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Appreciation: Roofer rescued widow's home

I wish to relate a bad experience I had Oct. 29, on a Friday morning. I am a widow living in a mobile home. I walked through my utility/laundry room to get my paper from my porch. My floor was flooded, my ceiling was wet and dripping water, and water was also seeping out of the enclosed area where my hot water tank is. Was it the hot water tank or a roof leak? While placing towels to soak up the water, throwing wet towels in the dryer and replacing them with more dry towels, I started making phone calls to both plumbers and roofers.

I called six plumbers, also six roofers, but all had recorders. One plumbing office gave a cell phone number in case of emergencies. I called, but he said no one was able to come to my assistance, and furthermore, no one worked weekends. No one returned my calls, that is, until after dark by a roofer who apologized, but had just come in late. So he would come over Saturday morning and bring supplies to try and help me.

He did arrive Saturday morning, but in the meantime, I was desperate and called my son, who arrived earlier and discovered a tube coming out of the tank, carrying hot water to the sink, was leaking badly. He turned off the water to the tank and left to get the supplies he needed.

The gentleman roofer did come. I pointed out the steam and moisture rising from the enclosed tank area, soaking the ceiling.

I want people to know there is one man out of 12 who still has the integrity my husband, Daryl Franzen, had when he was in business. That man was from the roofing company of Four Seasons Roofing of Oak Harbor. I didn’t get the man’s name, but I deeply appreciate the one and only business, out of 12 that I called, that would come to my assistance in an emergency, and on a Saturday. It truly is an emergency when one’s house is flooding.

Chic Franzen

Coupeville

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