Los Angeles and Orange County expected to be hit with excessive rainfalls this weekend.
At Chandler's Roofing we don't claim to be meteorologists, but we joke about it being our second profession. As a professional roofing contractor in Los Angeles and Orange County, we are always tracking and monitoring weather from multiple sources. We never want to be caught with a roof exposed. From a simple roof repair, to an entire roof replacement, weather matters in our business.
The past few years, residents in Los Angeles and Orange County have been blessed (or cursed depending on how you look at it) with sunny, warm weather and very mild winters. This winter however, has changed all of that and has been putting roofing and solar systems all over Southern California to test. With several rain systems already under our belt this winter, this weekend is expected to bring more substantial downpours onto residents homes and commercial buildings.
"We're expecting very high rainfall totals for Southern California and looking at excessive rainfall totals for the LA Basin (2” – 5” depending on location) in the next 3-4 days (with the heaviest rates occurring overnight Friday into Saturday)," states MetLoop Director of Weather Operations, Tom Crenshaw. "This is potentially a big event to focus on in the next 24-48 hours and potentially one of the biggest rainfall events for Los Angeles in a long while."
The QPF image above is produced by Weather Prediction Center (part of NOAA) and frequently over estimates rainfall totals, but even if it drastically over estimates the rainfall totals, Southern California is set for flooding and other impacts with 1”-3” of rain in a relatively short period of time.
So what does that mean for you, your property and your roof? We are expecting another busy weekend of property owners contacting our office for support and emergency repairs and tarps. "It is winters like this that really show the quality of workmanship and materials that were used by previous roofers in Los Angeles," comments Trevor Leeds, President of Chandler's Roofing. "I can't tell you how many hundreds of calls we have fielded this winter with residents and business owners who were completely caught off guard and can no longer reach their previous contractor."
It is strongly advised to be prepared for this weekends events and proactive management can mean the difference between enjoying these rains, and suffering through massive leaks or business interruption. Take the time within the next 24 hours to assess your property in the following ways:
Finally, we encourage all of our clients and property owners in Los Angeles and Orange County to download MetLoop's severe weather app known as Weather Alarm. If you look at the image above, most of the pink dots you see in the image around the Southern California market are Chandler's Roofing customers who are having their properties monitored 24-7 by the MetLoop meteorology team. By downloading their app onto your phone, you receive real-time severe weather alerts in a proactive manner, right in the palm of your hand for both your fixed property and your mobile device. "We talk to our clients all the time about being proactive and managing their properties in a more effective manner," states Leeds. "The Weather Alarm app has been extremely useful for many of our clients, helping them react and prevent what could have been a pretty tragic situation." You can download the Weather Alarm app in both the Google Play and Apple iTunes stores.
Please be safe, be prepared and on alert this weekend and hopefully with this proactive information your rooftops and properties will be prepared for this onslaught of severe rainfall.
Posted on 02/15/2017 at 02:18:00 PM