Prepare your home for monsoon storms

PHOENIX - Forecasters predict the first monsoon of the season to hit this holiday weekend.

Homeowners need to prepare for the big storm.

Lance Goldsmith with Treetek says homeowners need to prune trees.

Eucalyptus trees, according to Goldsmith, are the most notorious for snapping during monsoons.

“The Eucalyptus develops long branches and too much water weight…. it just snaps without warning,” said Goldsmith.

A rule of thumb – you should be able to see the sky through the branches.

Goldsmith and his workers are busy making sure customers are ready.

“We’re doing monsoon prevention, then the storm damage comes after,” said Goldsmith. “We have our hands full.”

Goldsmith says to also check trees near any fences. If branches hang over, it's a threat to drivers passing by.

Goldsmith recommends you prune your trees once a year.

Even though it costs money, Goldsmith says it's cheaper than the alternative. Replacing a tree or repairing your home can cost thousands.

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