By Jason Wood 25 October, 2013 on the Gold Coast
Are you prepared for the coming storms?
We are well into spring and the summer storms are on their way, so I thought it would be a good time to discuss your drains.
Prevention is the key and there are a few simple checks you can do to ensure you don’t have a problem.
1. Check where your stormwater pipe goes to the street is clear. You find this pipe at the front of your property on the street going through the concrete kerb. A lot of times we are called out to over flowing downpipes and the cause if a build-up of grass and weeds growing back into the pipe at the street, so by simply keeping an eye on this can eliminate a future problem.
2. Clean out all pits and grates. Over time these areas can get a build-up and blocked up with leaves and sediment. If you live on the Gold Coast we have found that one of the main causes is sand. These pits and grates can be located in paths, driveways and even lawns.
3. Inspect and clean your gutters. This is very important because when the leaves and debris get into the drains it can cause the downpipes to overflow. The gutters need to check regularly when you are in a leafy area. When the leaves are left in the gutters for too long there will turn to a muddy sludge which can not only block the drains but can rust out your gutters and downpipes.
If you find you are constantly having to clean your gutters out which can be quite dangerous on ladders there is a solution and we have a product that we can install.
We use a stainless steel fine mesh gutter guard which gets permanently fixed to your roof and gutter. This product looks and works a lot better than other plastic products on the market.
The way this is installed stops the need to remove leaves as the wind and rain flushes the debris off.
In bad areas with a lot of trees we can install leaf catchers which are fitted in the downpipes so that this stops the leaves getting further down the drain and also gives you a point for water to over flow if you do have a problem rather than inside your roof cavity if the drains back up to your gutters.
All downpipes that are connected to rainwater tanks should have these leaf catchers fitted otherwise your tank can fill with sediment which affects the quality of water.
So if you have any questions regarding the above information please give Capital Plumbing a call.
07 5528 4449