Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Repairs after the Hail Storm

Following the recent hail storm that passed through our area, Community Policing Officer Mike Betten has been receiving calls from citizens regarding contractors they feel are suspicious.

A reputable roofing company suggests not taking hasty actions. They advise that although your roof may be damaged, it might not be leaking. Recommendations are to inspect attics for apparent leaks and inspect the roof from the ground for any visible damage such as missing shingles, holes, or divots. It is also recommended you monitor the interior for water damage.

Given the high volumes of calls insurance and roofing companies are receiving, they may not be able to return calls immediately. Many are only accepting calls from previous customers. Patience will be needed to allow roofing companies and insurance adjusters the time needed to provide an accurate assessment of your home. Any damage that does not pose an immediate concern will likely take months, or even up to a year to address unless as noted above, you are a previous customer of a contractor or roofing company.

Contractors soliciting business door to door in residential neighborhoods are governed under the provisions of Overland Park Municipal Code Chapter 5.64. The ordinance can be found on the internet at http://www.opkansas.org/Doc/564-Solicitors.pdf

No solicitor notices or signs must be posted at the front entrance of your home for the ordinance to be enforced. No soliciting stickers may be purchased at City Hall located at 8500 Santa Fe. Persons ignoring such signs or acting suspicious may be reported to the police department at 913/895-6300, or if the need for police presence is immediate, by calling 9-1-1.