Summer is when most monsoons storms to occur in Phoenix, typically this is from June fifteenth to the end of September. Arizona’s heat plays a very specific role in catering to these weather conditions which generate this type of storm. Did you know that monsoons actually account for 30 percent of Arizona’s moisture? However, with those monsoons comes a lot of dust. Dust can be very damaging to your home. Just about every single dust storm causes some sort of damage to your home. Monsoons actually deliver the most hazardous weather in Arizona.
- Review your homeowner policy to ensure that your home is protected against monsoon damage and flooding.
- Keep flash lights and fresh batteries on had in your home.
- Secure patio/ outdoor furniture, garbage cans and lighting fixtures. These items can be blown and carried causing damage to the item itself, our home or a person.
- Have the ductwork in your home sealed in advance.
- Patch your roof. Don’t wait for water marks to appear on your ceiling.
- Make sure that your trees are trimmed; heavy hanging branches can fall onto your roof or even penetrate a window.
- Divert water that may hit your pool deck so that it flows away from you and your neighbor’s house. Maybe even install a drainage system.
- Those regular surge protector strips are really no match for the severe power surges most commonly produced with monsoon in Arizona. Surge protection is also very important. Add a whole-house surge protector to your home. It is important to protect your home from bolts of lightning.
- Install lightning rods because Arizona has more lightning strikes than any state excluding Florida.
- Not only close your windows, but draw the window treatments (blinds/drapes) and shut all the doors.
- It is possible for your windows to be sandblasted during a storm. However, they will still be intact. Shelter yourself in a room without windows. That way if a window is shattered during the storm you will not be injured.
The best solution to any household problem would be to attack the source, except you cannot eliminate the source of household dust. There really is not even much you can do to eliminate it. More than ninety percent of dust within your home comes from fabric. Constantly, the human body sheds small particles of skin. Items with in your home such as furnishings, bedding and clothes also shed small fibers. So, therefore, tiny flakes of skin and fibers are floating in the air of your home and eventually settling on a surface.
So anything you can do to reduce the entrance of dust into your home will certainly have an impact. Sand Storms may be one of nature’s most violent and unpredictable phenomena. Nearly all dust storms immediately reduce visibility and some storms have caused not only property damage and bodily injuries but have also caused deaths. Be proactive and protect yourself and your home from the monsoons. No matter where you live it is always a good idea to know the weather patterns for that terrain and be prepared for all types of weather.