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Being Prepared for Bushfires in Townsville

With the weather warming up and the dry, windy conditions continuing in Townsville, with little chance of rain, it is important that we’re aware of the heightened risk of fires breaking out. There are a few things you can do to protect your home from fire.

  • Clean up and dispose of any garden waste such as leaf litter, dried palm fronds and lawn clippings from around your home and keep your lawn mowed short.
  • Clear your gutters, roof and downpipes of leaves and other debris that could easily catch fire.
  • Trim any trees or shrubs that are close to your home.
  • Remove flammable material from around your house, such as doormats, furniture, toys and firewood.
  • Consider displaying a Stable Water Supply (SWS) sign outside your home if you have a pool, dam or water tank on your property. This helps firefighters identify available water sources to use to combat fires.
  • Check that your home and contents insurance is up to date and discuss your Bushfire Survival Plan with your family and neighbours.
  • Seek out information. Do not assume that you will receive a warning.
    • Be aware of the Fire Danger Rating in your area and stay up-to-date by regularly checking your state department’s website and social media pages.

The following links provide useful information in regards to preparing your Bushfire Survival Plan and updates on bushfires in Queensland.

If you require assistance preparing your home for bushfire season feel free to give Gutter-Vac Townsville a call on 0412 309 379 or email us at townsville@guttervac.com.au for a free quote. We can remove any leaf litter and debris from your roof, gutters and downpipes and dispose of all the mess for you.

Cleaning Rainwater Tanks in Cairns

Did you know Gutter-Vac Cairns also does tank cleaning? For many Australian households, tank water is their only source of water, or at least, drinkable water. Therefore, having your water tank cleaned on a regular basis (every four or five years) is extremely important.

The above pictures are some before and after shots of a recent tank clean that our team did in Cairns. A build-up of sludge and grime in your tank, like in these before pictures, can result in rusting. While this can be costly because your tank will either need to be repaired or replaced, a far greater concern is the risk to your health if your water becomes contaminated and unsafe to drink.

It is important to remember that any pollutants in your gutters, such as dirt, rubbish, insects, moss, animal droppings or even dead animals can contaminate your water due to water flowing over them or actually carrying them down into your tank. If your water does become contaminated it is crucial that you have your tank cleaned immediately.

Because the quality of your water is directly related to the cleanliness of your gutters we also recommend that you have your gutters cleaned at the same time as your tank. This will mean that your entire rainwater collecting system is clean and contaminant free, and ensures that your water is as clean and safe as possible.

Our trained and qualified technicians can safely and efficiently remove any sludge, sediment and other pollutants from the bottom of your tank using our state-of-the-art vacuum machine, with no chemicals required. We can even clean your tank while it’s full so as not to waste water; or, if the water is contaminated, we can empty the tank first.

So, if you have a water tank and know that your gutters are full, or you’re concerned that your water isn’t as clean as it should be, give Gutter-Vac Townsville a call. We’ll be happy to provide a free quote and answer any questions you may have.