Professionals warn of dangerous decision to repair roof damage

(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - In the wake of Saturday's storm and with the potential of more rain on its way, residents with damaged roofs may be exploring the idea of making the repairs themselves.

But, that could be a dangerous -- and even deadly -- choice.

Safety should be every homeowner's priority when seeking repairs.

"Even on a roof that is not that steep, if the shingles have been already affected by the wind, they can be very fragile. So, if you walk on those surfaces you could either slip or the shingles break themselves," Excellent Roofing Manager John Bennett said.

It's homes of those like Cordova resident Sheba Hancock that are now left damaged. It forces homeowners to make fast decisions on how to get it fixed.

Hancock wasn't at home when a massive tree uprooted, crushing her shed and part of her roof.

"Trees in my house and in my shed. Thank goodness for the shop part, because the blunt of it got there, you know because it would of gone all the way through where the top part of it is," Hancock said.

The damage in her backyard is clear, but she said the rain made the problems worse.

"I'm just shocked. I've never seen anything like this before," she said. "There are rats coming in from the water we had back here."

The rats coming into her home are the reason she decided to call Bennett for help.

He will take a large crane to move the tree off of her home.

Although many homeowners will try to repair the damage themselves, Bennett said that could be a deadly decision.

"A lot of the injuries happen with people also trying to get from the ladder to the roof and the ladder gives way and slips out from underneath them," Bennett said.

For more safety tips on how to protect you and your home after the storm, click here.

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