Are You Flood Ready?

Apr 20, 2021 | Home Maintenance

Australia has many flood-prone communities with thousands of homes, properties and businesses at risk of flooding. Floods cause more damage per year in terms of dollars and lives lost than any other natural hazard in Australia. Flooding can happen at any time of the year.

The impacts of flooding:

  • Life:
    Floods can be life threatening to you, your employees and your customers. Most flood deaths occur when people enter flood water.
  • Water Contamination:
    Floodwater is often contaminated by sewage from overflowing sewerage or septic systems, and by agricultural or industrial wastes and chemicals. There is a higher risk of infection by coming into contact with polluted water or soil. You could end up with wound infections, dermatitis, conjunctivitis or ear, nose and throat infections. Additionally, floodwater often contains infectious organisms, including intestinal bacteria such as E. coli, salmonella, and shigella; Hepatitis A Virus; and agents of typhoid, paratyphoid and tetanus.
  • Property:
    Floods cause hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of damage to homes and business stock, plants, equipment and furniture every year. Damage can be caused by water inundation, debris, humidity, contamination, mould and power disruption. Insurance policies that cover your home or business for flood damage may be difficult to obtain and can be expensive.

Gutters & Floods

Gutters and downspouts are there for a reason: to transport the water falling off roofs away from the home or building, rather than towards the foundation. Water may be getting trapped in the gutters and downspouts along with leaves, sticks and other debris. This eventually causes a backup which can be costly for homeowners. Proper drainage, both inside and outside, prevents water from building up near the foundation of the home. While gutters and downspouts are important for keeping water flowing away, make sure that the lawn or objects around the home or building are not preventing water from draining properly.

When your gutters become clogged, it doesn’t just affect your foundation. If the gutter system isn’t working, it can seriously damage your home. If your roof collects too much water and it can’t drain the water through the gutters, it can damage your roof, attic, walls and more.

Damages to your roof can cause flooding, especially after heavy rains or a storm. Cracked or loose shingles especially if you have an aging roof that would be more prone to damage. In addition to causing leaking, it can also create a breeding ground for mosquitoes. If enough water forms, stress can cause wood rafters to bow. Water can eventually seep into the infrastructure and cause damage to the inside of the building.

Save time and save money, our team is here to help provide you with the right equipment to prevent property from getting damaged.

Our trailer mounted petrol units can be equipped with a 205L drum, 400L, 850L or 1000L collection tank and even a pump out system, perfect for removing all stubborn material that may become stuck in gutters!

Contact our team today to discuss the extra components you need to make gutter cleaning safer and easier!

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