the water to leave,â?? said Bender.

If you try other ice melting substances it can cause even more problems.

"Calcium chloride won't harm your shingles. Where, if you use rock salt, or salt products that can get in at the nails, rust the nails, rust the edging around your roof,â?? said Bender.

Using roof rakes to get the snow off is another popular option, but Bender is also out of those.

There are several ways to get rid of the ice and snow, but safety also comes into play.

"If there's ice on your roof, you don't want to be walking around up there,â?? said Bender.

Bender suggests using a ladder to reach the roof, but then throwing the calcium chloride pucks onto the roof to avoid walking on the ice.