5 Tips to Help You Prepare for Arizona’s Summer Monsoons
As soon as the scorching heat of June begins to move out, the thunderclouds will begin moving in, bringing thunderstorms. Our annual monsoon rains in Arizona are an afternoon light show, reminiscent of the July 4th festivities.
It's time to start preparing for the monsoon season. Since the almost daily monsoon can bring sudden strong rains, wind, and lightning strikes, a little advance planning can help keep us safe during the rainy season in Arizona.
5 Tips to Prepare for the Arizona Monsoons
1. Check Your Roof for Damage
If you don't check in advance, the coming rains will make you keenly aware of any trouble you might be having with your roof.
Before the rains start, check to be sure your roof is in good condition. Heavy rain and wind can cause further damage to a weak roof, so it's important to fix any issues before the monsoon arrives. You might consider hiring an experienced roofer to make sure your roof is in good shape before the busy season arrives.
2. Clear Gutters and Drains
Make sure that monsoonal rain has a place to go when it comes down. Clear away any debris from gutters and drains. Thinking ahead will help prevent water from pooling on your roof or around your property.
3. Trim Trees and Shrubs Around Your Property
Trim any overhanging branches or shrubs near your home. Dead or dying tree limbs could potentially fall or cause damage during a storm. Do this ahead of time - especially before wind or lightning makes standing on a ladder even more dangerous.
4. Secure outdoor Furniture and Objects
Make sure the objects in your back and front yards won't end up being projectiles when the wind and rain kicks up. Be sure to secure patio furniture and any decorations or loose objects that could be picked up by strong winds.
5. Stock Up on Emergency Supplies:
Power outages are almost guaranteed at least some of the time during the summer monsoon season. Prepare enough food, water, and other essential supplies for power outages or other emergencies.
Many Arizona properties are on wells - wells run on electricity. Make sure you have water set aside in case you can't really pump water from your well.