Here is another in our continuing series of articles about things going on around Rochester.
Anyone who had to endure the month of February in Rochester will tell you that it’s been one of the harshest winters to date. Though the weather has warmed and the snow has (mostly) stopped falling, the effects of the ice and snow are still being felt throughout the region.
Many homes in Rochester have been damaged by the ice, snow, and cold temperatures, and roofs and pipes are the most affected. Part of the problem is that there was so much snowfall but temperatures never rose high enough for it to melt.
One home in Spencerport was covered with ice and snow for nearly two months before the roof could no longer support the weight of the ice and snow.
“We came in here and we looked up at the ceiling and we noticed a line in the ceiling like a bulge,” said homeowner Kathleen O’Hare-Stewart.
Roofing repair contractor Tim Thomas told WHAM 13 News that he’s been in the business for 40 years and has yet to see a winter have this much impact on homes.
Though temperatures have warmed in recent weeks, many homeowners are also still dealing with frozen and burst pipes as a result of prolonged frigid temperatures.
Experts say that if a sewer system is over 40 years old it probably needs replacing, but there are a number of factors that can affect the integrity of one, namely harsh weather. This spring should see a number of homeowners needing sewer line or pipe repair.
According to WHAM 13 News, hundreds of people in Monroe County are still using shoddy and makeshift set ups so that they can have access to water in their homes — some using garden hoses. The hoses have to run all of the time so that water does not freeze inside.
According to the City’s Water Authority, this could unfortunately continue until the ground thaws out.