Living here in Queensland we know that the Summer sky can turn from a bright, cloudless blue to a dark grey rumbling mass in under an hour. While the storm itself might not seem too bad, it’s the damage that goes undetected that can cause the most trouble for any homeowner. Spring into planning for Summer.
Cracked roof tiles, blocked gutters and broken skylights often go unnoticed until a storm hits, and even then, the first sign of any damage is often brown water marks and mould on the ceiling that you suddenly notice when you’re lying in bed at 11pm. Spring is the perfect time to get your property Summer and Storm ready, and our top five tips should get you started off on the right foot.
Call in the gutter cleaner
Backed up gutters can be a major cause of leaks. If they are full of leaves and silt, water may flow back into the soffits, and then into the roof and onto the ceiling or down the walls. Regular gutter cleaning will not only help prevent leaks, it can also help you get a longer life from your gutters, downpipes and valleys.
Have a roof inspection done
As homeowners, we generally don’t get up on the roof of our properties too often. This means that we can miss cracked or broken roof tiles or skylights which can, in turn, allow water to seep through onto the ceiling and any beams you may have in your roof space. Replacing or repairing tiles is often a quick and inexpensive job and can help prevent mould spores building up in your house.
Trim tree branches
This one goes hand in hand with getting your gutters cleaned. Sure we can’t prevent leaves from our neighbour’s property blowing onto the roof and into the gutters but you can minimise the issue by trimming any tree branches that may overhang your gutters. Obviously, trees can help provide an element of cooling to your property in the warmer months, so you don’t want to cut the whole tree out if you can help it – a regular trim should be all it needs.
Understand where your water ingress areas are
Apart from the roof and gutters, there are a number of other areas water can get into your property and cause mould issues.
This includes deterioration of mortar in the brickwork and faulty or broken flashing around windows. While you may not notice these issues when the weather is nice and dry, after a good storm or three, you may start to notice issues.
Prepare for an after-storm check
There’s plenty you can do after a storm to make sure that no water has gotten into your property. While the storm is happening take a look out the windows – are your gutters overflowing or water building up around the brickwork? What about inside – is there a leak in the ceiling or water on the floor?
If so – go back to step one and get your home ready for the next storm! Spring into planning for Summer.