The Monsoon isn’t over yet!
As we approach the end of the monsoon season, it’s crucial to ensure that your home is adequately prepared to withstand the heavy rains, and high winds. Taking proactive steps to safeguard your property can help prevent damage and provide peace of mind. Here are a few steps you should do to prepare for the last month.
Clean Gutters and Downspouts:
- One of the first tasks on your monsoon preparedness checklist should be cleaning your gutters and downspouts. Remove any leaves, debris, or blockages to prevent water from overflowing and causing damage. Regularly inspect and clean them before the monsoon season begins to ensure optimal functioning.
Inspect and Repair the Roof:
- A sturdy roof is your first line of defense against monsoon damage. Inspect your roof for loose or damaged shingles and promptly repair them. Check for any signs of leaks or areas where water can penetrate. If needed, engage a professional roofer to conduct a thorough inspection and address any issues.
Trim Trees and Branches:
- Before monsoon season arrives, trim any overhanging tree branches near your house. Strong winds can cause branches to break and potentially damage your property. By removing these hazards, you reduce the risk of property damage and minimize the chance of power outages caused by falling branches.
Secure Outdoor Items:
- Protect your outdoor furniture, decorations, and other loose items by bringing them indoors or securing them. Patio umbrellas, grills, potted plants, and lightweight objects can become dangerous projectiles during a storm. Safely storing or securing them minimizes the risk of damage to your property and prevents potential harm to others.
Check and Clean Drainage Systems:
- Ensure proper drainage by inspecting and cleaning your yard’s drainage systems. Clear any debris or obstructions in storm drains, French drains, and swales to allow water to flow away from your property. This precaution reduces the likelihood of flooding and water accumulation near your home.
Install or Maintain Weather Stripping:
- Well-sealed windows and doors are crucial for keeping rainwater out of your home. Check the weather stripping around windows and doors and replace any worn-out or damaged sections. This simple step prevents water leaks during heavy downpours and helps maintain a comfortable and dry interior.
Check and Repair Seals:
- In addition to weather stripping, inspect the seals around windows, doors, and other openings. Damaged or deteriorated seals can allow water to seep into your home. Replace any compromised seals to reinforce your home’s protection against moisture and potential water damage.
Reinforce Garage Doors:
- High winds during monsoon storms can pose a significant threat to your garage doors. Reinforce them with additional bracing or consider installing a garage door bracing kit. These reinforcements offer added strength and stability, minimizing the risk of damage and enhancing the overall resilience of your garage.
Prepare an Emergency Kit:
- Finally, assemble an emergency kit with essential supplies. Include items such as flashlights, batteries, non-perishable food, bottled water, a first aid kit, and a battery-powered radio. These provisions will prove invaluable during power outages or other emergencies that may arise during monsoon season.
If you need help with any of these steps, contact Response Crew at 480-525-9825 . If we don’t provide the service you need we have amazing referral partners as well as midterm solutions like covering parts of your roof with tarps until you find a roofer.