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Dealing With Monsoon Storms

Dealing With Monsoon Storms

Homeowner Maintenance Tips from Sombra Homes

With the monsoon season upon us, we'd like to share a list of items to check to minimize damage from monsoon rains. If you live in Arizona, you’ve seen the damage monsoon rains storms can have. Rainfall is anywhere from 2” to 13” during the season, and is often accompanied by high winds and driving rains that send us all running for shelter. Your house can take quite a beating too, so here are some tips on how to prevent or minimize damage from the torrential rains we can experience in the desert during the monsoon storms.

Roof: We recommend inspecting your roof annually by a licensed roofer or handyman. Areas that should be checked are: roof penetrations, hips and valleys on tile roofs, scuppers and parapets on flat roofs. A silicone based caulk is recommended to caulk skylights lids (where metal touches plastic). Elastomeric roof coating should be used to touch up the edges and all penetrations (including vents, scuppers and skylights). Annually clean out the scuppers and/or rain gutters to prevent water backing up in these areas.

For homeowners with flat roofs, it is possible that the roof may hold water after a storm. The majority of the water on a flat roof should drain, but some puddles may remain. This is common and the water should evaporate within 24-48 hours.

Windows: Annually clean inside the window tracks, removing dust and debris that can accumulate. The window weeps must be clear at all times. The window manufacturer recommends that you do not put towels in the window tracks to absorb water as this will result in water spilling over from the window.

It is recommended to Caulk your windows annually. To maintain proper mobility, a silicone lubricant in aerosol form is recommended. Do not use petroleum or oil based products as these cause build-up.

Yard/Landscaping: Your lot was carefully engineered and graded to ensure proper drainage of rain. The rain water should drain away from the home and toward the street or designated areas within your yard, such as weep holes in the fencing. If you have done additional landscaping in your front or back yard, it is very important that your landscaper has made provisions for the drainage to make sure the water is draining properly.

HVAC: It is important to check your condensate line and clean with a bottle brush as needed. A cup of water can be poured into the top of the condensate line to assist with cleaning or to verify the line is draining properly. The line will drain to an outside wall which looks like a PVC (plastic line) with an elbow pointing to the ground.

Filters should be checked every 30 days and paper filters replaced each time. Washable filters can be washed with mild soap and water. Please allow this to dry before reinstalling filter.

Some easy preventative maintenance can save you a bundle in repair costs later. We hope you find this list of tips helpful to help you keep your house in great shape during the monsoon season.

Have a comment or suggestion for a future article? I’d love to hear from you. Email me at suzy@sombrahomes.com.