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Tips For Staying Cool Outside In The Arizona Summer Heat

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Wear clothes made of light, breathable fabrics.
  • Limit your physical exertion.
  • Avoid exposure to direct sunlight for long periods.
  • Stay in shaded areas when possible.
  • Wrap a wet towel around your head and neck for instant cooling relief.
  • When possible, work outside during the mornings when the sun hasn't reached its peak yet.
  • Avoid drinking caffeine and/or sugary beverages.
  • Certain types of medication may increase the risk of heat-related illness.
  • Wear light-colored clothing to reflect sunlight.
  • If you're working outside during the summer, take a short 5-10 minute break every hour.

And finally a must in keeping your pet(s) cool during the hot Arizona summers is having plenty of water on hand for them. Pets will drink more often in the heat, so make sure they have plenty of water available. Putting ice cubes in the water helps them cool down even faster too!

Preparing For Monsoon Season

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

1. Inspect Your Roof - Have your roof thoroughly to ensure it's ready to bear the brunt of the monsoon's fury. Have any discernible cracks and holes patched up. It is best to handle any problem areas now at the beginning of the season. Also, be sure to check for hidden areas where water might build up and breakthrough.

2. Prep Plants and Trees - If you have any large (big) trees, trim an wieldy branches that could potentially snap off or damage your property. Also it is best to have trees thinned as this limits wind resistance so that strong monsoon winds cane more easily pass through.

3. Protect Your Car - You will be likely driving in the rain quite a bit over the coming month, so start early preparing your car for the monsoon season. Start with check tire tread, tire pressure, install new windshield wipers, check brake pads, and headlights.

4. Check Your Home's Drainage - Pay special attention to your yard., If your yard slopes towards your home and you notice water build up, you may want to have a landscaper redirect the water flow. Also it is best to check your gutters to ensure they are flowing, high winds tend to bring a lot of loose yard debris that could clog the gutters. Sometimes you are able to get roof and gutter repair as a package deal. 

5. Monsoon Season Means Toads and Frogs - With the heavy rains of the monsoon bring out the Sonoran Desert Toad also known as Colorado River Toads. It is important to remember and/or be aware that they can be dangerous to children and pets. They are considered the largest toads in the U.S. There are risks with these toads it is important to be aware and keep children and pets at a distance. The Sonoran Desert Toad poses a serious threat to pets. They release a poison that can kill a pet in as few as 15 minutes. Young children may also put their fingers in their mouths after picking one up which can lead to hallucinations and other health problems.

What is a Monsoon

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Every summer, Southern Arizona experiences a weather phenomenon known as monsoon season. From approximately June 15th to September 30th, monsoon season is marked by intense rain, lightning shows and thick dust storms.

While the rain provides a welcome relief from the usual summer heat, the high winds and thunderstorms that accompany this weather shift often create treacherous conditions. Dust storms and flash floods are prevalent during this time of year, making it exceedingly important to be prepared.

The word "monsoon" comes from the Arabic "mausim" which means "a season." 

Our monsoon is the most pronounced in southern Arizona and becomes more marginal over northern Arizona. Statistically, we consider it a "monsoon day" when the average daily dew point is 55 degrees or higher. This can easily be measured and give us a way of comparing one year to another. 

Water Damage in Avondale AZ

12/8/2017 (Permalink)

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