With the hot desert sun beating down and the dust starting to swirl, it’s a time most Arizonans know and prepare for: Monsoon Season. Monsoon season, which includes heavy rains, lightning, Electrical Storms and Dust Storms, begins June 15 and lasts until September 15.
What are the Monsoon Winds?
A monsoon is categorized as a change in weather pattern, where dry winds that typically come from the west and southwest will shift to the south and southeast, and that ultimately brings moisture from the Gulf of California.
Here are four tips to prepare your home for the upcoming monsoons.
Check for Leaks and Cracks
The best way to prepare your home for the upcoming monsoons is to have a licensed roofing contractor complete an inspection of your home to check for any leaks, broken, missing or loose shingles or tiles. The roofing contractor will also look for any gaps or cracks around any flashings and if there are any sealants or underpayments that have deteriorated. They are looking for any defects that can make the roof vulnerable to strong rains and winds and to ensure your roof is a strong barrier during these coming storms.
Prune Branches and Trees
Landscaping around your home can cause damage to your home and car during the heavy rain with strong winds. As such, it is important to prune and thin trees near the home. It is important to take care and ensure that large tree branches are trimmed, especially those that may be near or over the roof, to cause severe damage and any weak tree limbs that are removed that could potentially break and hit your home or car.
Check and Install Gutters
Homeowners can check to make sure that gutters and drains are clear and that no debris, branches or other large objects are blocking drainage from the roof and away from the foundation of the home. Broken gutters should be repaired and if there are currently no gutters, the homeowner should find which areas may need them the most to ensure the draining water doesn’t effect the structure of the home or collect on the roof possibly causing more damage and leaking.
Check and Clean Debris in the Yard
Strong monsoon winds of up to 115 mph can easily pick up seemingly harmless objects and create serious damage. Homeowners should inspect their property for big sticks/branches and small rocks that can easily be picked up in the storm. You can try to pick up debris and personal items on a regular basis that can help lower your potential risk of damage to your home.
Should you take all necessary precautions, but the monsoon storms still cause damage to your roof, we are here to help! We have extensive experience with all roof types including shingles, tile, metal and flat roofs. We are a fully licensed and insured roofing contractor with over 70 years of roofing experience. Our company is built on integrity and quality workmanship and customer satisfaction is our main concern. Contact us online.