The Southwest monsoon season is rapidly approaching in Arizona. From mid-June to September, residents can expect pop-up thunderstorms, dust storms and rapidly fluctuating temperatures – all factors that can take a toll on your home. How can homeowners best prepare for the weather and stay dry this summer? Read on for our top three tips on how to plan for a safe monsoon season.
While signs of water damage are quickly noticeable inside the home, it’s more cost-efficient to detect the early signs of damage to your roof before it becomes a bigger (and more expensive) problem. Inspecting your roof for any issues – including failed seals around wall connections and flashings, penetrations caused by debris or general wear – will ensure that your home is protected. If your roof hasn’t been inspected in the last five years, it’s time for a check-up to make sure that it’s performing at its best.
Along with inspecting your roof, it’s important to inspect the gutters of your home. Gutters are designed to efficiently carry water away from the house to avoid damage to the foundation. If the gutters or downspouts are clogged, full of debris or are cracked, they are unable to carry water away, leaving water to pool on the roof – and leaving homeowners vulnerable to water damage.
After inspecting the exterior of the home, the next most important thing a homeowner can do is monitor the interior of their dwelling. Notice a little light coming in from underneath the door? Is that crack in the ceiling getting bigger? Are those pipes still slow to drain? Routine maintenance can be the difference between a dry home and a dusty, damp one after a big storm in the desert. Consider caulking around drafty windows, resealing door jams, and unclogging pipes to avoid being susceptible to the elements.
Preparing the rest of your property for monsoon season can save homeowners from the headache of damage to their home or vehicles (or someone else’s). Debris like low hanging branches, older trees, dry brush and leaves are often the biggest culprit of home damage during a storm with high winds and downbursts that can cause trees to uproot and signs to blow over.
Prepare your plants and trees by cutting back any overgrowth or dead limbs on more established plants in your yard, and double staking smaller or newly planted trees to ensure they stay put during a storm. Removing debris from your yard, including dead leaves, fallen branches and other landscaping waste will also help reduce the amount of debris you may find in your gutters – further protecting your home from damage.
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At RENCO Roofing, we pride ourselves on doing things right the first time. Since 2004, we’ve set our focus on our customers – providing clear communication and doing quality work with integrity so that clients can rest assured knowing their home is protected. If you need help with your next roofing project in Arizona, RENCO Roofing is here for you – whether your project is big or small, we cover it all. Get in touch with us today to request a consultation with one of our team members to get started.