If you live in an area where you will find yourself dealing with those seasonal monsoons, then there are some very important things to do to the exterior of your home to make sure that you don't end up with a lot of damages to have repaired once that monsoon has moved through the region. Here are the steps you are going to want to take to protect your home.
Protecting your windows
The first thing you want to do is to make sure your windows are up to par. If you have older windows or windows with damage to them, then you should have someone come out to put new windows in. When you purchase new windows, you can opt for ones with safety glass, which will cost you a bit more out of pocket, but that can help save you both hassle and money in the future.
Protecting your doors
Walk around your home and check on the current condition of all of the exterior doors to your home. The doors should not shake or give when you tug on the doorknob. The doors shouldn't have any gaps in them and they should all meet with the threshold at the bottom tightly. Also, if you have any exterior doors that aren't solid, then you should have them replaced with solid ones.
Protecting your garage doors
Verify the weather stripping around your garage door is in good condition. If not, then the weather stripping needs to be taken care of right away, so you don't get caught by a surprise monsoon and have your garage flooded. Also, if the garage door has windows, you may want to secure them with duct tape or even with some plywood if they are at risk of damage due to their design.
Protecting your roof
Make sure you don't have any branches above the roof, or they can either scrape back and forth on the roof or fall on the roof and cause damage. If you see you already have missing or damaged shingles or tiles, have a roofer get to you right away to fix them before a monsoon has a chance to come through. Also, be sure the roofer inspects the rest of the roof while you have them there.
Protect your plumbing
Make sure you do your best to protect exposed plumbing pipes so they don't get damaged. Also, turn off the main water valve, so you won't have to worry as much if a pipe should end up breaking. Once you return, check to see if everything is running right and have any plumbing issues taken care of right away by a plumber.
Protecting home from water damage
If you have any areas of your home that are lower than the outside ground, then you want to be sure you take steps to keep that water from coming inside the house and doing water damage. You can get sandbags to put around the areas of concern and use them to detour the water to other areas where it won't do damage. If water gets in the house, remove it right away.
Contact an emergency plumber for more help.
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