Updated: Nov 10
If a storm were to hit today, would you be prepared? With temperatures creeping into the 30's, it's safe to say summer is on its way! There are a few simple steps you can do now to protect your property this summer storm season. A small effort now will help avoid costly damages later.
Gutter and downpipe cleaning
Now is the time to check your gutters and downpipes for any damages and give them a good clean out. Gutters and downpipes should be cleaned regularly to ensure water can easily drain into stormwater pipes or into a water storage tank. All kinds of things can end up on your roof when winds pick up. Sticks, leaves, dirt or rubbish can block gutters and drains causing water to overflow into your walls and ceiling.
Inspect your roof Ensure your roof is in the best condition it can be before storm season hits. What to look for;
Loose or unsecured metal sheets
Cracked and worn rubber dektites around vent pipes
Any existing rust or damage
It is common and likely for drains to overflow during a storm event. Fast flowing stormwater can cause flash flooding around your home if drains aren’t clear of debris or tree roots. Drain cleaning is arguably the most overlooked step in storm preparation until there is a problem.
Expert plumbers have the equipment and machinery to clear your drains effectively.
Fix your leaks
Tiny cracks can cause leaks in gutters, downpipes or your roof. These leaks can become very noticeable during a heavy downpour.
Tidy the garden
Take the time to assess your garden. Strong winds can spread loose garden waste across your property and clog the drain and gutters you just cleaned. It's best to trim back over hanging branches too so they don't cause damage to your house or powerlines.
Check your water tank
Aim to store every drop or rainwater. Inspect the tank’s filter screen, lid and overflow for debris or anything that will prevent rain water moving from the downpipe into the tank.
Prepare for hail
When hail hits, it hits fast. Create a hail storm plan. Have a protected place for your car, outdoor equipment, pets, livestock etc. Consider where your nearest undercover parking is and check if your house and contents insurance is up to date and covers you for any damage.
Check your backflow
If you manage a backflow device, it is best to get it tested by a professional plumber before storm season. Backflow prevention is important to keep your drinking water clean, plus Council regulations state they need to be tested at least annually.
Newk's Plumbing provide professional plumbing, roofing and gas services to the Gympie Region and surrounding areas. Their experienced team are available 24/7 to quickly and efficiently deal with any issue that arises.Call 0418 800 018 to speak with a local, Gympie plumber near you.