It’s a fact, Seattle and Tacoma have a distinct wet season where it rains a lot. This season generally lasts from October until May, with the vast majority of the rain falling in November, December, and January. December is the wettest month of the year, with an average of 6.06 inches of rain falling in the area every year, and the other two months aren’t far behind.
The good news is that you can prepare for this rainy season easily as long as you know how to handle it. Your preparation will start with wearing the right clothes and having some basic supplies in your car, and finish with preparing your house for the rain so that nothing is damaged along the way.
Hunt’s Services can provide some of the basic maintenance needed to keep your home safe, while the other precautions are things you can handle over the course of a weekend without much trouble whatsoever.
Dressing For the Rain
Dressing for the rainy season in Seattle and Tacoma usually involves wearing a waterproof jacket and some boots or waterproof shoes. It’s really a simple concept, but when you know you’re going to be in the rain for at least part of your journey, it can make a huge difference.
Even if you won’t be spending much time outside, wearing the right clothes keeps you comfortable and dry throughout the day and is well worth the effort it takes.
Rain Gear in Your Car
Whenever you head out during the rainy season, it’s a good idea to have the right things in your car, just in case you are stuck in a downpour. Even putting an umbrella and raincoat in your vehicle in the fall will provide you with the essentials you require to stay dry on the rainiest of days.
You should also make sure your windshield wipers are in great shape, as this will keep you safe on the road. Old wipers won’t keep your window clear and could make it difficult to see, potentially leading to accidents on the road.
Getting Your House Ready For Precipitation
Now that you’re ready for any time you’ll spend outside, you’ll want to make sure your house is ready to go, as well. Start by cleaning your gutters before the rainy season begins, as this ensures the water can drain from your roof efficiently and doesn’t form puddles. Any puddles that form on your roof have the ability to do damage that could be expensive to repair.
Your gutters also help water to move away from the foundation of your home, rather than sitting near it and eroding the concrete. Do everything in your power to keep water away from the important parts of your home and you could save yourself thousands of dollars in repair costs in the future.
Speaking of which, if you frequently end up with pools of water near your home or find water in your basement or crawl space, a sump pump might be necessary. Sump pumps are essentially made to move water from around your home to a safe area where it cannot do any damage. If you already have a sump pump installed, have it tuned up and checked over before the rain starts to ensure it is working as it should.
Another thing you might want to do before rainy season is have your water heater serviced. When returning home after getting drenched in the rain, nothing will warm you up like a hot shower. If your water heater isn’t working, however, you’re out of luck until you can get someone out to fix it. As a result, it makes sense to have your water heater serviced before the weather cools down, so you can have peace of mind.
The same can be said for your furnace or heating HVAC unit. Once again, you don’t want to return to your house after a day in the rain, only to find that you can’t warm up because your furnace isn’t working. Have the proper maintenance done on your heating system today, so that it doesn’t become a larger problems for you in the future at an inopportune time.
If you have trees in your yard, it’s a good idea to clean up the leaves before it gets too rainy because wet leaves become slimy, heavy, and more difficult to rake. The leaves will still be there after the winter, albeit in much worse shape, so get the job over with as early as possible to make your yard cleanup as easy as possible. The same can be said for cleaning up after your dog, as the longer you wait, the more difficult the job becomes.
Plan Ahead for the Rain
As you can see, rainy season in Seattle and Tacoma can be an inconvenience, but millions of people get through it every year with a just a little bit of preparation. By making sure these basic components inside your home are in working order, you can avoid some of the issues that individuals run into on rainy days throughout Puget Sound.
If you’re unsure about how well some these systems in your home are working, Hunt’s Services is available at 253-533-7500 to meet your needs. The certified, licensed technicians at Hunt’s will ensure that everything you need to get your home through the wet season unscathed is in place and functioning at its full capacity, putting your mind at ease this fall and winter. Visit our website at https://www.huntsservices.com for more information on how we can help you prepare your home for winter rain and cold.