When it comes to the weather during Monsoon Season, New Mexicans know what to expect, but do they know what to expect regarding how it impacts their homes? New Mexico is one of the many areas in the Southwest affected by the “Monsoon Season.” Monsoon Season occurs between June 15th and September 30th. During this time of year, New Mexico is typically impacted by various weather hazards, one of the most prominent being excessive rain and flash floods.
Monsoon Season can be especially concerning for residents with properties in a flood zone. If you are unsure whether your home is in a flood zone, you can reference the FEMA Flood Map to determine if you are in a high-risk area. Although flood zones are at a higher risk, the heavy rains during Monsoon Season can cause flooding in any home. It’s important to check certain areas of the house before Monsoon Season to ensure your home will make it to Fall flood-free.
Gutters: It can be easy to overlook your gutters. Clear out your gutters and seal any gaps for excess water to flow freely without obstructions.
Water Drainage Systems: There are many small fixes you can make to prevent water from impacting the foundation of your home. One example is to add drains to your driveways and patios.
Roof: This may seem like a no-brainer, but the roof is crucial in protecting your home from water damage. Make sure your roof is ready to take on Monsoon Season by checking for leaks or cracks. Make sure to schedule a repair if necessary.
There are also various types of flood damage that can occur to your home during the Monsoon Season. Floods can destroy the structure of houses, causing water damage internally (inside the home, carpets, etc.). Floods can also impact the sewage system and the home’s plumbing. Sewage flooding can be especially concerning, as it is considered Category 2 water damage and can harm humans or animals.
For New Mexicans during Monsoon Season, is it better to be safe than sorry. Preparation is the key to a safe and flood-free Summer. Whether you have questions about Monsoon Season or need help with water damage in your home, the experts at American Restoration are here to help! Our team is here for you in times of crisis.