Monsoon Special 2012: Prepping your home for the monsoon


by Brittney Shipp

Posted on June 6, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 1 at 7:05 AM

PHOENIX -- Rosie Romero, of, shares his Home care and improvement expertise with radio listeners every weekend.

When it comes to the monsoon, Romero know what it takes to protect a home from severe weather.

He says, to keep your home nice and clean inside during the monsoon, you might have to get a little dirty outside.

Flat roofs are common in the Valley, but can be the most problematic during monsoon.

One big problem homeowners face is when debris builds up after storms or throughout the year and the rainwater has no where to go. If there is a crack you never noticed before, with the extra rain, it could turn into a leak.

The best thing to do is to have a roofing company come out for a free inspection to check for potential leaks, the untrained eye can't see. It's also important  to make sure the weep holes in your windows are free of debris.

Lastly, make sure all of your electronics are safe from power surges. 

Most people have their appliances plugged into store-bought surge protectors, but that may not do the trick.

Romero suggests having a professional come out and install a surge protector outside your home at the power source. If it senses a surge, it shuts ever thing off, powers down and levels off.

Theses simple steps should stop a messy monsoon situation.