Since the rainy season started on Oct. 1, downtown Los Angeles has received 0.71 inches of rain. According to CBS Los Angeles, this is below the average of 1.68 inches for the rainy season this time of the year. On Dec. 7, a fast-moving storm brought much-needed rainfall to Los Angeles County in Antelope Valley, Ventura, and Orange counties.
Based on Amber Lee’s reports, ”Some lingering showers were visible because there was another rain band that seemed to fall apart as it moved to the Central Coast.” Weather forecasters report there will be a second storm on Thursday, and it could be colder, bringing more rain and snow levels estimated to be as low as 5,000 feet. Although the second storm won’t be a big rainmaker, residents should prepare for the rain by ensuring their homes withstand strong winds. If you’re wondering how to protect your home during the storm season in and around Antelope Valley, below are a few home maintenance tips you should consider.
Replace Damaged Shingles
The roof is your home’s most vital element as it offers maximum protection against severe weather conditions. For this reason, you’ll want to ensure your roof is in perfect condition before the stormy season begins. Storm experts recommend hiring professional roofing contractors to conduct a thorough roof inspection. Your roofer will look out for damaged shingles and replace them properly. The right roof expert will nail the shingles correctly to prevent them from breaking free during the storm.
Keep Your Gutters Clean
Gutter inspection and repairs should be a top priority when preparing your home for the storm season. To prevent flooding and water damage, make sure your gutters are clean. That way, water can flow away from your property. While you can clean gutters and perform minor repairs yourself, it pays to hire a reputable gutter cleaning service provider. Professional gutter cleaners guarantee high-quality work at affordable rates and provide a warranty. They’ll ensure your gutters and downspouts are free of debris and dust to ensure water flows freely.
Maintaining beautiful trees in the yard is a sure way of improving your property’s aesthetics and value. However, large trees can cause structural damage when powerful winds blow during a storm. To prevent property damage, consider trimming your garden trees regularly. Remember, when you prune trees, the risk of dead branches falling on the roof or hitting windows reduces significantly.
The storm season poses a danger to your overall wellbeing and the integrity of your home. Typically, storm damages affect the roof, gutters, and drainage systems, increasing the risk of water damage in your home. Because of this, it’s essential to keep up with roof maintenance, trim trees, and, most importantly, maintain clean gutters.