As we officially enter the warmer months here in Queensland it’s time to start thinking about sunny days at the beach, summer school holidays, and of course family BBQs and get togethers. But along with the warmer and longer days, this time of year also brings the unpredictable and potentially damaging summer storms.
Known for causing flash flooding, gale force winds, damaging hail, and impressive lightning shows, the summer storms in QLD can catch homeowners off guard and can cause thousands of dollars of damage to their family homes. And while we can’t always predict when summer storms are going to hit, as a homeowner you can take a few simple steps to prepare your home for summer storm season, and reduce your risk of significant damage.
To help you get ready for summer storm season here in QLD we’ve put together our top 5 things to do and check around your home.
- Clean Out Your Gutters
One of the most well known and straightforward tips, cleaning out your gutters is one of the first things homeowners should do in preparation for storm season.
As soon as any heavy downpour sets in, any leaves, rubbish or other debris that hasn’t been cleaned out with clog your drains, causing overflow and potentially clogging your drains.
When cleaning out your gutters and using a ladder make sure to take care and always have someone close by to act as a spotter. Take the time to maintain any trees or branches that could be dropping leaves into your gutter, and if need be look at making modifications – like coverings- to your gutters to ensure that only water is able to flow through.
- Clean Out Your Drains
While most of us know to clean out your roof’s gutters, not many people realise it’s just as important to clean out your drains. Clogged drains can cause flooding and black flowing throughout property and lead to unpleasant smells.
While you can check whether your drains needing cleaning yourself by monitoring the water flows, we recommend calling a qualified plumber to do a more thorough check. Here at Liquid Plumbing Supplies we have the tools, equipment, and the knowledge to ensure that your drains are cleaned out the right way.
- Check Hot Water System And Rainwater Tanks
Hot water systems and rainwater tanks are built to withstand most weather conditions, but it’s still important to do a double check to ensure there are no loose pipes or pumps that could be damaged during a summer storm.
When checking your water tank ensure your tank’s overflow is adequate and clear of debris, and if its base is crushed rock or road base, consider having sandbags nearby to avoid erosion which can also cause instability.
- Know Where And How To Turn Off Mains Power, Water, Gas & Solar Power
Summer storms are unpredictable and can become serious weather events very quickly. While most households have torches and batteries ready for an emergency, we also recommend familiarising yourself with the location of your electrical switchboard, natural gas connection or tanks, water supply, and solar inverter.
Knowing exactly where these things are during a flash flood can keep your family safe from contaminated water and dangerous fires caused by electrical outlets or leaking gas.
- Check Pipes, Walls, Ceilings And Roof For Internal Or External Water Leaks
While we’ve covered most things outside the house and on your property, now it’s time to protect your contents inside. Check for any damage on your roof, cracks or leaks on your walls and ceilings that could potentially let water in during heavy downpour.
Keep in mind that while small cracks and leaks may seem only minor, during summer storms they can very quickly turn into much bigger problems resulting in further damage to your walls, carpets, and possessions, while also making your home susceptible to unhealthy mould.
If you need a bit of help getting your home summer storm ready, feel free to give our friendly team call. We can assist in clearing gutter and drains, resealing any leaks, and checking that your plumbing is ready for summer storm season.