Now that we are clearly in monsoon season (especially here in the Prescott area), Sonoran Property Inspections has some helpful hints and reminders to share on dealing with the large amounts of water we can get during these storms. During recent home inspections we have seen the results of damage that may have been prevented with a few of these tips.
If you have gutters make sure they are clean and clear of debris so that they can do the job they were intended to do. Valley flashings on the roof should be clear of tree leaves to allow water to flow off the roof correctly.
Make sure your downspouts have a splash block that will move water away from the foundation. This is important since you want water as far from the foundation as possible before it starts to soak into the ground.
If you have an underground drainage system that the down spouts are connected to it’s important that they are clear of debris, tree roots etc. Trying to clean them in the monsoon season isn’t the best time as this is when you need them most.
Grading should slope away from the foundation if at all possible. Generally a home is set up to be 6” above grade, however this can easily change after the landscapers or home owners finish the landscape.
Flat roofs should be inspected yearly to have repairs done and be certain the coatings are in good condition. Generally the coating can last 5-7 years.
Monsoons can drop a tremendous amount of water in a short time frame, no roof is waterproof but you can help manage the flow of water by following the few tips above.