Are You Ready For More El Niño?
We’re seeing the first blast of El Niño. How did you fare? There’s no time like the present to get ready for the next go-round.
Did you know that on November 16, 2015, the San Diego City Council unanimously declared a state of emergency because of anticipated El Niño rain conditions this winter? Its major concern is alleviating flooding that may occur due to clogged storm channels by easing the regulatory process so things can get into high gear when major storms are imminent.
The strongest El Niño on record is brewing in the central Pacific Ocean, and the potential for the San Diego area getting a super soaking is growing. The biggest weather disaster in San Diego history — record-breaking rains that washed out bridges, roads, and rail lines; collapsed dams; floated houses away on raging currents; and killed 22 people — occurred in January 1916, so its 100-year “anniversary” should not be ignored.
Have you taken any steps to protect your home from potential disaster spawned by El Niño? Now is the time to be proactive, before the worst of the wet stuff comes down.
At Authentic Designs & Remodeling, we suggest you take a top-down approach, assessing your home’s readiness from top to bottom. Here’s our recommended “to-do” list:
Check to see if your roof is in good shape. You don’t want to find out it isn’t when you have water leaking into your home.
Have the trees around your home trimmed from the top down to make them stronger. Remember that wind often accompanies rain, and you certainly don’t want trees falling and damaging your home.
Clear debris and any foliage touching your roof. This can blow into your gutters, making them overflow and clogging downspouts.
Make sure the caulking around your windows is secure and the weather-stripping is in good shape around your doors.
Locate the drains around your home and check to make sure they’re clear. A simple way to do this is feeding a hose into the drain to ensure it exits.
Stock up on sandbags, placing them around areas that have been problematic during heavy rainstorms in the past.
Remove any dirt from your home’s exterior, 3-4 inches up from the ground.
If you have a basement, consider installing a sump pump. If you live in a coastal property that already has one, check to make sure it’s in good working order.
Take at a look at walkways, such as the path to take out the trash, to ensure they don’t become safety hazards. For instance, consider installing cobblestones on dirt paths, which otherwise will become oceans of mud.
Benjamin Franklin’s old saying, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is certainly appropriate when thinking about the impending wet weather. Its message is clear: it’s better to prevent something from happening than to fix it once it has, especially when you consider that recovering from water intrusion comes with a high price tag.
If you have questions about specific preparations you should make around your home, please feel free to contact us and we’ll be glad to take a look.