Summer is here! In Arizona, that means the beginning of monsoon season which usually lasts from June through September. It’s time to brush up on your severe storm knowledge. Protect your home from water damage by preparing for this season before disaster strikes. The rain, wind and dust create the perfect opportunity for water or mold damage to take hold in your home or business in the Phoenix area. Before the season progresses, spend a few hours on summer monsoon damage prevention maintenance.
- Start by signing up for your local emergency alert system. Paying attention to the news is important but being automatically alerted in case a monsoon occurs may give you the extra time you need to gather supplies or evacuate.
- Create a plan. Meet with your family to discuss evacuation routes, a safe meeting place and the dos and don’ts of monsoon season.
- Gather supplies. An emergency kit usually includes water, food, extra batteries for a radio and any other necessities you need for a few days.
- Protect important documents. Place originals in an airtight container on a high shelf and make digital copies that can be accessed anywhere.
- Record your belongings with photos and videos. A visual representation of the items in your home is helpful when filing an insurance claim.
Large amounts of rain in a short period can cause flooding. This type of flooding is especially dangerous because you don’t have a lot of time to prepare. Make sure your gutters and downspouts are working properly and directed away from your home. It’s also important to check that your windows and doors are all able to close completely without any gaps. These small maintenance steps can make a big difference during a downpour. However, you may want to consider larger flooding prevention tactics like placing sandbags in front of doorways. You can often pick up sand from a local fire department during monsoon season.
High winds can cause damage by flipping over cars and ripping off siding from your home and can carry debris long distances. These flying missiles are a safety concern all on their own. That’s why it’s important to take shelter during monsoons and check for loose debris around your home. Before monsoon season progresses any further, trim large tree branches or any other greenery that is too close to your home and put away outdoor gardening tools and patio furniture.
- Make an extra emergency kit for your car in case you unexpectedly need to wait out a storm or experience road closures.
- Don’t drive into running water. Even a few inches can create a safety hazard.
- If you experience a dust storm or heavy rain while driving, pull off the road as far right as possible, turn off your lights, set the parking brake and take your foot off the brake pedal so others know not to follow you.
- Pay attention to loose rocks that may fall into roadways. Rain can loosen debris above highways and other roadways.
ServiceMaster Architerra provides a comprehensive service package for homeowners and business owners alike. From mold remediation to fire damage cleanup, our highly trained technicians are prepared and certified to help you in any situation. We are certified for fire, water and mold damage cleanup, and we are experienced in residential and commercial carpet cleaning. We hope the tips above keep you safe and damage-free during monsoon season. If you do experience damage from a monsoon in the phoenix area, contact us.
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