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Prepare your Home for Monsoon Season Now

July 1, 2013

For decades the National Weather Service marked the Monsoon with a technical measurement but in 2008 they decided to keep things simple and mark the official start of the Arizona monsoon season on June 15th and ending on September 30th. The magnitude of the monsoon weather depends on exactly where you live in Arizona, but we could see heavy rainfall, electrical storms, dust storms and monster winds or microbursts.

A microburst is a small, very intense downdraft that descends to the ground resulting in a strong wind divergence. Microbursts are capable of producing winds of more than 100mph causing significant damage and are sub-classified as dry or wet microbursts depending on how much rain accompanies the microburst when it reaches the ground. Your neighborhood may have flooding due to a microburst, while an area on the other side of town has no rain at all.

You can help prevent your home from storm related water damage by being prepared ahead of time.

  • Make sure the roof is in good condition. The dangerous dust storms and high winds can wreak havoc on your roof, especially if it is not in good shape to begin with. Check it thoroughly and replace any missing or damaged shingles or tiles.
  • Make sure flashings are in good shape and install gutters and downspouts if you don’t have any to help keep the water from pooling around the foundation.
  • If you already have gutters and downspouts, make sure they’re free of debris and diverting the water away from your home.
  • If you have a flat roof make sure your scupper openings are clear of debris and drain properly
  • Check your landscaping. Gravel and dirt can accumulate against the foundation causing faulty grade. Faulty grade increases the risk of water entering the structure through the weep screed and entry points.

Here are a few tips for power outages:

  • Use surge protectors to protect your electronics
  • Don’t open the refrigerator or freezer – they will protect your food for 24 hours
  • Replace flashlight batteries now
  • Store extra candles and matches
  • Secure your pets that are frightened by the thunder and lightning

If you have trees in your yard, particularly those standing close to your house, you will want to thin them out so that the wind blows through the branches instead of knocking them around. Some may even need to be removed. Even if small branches blow slightly against your roofing without being ripped off trees by the wind, they can remove some of the coating that protects tiles or shingles.

If your home suffers water damage...

Time is the most critical factor when dealing with water damage -- every second counts. Delay in removing water and moisture will lead to serious structural property damage and additionally, possible secondary mold damage that will continue until professional action is taken.

Don't wait to protect your home or business after water or moisture has entered...waiting will cause further damage. What often starts out as a small leak or drip can quickly wreak havoc as much of the damage is invisible to the naked eye while major water related damage is occurring in the wall including harmful mold.

Don't wait to protect your home or business after water or moisture has entered...waiting will cause further damage. What often starts out as a small leak or drip can quickly wreak havoc as much of the damage is invisible to the naked eye while major water related damage is occurring in the wall including harmful mold.

Article provided courtesy of Abracadabra Restoration. For more information call (520)-323-3261 or toll free at (877)-378-3737 or visit their website at www.abrarest.com

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