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This Year’s El Niño To Be A Monster
What You Should Know About 2015’s Predicted Record El Niño

The West has been in a severe drought for several years now, but if an overwhelming majority of climate scientists are correct, the weather is about to change drastically; current sea conditions are pointing to a record El Niño later this year. Based on previous El Niño encounters, that could spell disaster for many commercial property owners who have placed roof maintenance low on their list of priorities during the long spell of dry weather in our region.

El Niño refers to a set of global climate conditions arising from elevated sea temperatures in the Pacific Ocean along the Equator. The rise in sea temperatures pumps huge amounts of heat and moisture into the atmosphere affecting patterns of air pressure and precipitation globally. Strong El Niño events occur approximately every 20 years, but scientists say that pace has been increasing.

The last major El Niño, an unusually powerful episode in 1997-98, brought rainfall of more than 200% above normal to California, Nevada and Arizona. Powerful storms hit the coast, triggering destructive landslides and floods. In February 1998 alone, Southern California saw as much as 20 inches of rainfall versus a 3.8-inch monthly average, while the northern part of the state was drenched with 22 inches, nearly five times the 4.6-inch monthly average rainfall. Some portions of the region saw as much as 47 inches of rain that winter, while Nevada and Arizona experienced rainfall totals as much as 250% above normal.

That’s a lot of rain, and while it may bring welcome relief to our region’s drought problems, commercial property owners and property managers should be especially worried about a new set of problems. The extraordinary amounts of rain in the ‘97/’98 El Nino winter left many owners stranded with severely leaking roofs and flood conditions inside their properties. To make matters worse, commercial roofers themselves became so flooded with emergency calls that on average they were booked as much as four months out.

The 1997-89 El Niño was the strongest on record, but scientists are concerned this year’s event may be even worse. In a recent New York Times article, scientists indicated there was a better than 75% chance of a significant El Niño event, while an article in Wired Magazine went even further, saying this year’s El Nino could be a monster.

No one knows for sure if El Niño will make an appearance or not this year, and if it does, what its severity might be. But signs are pointing toward the inevitability and most scientists are predicting a record year. As a property owner or manager, here are five key points you should consider to make sure you are prepared:

1. There is a 75% chance of a significant El Niño event occurring this year, and it is expected to shatter rainfall records set in 1997/98 for the region.
2. Over the last few years of minimal rainfall and a struggling economy, roof inspections and roof maintenance have been low priorities for many property owners and managers; in many cases it has been years since roofs have been professionally inspected.
3. During the height of the record rainfall during the ‘97/’98 El Nino, CORTEZ ROOFING CONTRACTORS were booked three to four months out, even for emergency repairs.
4. Whether or not you believe the hype; the most important step you can take to be prepared for a potential El Nino season is FREE. Have your roofs inspected as soon as possible, and if necessary have repairs completed this summer before the beginning of the rainy season.
5. Don’t wait until it’s too late! There is no cost or obligation for a ROOF INSPECTION and knowing now will provide you with the time to make an informed decision about the protection of your assets and your tenant’s assets.

 

Call (626)918-1007 now to schedule a free inspection of your roof.
Major leaks and disruptions to your tenants can often be avoided by early detection and minor repairs.
Call (626)918-1007 or request a Free inspection online at cortezroofing.net.

 

The West has been in a severe drought for several years now, but if an overwhelming majority of climate scientists are correct, the weather is about to change drastically; current sea conditions are pointing to a record El Niño later this year. Based on previous El Niño encounters, that could spell disaster for many commercial property owners who have placed roof maintenance low on their list of priorities during the long spell of dry weather in our region.

El Niño refers to a set of global climate conditions arising from elevated sea temperatures in the Pacific Ocean along the Equator. The rise in sea temperatures pumps huge amounts of heat and moisture into the atmosphere affecting patterns of air pressure and precipitation globally. Strong El Niño events occur approximately every 20 years, but scientists say that pace has been increasing.

The last major El Niño, an unusually powerful episode in 1997-98, brought rainfall of more than 200% above normal to California, Nevada and Arizona. Powerful storms hit the coast, triggering destructive landslides and floods. In February 1998 alone, Southern California saw as much as 20 inches of rainfall versus a 3.8-inch monthly average, while the northern part of the state was drenched with 22 inches, nearly five times the 4.6-inch monthly average rainfall. Some portions of the region saw as much as 47 inches of rain that winter, while Nevada and Arizona experienced rainfall totals as much as 250% above normal.

That’s a lot of rain, and while it may bring welcome relief to our region’s drought problems, commercial property owners and property managers should be especially worried about a new set of problems. The extraordinary amounts of rain in the ‘97/’98 El Nino winter left many owners stranded with severely leaking roofs and flood conditions inside their properties. To make matters worse, commercial roofers themselves became so flooded with emergency calls that on average they were booked as much as four months out.

The 1997-89 El Niño was the strongest on record, but scientists are concerned this year’s event may be even worse. In a recent New York Times article, scientists indicated there was a better than 75% chance of a significant El Niño event, while an article in Wired Magazine went even further, saying this year’s El Nino could be a monster.

No one knows for sure if El Niño will make an appearance or not this year, and if it does, what its severity might be. But signs are pointing toward the inevitability and most scientists are predicting a record year. As a property owner or manager, here are five key points you should consider to make sure you are prepared:

1. There is a 75% chance of a significant El Niño event occurring this year, and it is expected to shatter rainfall records set in 1997/98 for the region.
2. Over the last few years of minimal rainfall and a struggling economy, roof inspections and roof maintenance have been low priorities for many property owners and managers; in many cases it has been years since roofs have been professionally inspected.
3. During the height of the record rainfall during the ‘97/’98 El Nino, CORTEZ ROOFING CONTRACTORS were booked three to four months out, even for emergency repairs.
4. Whether or not you believe the hype; the most important step you can take to be prepared for a potential El Nino season is FREE. Have your roofs inspected as soon as possible, and if necessary have repairs completed this summer before the beginning of the rainy season.
5. Don’t wait until it’s too late! There is no cost or obligation for a ROOF INSPECTION and knowing now will provide you with the time to make an informed decision about the protection of your assets and your tenant’s assets.

 

 

 El Niño to Be the Worst on Record

 

Are You Ready?

If record rains do materialize this year, property owners need to think ahead. Since roof systems bear the brunt of heavy rainfall, owners should have their roofs inspected now and tend to potential leakage problems immediately. The need to get ahead of this year’s El Niño is exacerbated by the fact that, when the rains do come, commercial roofers will be hard-pressed to keep up with demand. During the ‘97/’98 event, they were booked out a solid three months. When a major leak is flooding tenants’ spaces and causing significant damage to the structure, not to mention the disruption to the tenants’ businesses, waiting three months to get the problem fixed will be a nightmare scenario for many owners across our region.

Here are a few steps you can take to ensure your roof is ready for anything El Niño dishes out.

1. Get your roof inspected as soon as possible.
2. Clear any rooftop debris, make sure all drains work properly
3. Identify and repair any potential leak areas

4. Carefully inspect seams and flashings, where most leaks occur or develop during heavy rainfall
5. If your roof needs a major overhaul, take care of it immediately

 

5 Things You Must Do Now to Prepare for This Year’s Record El Niño

It must seem strange to read that we’re experiencing record El Niño conditions which, if the scientists are correct, will lead to record rainfall later this year and next. Especially while California and the Southwest continue to suffer through the worst drought conditions on record.

But as recent articles in The New York Times, Wired and The Daily Mail, as well as briefings by NOAA attest, sea temperature readings in the Pacific Ocean and other tell-tale environmental factors have already exceeded those seen during 1997 El Niño event, which produced record rainfall the following winter.

If a record amount of rainfall is headed our way later this year, it will surely catch a lot of building owners and managers by surprise, just as it did during the winter of 1997/98, when every commercial roofer was deluged with a flood of roof repair requests, resulting in waiting times as long as three months, even for emergency services.

As building owners and managers, your job is to peer ahead, to be proactive and to protect your assets. Here are five things you can do now to prepare for the effects of this year’s record El Niño.
 

 

1. Get your roof inspected ASAP the best way to avoid a disaster is to prevent it. If record rainfall amounts materialize as predicted, you can’t do anything to prevent that, but you can make sure your roof is up to the task with a simple inspection. There are many things you can do yourself, but inspecting your roof, especially considering what’s said to be on the way, should be done by a professional. Inspections are free, and they’ll reveal often hidden dangers lurking in seams and flashings that are no longer watertight. Book the inspection now while you have the chance.

2. Clear debris from your roof one of the easiest measures you can take now is to clear your roof of debris. It may look harmless, but rotting plant material can clog drains and eventually damage your roof.

3. Get your drainage systems inspected ASAP your roof will take a beating during heavy rainfall, but your drainage system also needs to be up to the task. A professional roof inspector will cover rooftop drainage systems. But you should also have a drainage professional inspect the rest of your property, to ensure there are no potential blockages.

4. Walk the property Look for anything that could become a problem during flooding conditions and check tenant areas for vulnerability to leaks. If you communicate with your tenants through regular newsletters, make them aware of the expected El Niño conditions and effects, let them know you’re being proactive, but they also have a responsibility to minimize risks.

5. Review insurance coverages everyone seems to be caught unaware when floods occur and you can buy coverage during the event. If you don’t have flood insurance, get it now. Have your insurance professional give your coverages a thorough review now to ensure you’re covered in case you experience a major leak or flood event. Be sure you’re also covered adequately in case a tenant experiences a loss due to a sudden leak. Replacement costs, equipment costs, etc. most likely have increased since you last girded your operation with proper insurance levels.

 

 

 

Call (626)918-1007 now to schedule a free inspection of your roof.
Major leaks and disruptions to your tenants can often be avoided by early detection and minor repairs.
Call (626)918-1007 or request a Free inspection online at cortezroofing.net.