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6 Tips to Help You Prepare Your Home for El Nino

The 2015-2016 El Nino season is predicted to be one for the record books, and the time for Southern California residents to prepare is NOW.

If you’ve lived in the area for a while, you’ve likely experienced El Nino events in the past. El Nino is a weather system created by the interaction of the ocean and the atmosphere. While El Nino weather patterns vary across the country, in El Nino years Southern California typically sees warmer than normal temperatures and increased rainfall due to the jet stream shifting south.

These patterns are predicted for the 2015-2016 season, but the issue is with the potential severity we may see. Meteorologists say that this year’s El Nino is similar to the 1997-1998 and 1982-1983 seasons. These were the harshest El Nino years on record, which means Southern California could see one of its worst El Nino events, including storms, heavy rainfall, above average rainfall totals, and the potential for flooding and mudslides.

If you are a homeowner in Southern California, you can follow these 6 tips to prepare for this year’s El Nino event.

1. CLEAN THE GUTTERS

The purpose of gutters is to direct water away from the home. This is important because any water that moves toward the home can cause damage – roof damage, water leaking into the home, flooding, the weakening of your home’s foundation, rotting wood, and mold or mildew. These issues can be costly to fix, but you can lower your risk by cleaning and maintaining your gutters.

 

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