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Did you know that solar panel systems start a building fire in Queensland every 10 days? While electrical faults are one of the top causes of this, other leading causes include a build-up of debris under panels and rodent or bird infestations.

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Data obtained by 7NEWS shows solar panel systems start a building fire in Queensland every 10 days. Installers and the Electrical Safety Office say some residents aren't servicing their panels often enough, if at all. www.7NEWS.com.au#7NEWS

Posted by 7NEWS Townsville on Thursday, 13 June 2019

This is why cleaning underneath your solar panels is just as, if not more, important than cleaning the top of your panels. The area underneath solar panels can become incredibly hot, and a build-up of plant matter can prevent ventilation, resulting in the heat being trapped and the debris catching fire. Not to mention, even if a fire starts due to an electrical fault, any leaf litter near by is only going to cause the fire to travel quicker and cause more damage.

Cleaning under your panels is something that Gutter-Vac Townsville can help you with. The next time you need your panels cleaned, feel free to give us a call and ask about having the debris cleaned from under them at the same time. We’d be more than happy to help.

By removing the debris you’re also making the area less attractive to rodents. We can also add extra defence against pigeons by installing solar skirts. This is a type of mesh that clips around the edge of your solar panels and prevents pigeons from nesting underneath. Further reducing your risk of fire and damage to your panels and home.

If any of these services sound like something your home needs, feel free to call us on 0412 309 379 or email us at townsville@guttervac.com.au.

Soft Washing in Townsville

Today there is a wide range of building materials, textures and finishes available to choose from and many of these require a more delicate approach when it comes to cleaning. A popular cleaning method when it comes to the removal of mould, dirt and grime from exterior surfaces, such as roofs, walls, fences, paths and driveways, is pressure washing. Pressure washing can be an effective method in many situations, however, it can cause serious damage to certain materials and surfaces. For example, it can remove paint and chip tiles. This is where soft washing comes in.

Soft washing is a ‘low pressure,’ alternative cleaning method that involves the application of a specially formulated cleaning solution which is later washed off with a regular hose after having time to activate and effectively attack the grime and mould on your outdoor surfaces. Our soft wash solution is also effective in the removal of algae, droppings, tannins, dirt and lichen.

We recommend soft washing for the following areas:

  • Metal, tile and terracotta roof systems,
  • Canvas awnings and shade sails,
  • Timber weatherboard, siding and older fragile paint systems,
  • Modern architectural moulding and facades, and
  • Areas affected by mould and algae.

Our technicians are trained and experienced in soft washing and make sure to consider things like foliage protection, pets, water containment and run-off.

Training on The Gold Coast for Soft Washing Service Stations

Llew is now home and back to work after a full-on weekend on the Gold Coast where he undertook training for soft washing service stations. He pulled an all-nighter Thursday night while the team performed a full building wash on a service station for the practical side of the training course. He’s looking forward to implementing what he’s learned back home in Cairns, Townsville and Far North Queensland. 

Training on The Gold Coast for Soft Washing Service Stations

Llew is now home and back to work after a full-on weekend on the Gold Coast where he undertook training for soft washing service stations. He pulled an all-nighter Thursday night while the team performed a full building wash on a service station for the practical side of the training course. He’s looking forward to implementing what he’s learned back home in Townsville and Far North Queensland.

Don’t Wait Until the Pigeons Move in, Have Your Solar Panels Birdproofed When They’re Installed

Pigeons are a huge problem in Townsville as they have a habit of nesting under people’s solar panels, making a mess of their roof, filling their gutters with droppings and debris, and limiting the efficiency of the panels. Once the pigeons have moved in, rectifying the issue can be a mammoth task. This is why we recommend having solar skirts installed when you first have your panels installed.

The Solar Skirt system that Gutter-Vac uses requires no gluing or screwing to attach the skirting to your panels. This means the panels will not be damaged in any way and there is no risk of voiding the warranty.

If you’ve recently had solar panels installed and know that there is a high number of pigeons in your area then feel free to give Gutter-Vac a call. We’ll be happy to provide you with a free quote and answer any questions you may have. You can contact us on 0412 309 379 or email us at townsville@guttervac.com.au.

Preparing Your Home for Bushfire Season in Townsville

It’s been another bad week for bushfires in Townsville. The hot and windy weather, along with the very low humidy is creating the perfect environment for fires to break out. This week a couple of these out-of-control fires have come quite close to people’s homes and so we cannot stress enough the importance of preparing your home for bushfire season.

Often, people don’t realise that the majority of homes lost during a bushfire are lost to ember attack. This means that even if the fire is not directly near your home, you are still at risk. Embers can travel several kilometres on the wind and catch alight on any flammable material they land on. Therefore, it is important that your gutters and roof are kept clean of any leaf litter and debris. Any debris in your gutters can easily catch fire which can quickly spread into your ceiling cavity and have devastating effects.

If you require assistance preparing your home for bushfire season feel free to call us for a free quote. Gutter-Vac Townsville can remove any debris from your gutters, downpipes and roof, disposing of the mess for you. We can also prune any over-hanging plants that may be putting your home at further risk.

Gutter-Vac had a Great Weekend at The Townsville Expo

Gutter-Vac Townsville had a wonderful weekend at the Townsville Expo. It was great to meet so many lovely people and catch up with some of our regular customers. We recieved a lot of quote requests over the weekend so if you’re waiting for us to get back to you, bare with us. We’re working through them and will have those quotes to you within the next couple of days.

Now onto the fun stuff. We had a huge number of entrants into our raffle but unfortuntely there can only be one winner. So, without further ado, the winner of the Free Gutter Clean is… Kath from Cranbrook! Congratulations Kath, we’ll be in touch shortly to organise a time to get your gutters cleaned.

Thanks again everyone for a great weekend!

If you missed us at the Townsville Expo and you’d like to get in touch, you can give us a call on 0412 309 379 or email us at townsville@guttervac.com.au.

Gutter-Vac Cleaning Ceiling Cavities in Townsville

In the North Queensland climate, it’s important that your home is well insulated. As we come into the warmer months, ensuring that your home is properly insulated and kept at an optimal temperature can drastically affect the efficiency and running costs of your cooling systems. If it’s time to replace your old insulation or you’re in the process of renovating, then give Gutter-Vac Townsville a call. We can do the dirty work for you, removing any insulation, dirt and dust from your ceiling cavity using our high-powered vacuum machine. This is a lot less time consuming and messy than doing the job by hand. We’ll also dispose of all the mess for you, leaving you with a nice, clean space, ready for renovation or for your new insulation to be installed.

We’ll be at the Townsville Expo this weekend to answer any questions you may have. Come say hi and enter the draw to win a free gutter clean!

You can also contact us on 0412 309 379 or email us at townsville@guttervac.com.au.

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.