Five Ways to Get Ready for the Rain

Winter rains will be here before we know it! And, while we’re not quite ready to pull out the umbrellas and rain boots, there are a few things you can do now to get your home, car and neighborhood ready.  After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry! Discovering that your roof is leaking or that your windshield wipers don’t work in a heavy downpour is no fun! Here are five ways you can prepare now for the rains to come:

  1. Clean and repair gutters, downspouts and roofs – Clogged rain gutters can cause rainwater to backup and damage your roof and house. Look for damaged shingles on your roof that could blow away or create a leak in your home. Roof debris has the potential to make its way into storm drains and local waterways.
  2. Harvest the rain – Purchase a rain barrel and get it set up before the rains begin. It’s time to recognize that rainwater is a resource! Rain barrels collect rainwater from hard surfaces, such as roofs and are a low-cost system that helps preserve local watersheds by reducing rainwater runoff. The Metropolitan Water District offers rebates to LA homeowners interested in purchasing a rain barrel.
  3. Mulch your garden – Or use some other type of organic compost to ensure that your plants do not over-saturate and absorb that extra water flowing through your yard during heavy storms. A good place to begin is LA Sanitation, which provides free mulch to Los Angeles residents.
  4. Maintain your car – Make sure your windshield wipers are in good working condition and tire treads are at the proper depth. Check all your automotive fluids, making sure that your car isn’t leaking oil or antifreeze onto your driveway or the street. Sadly, those leaked fluids will find their way to local rivers and creeks when it begins to rain.
  5. Keep neighborhood storm drains clear – Pick up trash you see around your community. And if you see a clogged catch basin, report it so that it can be cleaned before the storm clouds roll in by calling (800) 974-9794. This can help prevent street flooding as well as stop litter from reaching our rivers and creeks.

Here in LA, it’s vital to be prepared for any rain that may come our way. Getting ready now will help to keep you safe while creating an environmentally sustainable future. Put these five tips into practice, and you’ll be ready when those raindrops start to fall.

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