El Nino

This strange and complex weather phenomena that takes place every few years or so is gearing up to give us the winter the mountains have been looking for, but what does that mean for us who don’t live in the mountains? Rain. Lots and lots of rain.

Here at MOR, we’ve created a list of guidelines to help you get your home ready for the downpour and to help keep you dry.  

Do a thorough check of your home’s perimeter

Being prepared is half the battle, so before it even starts to sprinkle, make sure to check your home’s perimeter.  Be on the lookout for areas where water can pool as well as to clear any drainage.  This will help prevent flooding.  If you feel that your home may be vulnerable to flooding, sandbags are a great way to protect against water.  Each sandbag represents an additional 3-4 inches of protection, but be sure to overlap them for best protection.  Mulch can also be used to protect against threatening water.  Place 3-4 inches of mulch in garden beds to soak up additional runoff.  This stabilizes the soil and can help prevent erosion.

Give the roof a little love

The roof is your main defense against El niño, so check to make sure that there are no leaks.  Also be sure to clean out and clear the gutters.  Adapt them to ensure that the runoff is directed away from the foundation of the house.  Installing mesh guards to the gutters is a great way to keep them clear of debris and keep them functioning.         

Turn the storm into something positive

Californians, for example, have definitely been deprived of water, so why not take advantage of the rain?  Consider adding a rain barrel.  This is a quick and easy way to benefit from the torrential rain looming in the future.  The barrel will fill quickly and can be used to water plants during dry days.  It’s a great way to conserve water throughout the winter.  On average, a rain barrel can yield half-gallon of water for every inch of rain.  Free water? We’ll definitely take it!

Don’t do mother nature’s job   

Make sure to dial down your irrigation.  There’s no sense in wasting water when there will be plenty coming down.  Instead of decreasing the duration of your irrigation system, try increasing the amount of time between waterings.  

Plan for the worst, hope for the best

Nobody wants to live off of peanut butter and bottled water, but having a few key items on hand can be the difference between making it through El Niño, and well, not… Emergency kits can help bring a bit of comfort to bleak situations so be sure to pack some goodies in there.  We suggest bottled water (a gallon per person per day is recommended), protein-rich non-perishable foods (canned meats, beans, peanuts, tuna) anything with a pop top to prevent the need of a can opener, flashlights, candles, batteries, extra clothes, and extra toilet paper for good measure.  

If you take the necessary precautions, there’s no need to fret.  Stay prepared this El Niño with Mor Furniture, and we’ll get through this!