Top 5 Tips to Get Your San Diego Home El Nino Ready
Forecasters can say with 95% confidence that this El Nino will last throughout our whole 2015-2016 winter, and it appears to be shaping up as one of the strongest storm fronts ever. As Mark Mehdi of the National Weather Service stated in our earlier post, “San Diego’s Super El Nino on Way in 2015” the sea water temperature is indeed four to five degrees over the average for San Diego.
How Can We Best Prepare Our San Diego Homes, Our Yards, and Even Ourselves?
- Clean Out Rain Gutters: In the event that large amounts of rain enter into gutters that have not been fully cleared of debris, the resulting clogged mess and excess weight from the rain may damage your gutters. They can crack, and even fall, sending water into the middle of your home’s structural framing. The evenutal mold growth can be expensive to rectify.
- Assemble a Home Emergency Kit: In the event of flooding in your home from the El Nino storm, you should have an emergency kit with filled with such necessary items as bottled water, batteries, a battery-operated radio, flashlights, non- perishable food, a first aid kit, and even a solar charger for your cell phone. Keep these in a waterproof container that you can easily access.
- Trim the Trees and Bushes: The branches and limbs from the trees and bushes in your yard can easily break off during a severe storm and cause major damage to your home’s roof, windows and even the underground These big Eucalyptus tree branches can come down hard. Plus, a top-heavy tree with shallow roots can sway and fall in the rain, right into your home. So be sure to properly cut away your shrubbery before winter arrives.
- Add Mulch to Your Garden: Heavy rainstorms wash away the healthy topsoil found in your garden, ruining the delicate growth of fruits, vegetables and flowers. To prevent this, be sure to add in a lot of mulch and/or compost, as it will prevent the good soil from completely disappearing. Your garden should benefit from the excess rainwater, not suffer because of it!
- Fix Up Your Roof: Inspect your roof carefully to identify any loose shingles can be easily torn off in the event of a strong storm. The last thing you want in a heavy rain is to have your roof deck totally exposed to the elements, which in a worst-case-scenario will cause a caved-in roof! Even minor roof leaks can turn
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Before El Nino strikes, you can schedule a whole home plumbing inspection, which will detect any partial blockages in home and yard drains that can quickly become full blockages with a heavy rain. Call Perry Plumbing Heating & Air at 619-472-2112 today, and be sure to check out our plumbing coupons page so that you save even more on your plumbing, heating or air conditioning needs.