Pittsburgh, PA (4-20-2017) – Today, South of Pittsburgh Doppler radar detected Quarter size hail near in isolated areas of Allegheny, Washington, Westmoreland, Green and Fayette Counties. This hail storm was traveling E at 29 mph and the entire storm produced hail for roughly 1 hour. Radar reported a max hail size of 1.5″ and an average hail size of 1.11″.
It is estimated that thousands of buildings may have damage to some degree in the affected areas. Based on this information, you should check your roof and siding for potential damage and report it to your insurance company right away.
Watch out for Out-Of-Town Scam Artists
Call the Big Fish Contracting Co. for assistance in getting your roof or siding damage properly appraised by a trusted professional servicing Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas for years. Ben Fisher, President and Founder of the The Big Fish Contracting Co. stated that he’s concerned that “Out-Of-Town Storm Chasers” will pray on the residents where there was hail damage. Watch out for those non-local “storm damage” representatives that come knocking on your door.
Storm chasers are responsible for a big portion of roofing scams
Source: Angie’s List
According to Angie’s List “Storm chasers are responsible for a big portion of roofing scams.”
Out of all the roofing scammers, the out-of-town storm chasers are the most publicized, yet people all across the country fall victim to them. Also known as roofing gypsies, these roofers travel around the country following the paths of storms looking for homeowners to exploit.
“The Weather Bureau will say which areas have hail or wind damage,” says Paul Tansey, owner of highly rated Tans’ Quality Roofing Inc. in Chicago. “The chasers pay attention to those readings and they know the insurance companies will allow for roof replacement in those areas.”
The way the scam works is the storm chasers will blanket an area hit by hail or wind damage and look for unsuspecting homeowners in need of roof repairs. They’ll pass out leaflets and even show up unannounced or offer a free inspection.