With monsoon season coming up, now is the time to make sure that you are completely prepared to face Arizona’s bipolar weather. Here are a few tips to help you make sure that your home is in tip-top shape and will be able to endure monsoon disasters without any damage, nor panic in the time of a disaster.
Ready the roof for rain
Now is the time to have your roof patched and get to know a company who can help in a crisis. Do they have an emergency number to call after-hours? You should also install gutters and downspouts to divert downpours away from your house. Keep those gutters and scuppers clean and free from debris. Clean off the valleys between sections of your roof.
Trim up your trees
You can save your trees, and home from serious damage by thinning out the trees so that the storm winds blow through branches instead of knocking them around. Pruning trees can also protect against branches hitting and damaging tiles or shingles.
If your home air-conditioning filter does its job during a dust storm, it will catch dust before it enters your duct work or gets on the coils. But if dust clogs your air filter, it can make your unit work harder. We recommend changing the filter once each month with a quality paper, pleated filter, especially during monsoon season. Always wash off your patio after a dusty storm.
Look out for lightning
Lightning can be an inspiring and powerful phenomenon to watch, but very deadly. Popular Science reports from 1995 to 2008, there were 648 deaths from lightning strikes! Arizona gets more lightning strikes than any state except Florida and most occur during monsoons. If you hear thunder, you may be close enough to be struck by lightning. Take shelter in sturdy buildings or hard-topped vehicles.
Flash floods in Arizona are very common during the monsoon season, even in developed areas. If your home or neighborhood is in an area susceptible to flash floods, make sure you have checked your home for possible leaks and know who to call if your home becomes flooded.
These are just a few actions you can take to ensure your home stays safe and makes it through another of our legendary Arizona monsoons.
Source Credit: http://ktar.com/story/478157/how-to-prepare-your-home-for-monsoon-season/