Hail on the roof

We don’t often talk about the importance of gutter maintenance. But could your gutters handle a freak hail storm? Is your water tank well maintained to ensure any overflow of water is stored in the tank?

Much of QLD is desperate need for a heavy downpour (or many) to fill water tanks and our dams to prevent water restrictions coming into place. Let alone the stress on our farmers and rural communities who rely on rain for their crops and general living.

But while we hope for rain, the odd storm can bring the unexpected occurrence of hail. It’s important to check your gutters and downpipes to ensure they can handle not only a heavy downpour but hail as well.

Gutter Maintenance

If your gutters are incorrectly installed, rusted out or are blocked due to leaf debris, this can cause damage to your property. It also leaves your property unprepared should that freak hail storm hit your home.

Well maintained gutters can

  • Protect fascia boards and roofing timbers
  • Prevent damage of overflowing water to footings and foundations
  • Prevent water ingress during rain events
  • Remove the attraction for mosquitos carrying RRF and Zika, as pooled water is the perfect breeding ground
  • Prevent the breakdown of moist leaves and debris, which can leach acid and rust gutters quickly

An inspection from Salmon Plumbing can check your gutters are correctly installed and we can identify rust and give a quote for the replacement.

Rainwater Collection Maintenance

The condition of your gutters and downpipes will determine the health of your rainwater collection system. When hail melts, it will carry whatever is sitting in your gutters, through to your rainwater tank.

A well-maintained rainwater collection system can

  • Prevent a health hazard of dirty water being used
  • The correct strainers to the tank can prevent mosquitoes
  • Extend the life of your water pump
  • Prolong the life of your toilet cisterns. Dirty tank water can cause the inner parts of your toilet cistern to deteriorate. It can also cause the toilet to smell. When a toilet flushes, water turns into an aerosol which you can inhale and this can be bad for your health.
  • Prolong the life of your washing machine as dirty tank water can stain the inner drum of the machine and leave an odour.

To ensure your gutters and rainwater collection system are in good working order, contact Salmon Plumbing for an inspection.