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New leaks mean big business for roofers this week


WKOW (Madison) -- Drip, drip, drip was the sound Virginia Davis heard coming from her eastside dance studio Friday morning .

"Oh my god, not again. It's always something," Davis said, of the leak.

When the five to nine inches of snow from Tuesday's storm began melting, the water had nowhere to go but inside.

Virginia Davis estimates that the cost of snow removal, new ceiling tiles and clean up will be nearly $500.

Businesses like Cruz Roofing & Construction say they're experiencing an uptick in repair work.

"Already at 6 o'clock this morning, my phone was going off the hook for the ice dam removal and there was also the snow," said Cruz Roofing's Rick Cruz.

Cruz reports demand is 60% higher than other years, and triple what it was in 2012. And with warmer temperatures in store for next week, Cruz anticipates that business will only get better.

"With 45 degree weather coming up, it's not good. Whoever has snow and ice on their roofs, they are going to be leaking," Cruz said.

Many houses in the Madison area have at least 10 to 15 inches of snow on the roofs, which according to Cruz is too much. The snow mixed with the heat from attics turns into ice, allowing water to work its way through cracks or tabs in the shingles.  

Cruz recommends using a roof rake, which can be found in hardware stores, to clear the snow, and to break up ice dams.

Mother Nature should do the rest, as roofs can dry out in as little as 30 minutes if the snow and ice is cleared.

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