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Updated: Monday, September 30 2013, 03:47 PM MDT
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By: Melissa Gunderson
EL PASO, Texas -- As the Borderland recovers from heavy rainstorms, roofers said they're seeing a huge spike in business.

Workers with Escalante Enterprises said they've been driving all over El Paso and surrounding areas fixing roofs. Monday, they were in West El Paso working on Lee Schwartz's roof.

"I got buckets. I got a bucket to mark the place and I put some towels (down)," said Schwartz.

After last week's storms, Schwartz said she discovered cracks in her roof.

"When we get that kind of rain like we had, the joy of living in the desert and knowing that things are going to blossom and flower, sort of after a couple hours, quickly turns to fear," said Schwartz.

Schwartz said this isn't the first time she's dealt with something like this. She immediately called Escalante Enterprises. It took a few days for workers to help Schwartz because they said business is booming.

"A lot of people who don't maintain their roofs, they're calling us that they're leaking, sheet rock is getting ruined," said Daniel Lujan, foreman for Escalante Enterprises.

Lujan said he's seen a lot of minor cracks and full-on collapsed roofs.

"It just came down. When the sheet rock comes down it gets wet and it gets very heavy," said Lujan.

Lujan said much of the damage could have been avoided if people did routine maintenance.

"You're supposed to maintain it, like, every two years, it's recommended," said Lujan.

Lujan recommended hiring a contractor to check a roof periodically, but if people want to maintain it themselves, there are a few things they can do.

Lujan said to make sure shingles aren't coming loose and check for nail pops.  A nail pop is when a nail pops up through the roof.

"That will cause a leak," said Lujan.

Also, look for any minor cracks. If they're not fixed immediately, Lujan said, when a storm comes, that minor crack will become a major problem.


Contact the Better Business Bureau at 915-577-0191

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