Deck in Colchester collapses under the weight of snow - FOX Carolina 21

Deck in Colchester collapses under the weight of snow

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COLCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -

Rain and warmer temperatures are causing major headaches for some homeowners.

One family in Colchester said the weight of the snow in their backyard was so heavy that it caused their deck to collapse in the middle of the night.

The Kevorkian family said they were shocked to wake up Thursday morning and find their deck completely collapsed in their backyard.

"During the night, I woke up because I sleep right here and I heard a sound like a crash," Maureen Kelly Kevorkian said. "And I thought it was a tree falling."

"We use the deck for almost everything," Peter Kevorkian Jr. said. "People walk in and out on it constantly and now we'll have to make a new one."

The deck caved under the weight of the snow, the family said. The snow was so heavy, it snapped the deck's support beams.

The Kevorkians said after the rain on Wednesday, the snow on their deck was too heavy to shovel.

However, they said they never imagined it would come to this. They said they are also worried they'll lose their pool.

The pool deck is only resting on a few support beams, so without the support of the main deck plus all this heavy wet snow still on top, the Kevorkians said they were worried it too could collapse at any moment.

"We have to find somebody who can come out and brace this corner, as you can see it's tilted," Maureen Kelly Kevorkian said.

Contractor Jarrett Kravitz runs Advantage Contracting, a construction business out of West Hartford.

Kravitz said when it comes to protecting your deck, it's important not to underestimate the weight of the snow.

"As the water and rainfall hit the snow, the density of snow increases exponentially," Kravitz said.

Kravitz also said a deck shouldn't collapse if it's properly maintained and he offered advice for clearing off the snow.

"Start on the far side of the deck closest to the edges, and start working your way back from there," Kravitz said. "Otherwise you're going to be pushing a whole lot more snow to get to that edge."

As for the Kevorkians, they said they wish they'd acted sooner because now they have no choice to rebuild.

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