In Florida, the rainy season coincides with Hurricane Season and generally has three distinct phases. The first runs from late May through June. During this time, severe storms are likely with hail, wind, heavy rain, and lightning. The second phase is July through early September. Although the threat for severe weather isn’t as great, when the weather hits, it can be heavy and cause significant flooding. The last phase which runs through the end of October is sometimes called the wind down phase. During this phase, rainfall varies but can still be significant if a tropical system comes through.
Because the rainy season lasts so long in Florida and can cause severe damage to your home, it makes sense for homeowners to prepare for the rainy season before it hits.
Clean Your Gutters
This is an easy and cost effective way to prepare for the rainy season. Most professionals recommend that homeowners clean their gutters twice a year. Of course, if there are lots of trees on your property, you may need to clean the gutters more often.
In addition to cleaning the gutters, you’ll also want to check for debris after a heavy rain or wind.
Finally, make sure the downspouts keep the water away from the foundation.
Reseal Windows and Doors
Resealing windows and doors can keep the dampness from inside your home, thus limiting mold growth. How do you know if you have window or door leaks?
- Mold growth
- Frames around doors and windows show signs of rot
- Windows and doors stick
Pay Attention to Perimeter Drains
If your property has perimeter drains, you’ll want to make sure to clear away any debris so they can drain properly. When perimeter drains don’t work, basements and crawlspaces can fill with water. Be sure to remove:
Fix Your Roof
The best time to inspect your roof is before you learn that there is a problem. When inspecting your roof, look for the following:
- Missing shingles
- Curled or cracked shingles
- Loose nails
- Loose or missing flashing
- Moss, mold, or mildew growth
Fix these issues as soon as you notice them or call a professional to do it. A roof with these issues can lead to leaks and structural rot.
Trim the Trees
When trimming the trees on your property, consider such things as:
- Limbs and branches too close to the house
- Limbs and branches that could fall on power lines
- Dead trees
By removing these issues now, you and your home will stay safer during a storm.
Think About Flooding Now
As a homeowner living in Florida, you should definitely think about a flood before a flood becomes a problem. First, you should know your flood risk and keep your insurance up-to-date. In addition to these steps, consider having a:
- Flood disaster plan that includes what you will do with pets
- 72-Hour Survival Kit
By preparing for rainy season now, you won’t have to worry as much when the rains begin. You will also feel more assured if a named storm moves into your area.
Keep in mind that even prepared homeowners can experience storm damage. If this happens to you, give Aftermath Adjusters & Consulting, LLC a call. We are here to help you get the highest possible payout to allow you to fix your home.