The increasing humidity can only mean one thing - Arizona’s monsoon season is here! From June through September, Arizonans may experience high winds, heavy rains, and even thunderstorms. So how does one go about preparing for harsh weather conditions? Quick answer: It all starts at home. Here are ways to prepare your home for monsoon season storms.
Protect your shades and awnings
One good way to protect them is to use sun and wind sensors. Somfy sensors can automatically open or retract your motorized shades and awnings based on weather conditions, so you don’t have to worry about leaving them unattended.
Check your roof and gutters
Before heavy rains start pouring, make sure to do a routine check your gutters. Monsoon winds can send debris flying into your gutters, clogging them. This can cause rain water to overflow and lead to water damage.
You should also get your roof inspected the roof before and after rough storms, to make sure there are no damages that can cause leaks inside your home. Routine check might take some work, but it’s better than spending hundreds of dollars in repairs.
Inspect Your Windows and Screens
If you didn’t get the chance to do a full inspection of your home during spring, now might be the best time to do it. It’s important to check all openings in your home, especially windows. Look for holes that may cause debris and bugs to get in. If you have window screens, make sure they’re attached properly too, as loose screens panels may cause damage to your windows. If you’re unsure, have your windows inspected by reliable shade installers in your area.
Brush up on Safety Practices
Monsoon Safety Awareness week (June 14-19) may have passed, but it’s never too late to educate yourself. The Arizona Emergency Information Network (AzEIN) has compiled a list of articles that can help you and the rest of your household prepare for weather hazards. In their website, you’ll learn how to build a basic emergency supplies kit, flood preparedness, and even pet safety during harsh weather conditions.
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