Rain. Wind. Hail. Haboobs. This is your official warning that the Arizona monsoon season is only one month away! Don’t wait until there are literal storm clouds on the horizon to prep your home. If you set aside a little time over the next few weekends to make sure everything is in order, you could save yourself a lot of headaches between the official start of the season on June 15 and its end on September 30.
While the temperature dips may be nice, all that inclement weather can bring some nasty surprises with it. So, if you live in the Phoenix area, now is the time to prepare. Here are Shea Homes® top tips to get your home ready for the monsoons.
Prepare plants and trees
Protect your plants (and your home!) by preparing in advance. Trim any big tree branches that could snap off and damage your roof. Stake down young trees that might not make it through an intense storm. And remember, the heavy monsoon rains that often come before the strong winds can loosen the soil and make trees more prone to becoming uprooted.
Evaluate your Home’s Drainage
If you’ve noticed drainage issues in your yard that cause pooling of water during a rain storm, make sure you have it taken care of before the monsoons hit. You may need to hire a landscaping company to provide a drainage solution that will keep your yard and home protected from possible flooding.
Install or Clean Out Rain Gutters and Downspouts
Rain gutters and downspouts are the best way to direct the rain that comes from monsoon microbursts or macrobursts away from your home. Don’t wait until it’s too late to make sure yours are ready to do their job and divert the rain away from your home’s foundation.
Clean out the Garage
If you’re the type to procrastinate your spring cleaning well beyond spring, now is the perfect time to put the family to work and clean out that over-stuffed garage. Parking your car on the street or in the driveway could put it at risk during the monsoon storms since flying branches and falling trees are common occurrences when the wild weather comes to town. Make room in the garage for your car and keep it safe from flying objects, as well as hail, rain and wind.
For more information on the June 15 through September 30 monsoon season in the Southwest, visit http://www.monsoonsafety.org/.