As a long-time resident of Arizona, you are no stranger to the weather brought about by monsoons. If you aren’t familiar with monsoon country—like the greater Arizona area—when is the ideal time to prep? Now! Are impending storms really that worrisome? They are, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
The 2019 monsoon season is predicted to start in mid-June and run through the end of September. This could mean a whole lot of rain, wind, hail and dust pelting your house from the rooftop down to the foundation.
Ready or not, here it comes! Below are six tips from a general contractor in Gilbert, AZ to help you prepare your home for the 2019 monsoon season:
- Check your roof: The rain has started coming down, and everything seems fine—that is, until you’re woken up in the middle of the night to water dripping in through open spaces in your ceiling. A leaky roof is no walk in the park any time of the year, but during the monsoon season, it’s more of an urgent matter. Before heavy rains arrive, inspect your roof yourself or hire a professional to do it, and patch up any cracks and holes.
- Observe your property’s drainage: If you have drainage issues in your yard when it rains normally, you may be in for a shock come monsoon season. You don’t want water pooling during a rainstorm, so have a pro conduct a drainage evaluation. Afterward, they will be able to offer you draining solutions that will keep your yard and home protected from possible flooding.
- Unclog rain gutters and downspouts: Your home’s rain gutters and downspouts are a major part of your roof water mitigation system. While prepping for monsoon season, be sure to clean out these components or install new ones. Rainwater flows off the roof and into the gutters, which is then pushed through the downspouts and directed away from your property. Water that does not get diverted can pool at your home’s foundation.
- Make repairs: Schedule a professional roof inspection as early as possible. This way, damaged or missing shingles can be replaced and cracks in the roof filled. You should also replace an old or damaged gutter system.
- Prepare trees and plants: Preparing your trees and plants in advance also protects your home. Trim any large tree branches that could break off and damage your roof, stake down or brace delicate trees to keep them from being whipped around and bring potted plants closer to the house or indoors. Once the storm has passed, check for loose soil that could uproot trees.
- Use sandbags: Using sandbags is a simple, yet effective way to reduce or prevent flood water damage to your property. Properly filling and placing sandbags creates an effective barrier that can divert moving water around structures. Although sandbagging does not guarantee a watertight seal, it is still helpful and worth doing.
Feel free to contact Five Guys Roofing for all your roofing needs. There will be a qualified general contractor in our Gilbert, AZ office waiting to help you!
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