SALINAS, Calif. (KION) Days of heavy rainfall has put a strain on Central Coast homes, and in the last few days, roofing companies have been flooded with calls about water leaks.
Most people do not usually check to make sure their roof is in good condition in case that big storm hits. Some families in Salinas were not prepared for the downpour that happened on Monday.
Roofing companies like Noble Pride, based in Salinas, have been getting over 30 calls to repair leaky roofs.
"We've been unable to accommodate everybody. They want it the repair done the same day, and sometimes they don't want to wait a day, and our crews are just full," said Frank Stephens, the general manager of Noble Pride Roofing Company.
In some cases, years without maintenance means dirt and debris can collect over rooftop infrastructure. The water then cannot drain properly and may seep into the house.
Damage over time could also play a factor.
"You know, the roofs too old, it needs repair. Maybe they had some shingles blow off," said Stephens. "Usually it could be a detail that finally opened up over time."
If you do see water bubble form on your ceiling, don't let it collapse. Take a pencil and poke a hole in the center of it and allow the water to drip out using a bucket. The whole ceiling could cave in if you leave it alone.
The lesson learned is to check your roof every year. If you do face a leak, call roofing experts as soon as possible.