Plan Ahead to Protect Your Home from Next Year’s Monsoons
With monsoon season behind us, it’s easy to relax and not think about damaging storms until next year when they roll around again. However, the best way to keep your home protected from damaging storms is to plan ahead and protect your home now. Here’s how.
Secure your trees and trim where needed
One of the most common hazards that occurs during a monsoon storm is the uprooting of trees as well as heavy branches being ripped off and crashing into homes and cars. These trees and branches can cause considerable damage to your home or your neighbor’s home. If you’re just planting new trees, be sure that all your smaller or newly-planted trees are double-staked down loosely enough to give enough room for the tree to bend with the gusty winds, but secure enough to prevent them from being ripped out of the ground or broken off by the powerful winds. You should also trim the more mature trees to eliminate the branches that are thinner so that the limbs will have less weight. See exposed tree roots? Add additional soil and rock cover to keep roots from becoming saturated next storm season and uprooting the whole tree.
Make sure your windows and doors are well-sealed
Before the next storm hits, go through the home, and inspect all the windows and doors for any spaces or gaps where water and dirt can get in through. If you see any space within the frames where the seal is, it’s time to replace that weather stripping. Be meticulous as even the smallest amount of water will come in and cause mold which can spread around and will require professional mold remediation and removal. This simple and relatively inexpensive step can save you from awfully expensive repairs so be prepared and do it before the next storm rolls in.
Inspect your roof
After an especially active monsoon season, several roofs are in need of some attention. It’s a good idea to get up on your roof and look for any loose shingles or tiles before the next storm comes around. This should be done regularly throughout the monsoon season but equally important is doing it after the season to get any needed repairs done. Displaced shingles and tiles leave your roof vulnerable to storm elements that could cause even more damages. Undetected damage can cause serious issues even if a small rain shower hits next so get up there and check out your roof or find a professional to do it for you.
Fix those drainage issues now
If you’ve noticed issues with the drainage patterns which cause all the water to collect into pools, it’s time to get those fixed. Get those issues professionally addressed before the storms come again next season. Drainage patterns only worsen over time and can lead to flooding of your property or your home.
While monsoon season has passed for the year, making these quick inspections and easy fixes can save you from potential damage the next time a large storm rolls in. If your home suffered from damage from a recent storm, contact SERVPRO of East Phoenix. We’ll come to your home and address the issue immediately, and work with you to ensure your home is protected from additional storm damage in the future. Call us at 602-507-6163 and get the help you need.