Don’t forget to keep your plumbing vents and roof free of snow. Here’s why.

With the snow accumulation in Minot and the approaching winter season, some less visible issues may arise.

Plumbing vents allow air pressure to escape from the plumbing system. If this vent becomes clogged with snow or ice, potentially harmful gases can become trapped in your home.

Signs of a clog include slow-draining bathtubs and sinks, gurgling in your toilet, and low water pressure.

You can fix some clogs yourself, but if it’s too bad you might need some help.

“You can run hot water through your drains, faucets and showers, things like that, and the hot water actually gives off the warm fumes, and if it’s a thin layer of ice, that could melt through on its own,” Jacob Filkins said. a senior firefighter for the Minot fire department. “But otherwise, if the pipe is frozen, you may need to call a plumber or licensed professional to fix it.”

Another thing to watch out for is the snow on your roof.

The importance of removing the snow depends on the type of roof you have.

“Usually with a pitched roof, it’s not that big of a deal,” Filkins said. “They are designed to take the load, transfer it safely to the ground, and once it reaches a certain height, the snow generally stops accumulating and falls off. If you have a flat roof, it’s a bit more important to keep that weight from affecting the capacity of the roof too much.”

Filkins says he wouldn’t recommend people cleaning their own roof because it could be dangerous, so they should seek professional help.

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