Consistent rains dampening business for outdoor workers

Consistent rains dampening business (Madeline Montgomery/WPDE)

Consecutive rainy days are meaning less pay for workers whose office is the outdoors.

"I'm probably speaking for every landscaping company around here: it's gotten everybody behind, it's caused a lot of, you know, switching your schedules around to try to find stuff to do that you can do out in the rain," said Jason Drake, owner of Drake's Complete Landscaping.

There's not much they can do in the rain.

"They trimming bushes, cleaning beds out, picking weeds out of the beds, anything to do to keep the property up," said Drake.

Cutting the grass is out of the question.

"You can't really cut properly when the grass on the ground is this saturated. You can leave ruts, you know, you can do more harm than you can do good," said Drake.

A Monarch Roofing rep says rainy days get them down as well.

"It makes other divisions busier and then other divisions are slower. So what we're doing right now is we're, our repair department is really busy, okay, so there's a lot more leaks that's going on, but our re-roof division, which is roof replacement, is really slow right now," said Mark Godaire.

On the bright side, once the sun comes back out, that means more calls.

"Right now, we are running into a massive amount of leak calls from people. Which we think is a good thing because if people know where there leaks are now when the hurricane season comes in, they're going to have a little bit more of an idea of how sturdy their roof is," said Godaire.

"The one good thing is the grass is definitely growing, so there will be plenty of work after this simmers down a little bit," said Drake.

In Drake's case, hopefully the grass will be greener on the other side.

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