Tropical Storm Elsa brought heavy rains and strong winds through southwest Florida.
The rain and winds caused damage to many homes in the area, particularly in Cape Coral. Now roofers say they have been inundated with calls from local customers saying they need to be fixed because of leaks.
Savannah Skaggs, a receptionist at Nastar Roofing in Cape Coral, said her call volumes skyrocketed after Tuesday’s tropical storm.
Down the street from Nastar is Champions Roofing. Ian Vasta, the company’s sales director, said they are experiencing the same thing, but while the volume of calls is high, these types of calls are typical at this time of year.
“A lot is being exposed right now so people can find leaks,” said Vasta.
Nastar and Champions crews were sent out to investigate homeowner complaints. The homes checked out by the Champions crews appeared to have been damaged by Tuesday’s wind.
“It’s everywhere from small leaks to a torrent through your house,” Skaggs said.
In a house in Cape Coral, a Nastar crew laid a tarpaulin over damage caused by a branch of a palm tree.
However, since some roofs are still wet, there is not much roofers can do until things are dry.
Roofers say that despite the wait for it to dry and the increase in calls, they are ready to handle anything and do not expect any delays in repairs.