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Monsoon Season: 5 Tips to Protect Your Home from Floods

Monsoon Season: 5 Tips to Protect Your Home from Floods Monsoon Season: 5 Tips to Protect Your Home from Floods
July in Arizona is known for two things: incredibly hot weather and mind-blowing rain storms called monsoons. Thunder, lightning, and torrential rains during monsoon storms often cause flash floods, which can create big problems on our roads and in our homes.

Arizona soil is dry and does not absorb water well, making flash flooding a possibility during each monsoon. Every year, Arizonans are caught off guard by these floods, and the results can be disastrous.

Although you may think your home is flood-proof, you may be overlooking some important aspects of your home’s exterior that is being damaged by water.

To ensure that your home is not harmed by flooding this year, take some of our advice and make sure your home is in top shape before monsoon season hits!

Here are 5 tips to help you protect your home from floods this monsoon season:

1. Clean your gutters
2. Be aware of downspouts
3. Be mindful of yard grading
4. Distance gardens and pools from your house
5. Waterproof entryways

1. Clean your gutters

Gutters are placed on the perimeter of your roof and are intended to direct the flow of rain water from your roof away from your home. However, if they get clogged with leaves, twigs, and other debris, gutters are more likely to overflow when it rains.

If your gutters overflow, excess rainwater can flood your gardens and saturate your home’s foundation, which, over time, can make your home more unstable and may ultimately cause your foundation to shift or even collapse.

To avoid these issues, be sure to clean your gutters at least once a year. You can do this yourself with a few simple tools or you can hire someone to come clean your gutters for you. For extra protection, you can install gutter covers to prevent debris from getting stuck.

2. Be aware of downspouts

If your gutters are working correctly, they will effectively push water down to the ground through downspouts. Ensure that your downspouts are placed so that they do not release water right next to your home, which causes water to seep directly into your home’s foundation.

During monsoon season, excess rainwater can build up quickly, so a poorly placed downspout can cause water runoff to contribute to additional flooding in your yard.

If your downspouts are not in the right spot, you can try extending them so they release water in a different location, like a side yard, instead of close to your home.

An extended downspout is essentially a series of small, underground drainpipes that move water to a location where it is safe for water to seep into the soil. This project does require some digging to place the pipes underground, but it creates a great drainage system that does not interfere with the beauty of your landscaping.

3. Be mindful of yard grading

If your yard slopes downward toward your home, you will need to take extra measures to ensure your home is protected from flooding during monsoon season.

Water will run down your yard and build up quickly if your yard is angled even slightly toward your home. Water can seep into the ground after the storm, potentially ruining landscaping and saturating your home’s foundation.

To combat the grade of your yard, try installing a retaining wall close to your home. These walls can be both practical and luxurious.

Retaining walls can be a great spot for a small garden, an outdoor fireplace, or bench seating, and can be made of beautiful stone. Installing a drain pipe, sort of like the extended downspout mentioned above, in front of or behind the retaining wall can also help divert water away from your home.

4. Distance gardens and pools from your house

The last thing you want when a monsoon hits is to have your pool or garden overflow. If it happens, however, you can prevent further damage to your home by placing gardens and pools as far away from your home as possible.

Although you may think it is a good idea to remove some water from your pool in preparation for a big storm, doing so can actually cause more harm than good. While removing water may keep your pool from overflowing, the lower water level exposes your pool’s walls and flooring, making it more susceptible to scratches and damage from flying debris.

If you think your pool will overflow, be sure to put away any toys and furniture that you think may be damaged by the excess water.

When gardens flood, plants often suffer. If your gardens flood during storms, try planting in raised beds to combat the excess water. These beds offer more drainage and warm up faster after a storm, which will keep your plants from becoming waterlogged.

5. Waterproof entryways

Make sure that your doors, windows and entryway flooring are adequately waterproofed and can withstand a good amount of moisture. However, waterproofing these areas once will not get the job done for future monsoon seasons.

Weather strips on doors and windows should be replaced regularly, as they can tear and bend over time, which lets our precious air-conditioned air out and rain water in. Good waterproofing on the outside of your home will keep the inside of your home safe and dry.

If you are looking for ways to protect your indoor flooring from water, try sealing your floors. Many sealers will help make your flooring water-resistant. While this is not the same as waterproofing, sealers provide one extra layer of protection from the rainwater, dirt and other debris that might make its way into your home.

Do not let monsoon season sneak up on you this year! Make sure to look out for flood advisories and monsoon warnings and stay safe during the storms. If you follow these five suggestions and take the proper precautions before the biggest storms hit, you will have peace of mind and can enjoy the rain and cooler evenings that monsoon season brings!