Why You Should Do Your Research Before Hiring Someone Online to Do Roof Maintenance

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Why You Should Do Your Research Before Hiring Someone Online to Do Roof Maintenance

Using apps to outsource your jobs (however big or small), seems like all the rage at the moment. With everyone leading such busy lives there is a big market for these platforms. With the touch of a button you can find someone to do anything from walk the dog, to roof maintenance jobs. It sounds simple enough – post an ad on the app and wait for the offers to come to you.

Yet, there are a few important things to remember when using an app to source a home handyman to clean your gutters and or roof.

Recruiting an ‘unknown’ person from the internet also means their experience level may not be proven. It goes without saying, but a ‘trial and error’ method is not something you want to mess around with on a potentially life-threatening roof workspace.

It may save a few dollars in the short term, but it could cost you thousands in the long run, especially if the person you employ is not covered by adequate insurance.

Insurance cover gives you peace of mind you need. The last thing you need to be worried about is someone who doesn’t do things by the book.

It is not all bad news however. There is a time and place for such apps, and used correctly you can tap into a reservoir of capable workers.

Here are a couple of things to check first:

Make sure to check out their profile and reviews first.

Look for someone who has professional credentials and proof of insurance ready to go.

They should be able to provide a thorough quote at the outset to avoid miscommunication debacles. If their quoted price looks too good to be true, it probably is!

They should have the ability to provide examples of their workmanship. A true professional will be more than happy to showcase their previous work if it is of high standard.

Although it may seem like a simple task to you, one little slip up can lead to a big, far-reaching problem. We have written a few blogs on the dangers of working on a roof without adequate training, which can be accessed here. The statistics on how many people fall from a roof and ladder each year are nothing short of alarming, and can be easily avoided. For more ladder safety information please watch this video.

If you hire someone to carry out roof maintenance, it is imperative they have good quality tools and thorough knowledge of their safety equipment. If someone is carrying out work on your roof they need to wear a harness, as well as have the proper training of how to use one correctly.

It can be difficult to check online without meeting them in person first, but clear, punctual communication instills confidence. Some leading apps will not allow you to post personal information such as your mobile phone number. Instead you may have to rely solely on messaging the contenders via the app. This can make it tricky to ascertain their communication skills and may make it harder to get your questions answered efficiently. Generally speaking, if they respond to messages and questions in a timely manner is a good sign.

If the tradesperson takes pride in their appearance, tools, and manner in which they communicate with you, they are more than likely to also take pride in their work.

Our team will give you honest, knowledgeable advice that is backed by years of experience. We have the right equipment, friendly attitude and know-how.

Our team carries comprehensive insurance and adheres to National and State safety requirements. It is safe to say we have all bases covered.

If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Spring Clean Your Solar Panels

Ah you have to love a good spring clean.

We all know a bit of spring-cleaning is good for the soul. And it is also good for your Solar!  

Spring time brings about the excitement of a fresh start, and welcomes the opportunity to carry out your home maintenance tasks so your home is all set for outdoor entertaining.

It is no secret that dirt and dust-buildup can reduce the efficiency of your solar panels. Dirty panels reflect light away, which is the opposite of what is ideal!

Okay, but what about the rain giving them a good dusting/washing off you may ask?

Well if we are lucky enough to get some decent rain in Queensland, unfortunately it isn’t really a sufficient cleaner.

Some people say the rain does a good enough job, but this is not the case. It’s like washing a car. The rain can wash off some excess dust to a certain extent, but doesn’t do a great job at the end of the day.

This is especially the case if you have birdlife depositing droppings that are hard to remove. Or if you live in an area in Brisbane prone to heavy dust such as near the airport or somewhere that gets a sea breeze.

While it is blissful to enjoy a good sea breeze, sea salt residue can have an impact on your solar panel’s performance. Pollen and debris buildup can also have a detrimental effect.

It can be difficult to see this from the ground so it is best to get a heights safety professional to have a look and perform a thorough clean.

Also if the panels lie flat on the roof, excess rainwater can pool on top of them. When the water evaporates there is usually a layer of dirt and grime left behind. This can reduce the amount of sunlight being absorbed by the panel.

If you can see your solar panels from ground level, you may be able to see if they need a clean. Another way to check is by monitoring your inverter. You may see a decrease in energy output if your panels need a clean.

If it suits your circumstances and roof design, it is possible to clean your panels from the ground. You will need a suitable hose nozzle, and an extendable soft brush and squeegee is good to use. Sometimes harder to remove matter such as bird droppings proves to be quite a mission to DIY from the ground however. 

It is important to remember that extreme care should be taken if surfaces are slippery or wet working at a height. Do not attempt to clean them from a height yourself! It is not worth the risk and is definitely a job for the professionals.

So how does Gutter-Vac clean your solar panels?

We avoid using harsh chemicals on your panels as this can be very damaging. Even pure soap may leave a film behind, disrupting the solar panels’ level of efficiency.

Using anything too abrasive brush wise can scratch the solar panels which can cast shadows, and you won’t get the most out of your system.

Hard water can leave mineral deposits behind. Using distilled or demineralised water will prevent streaking and get the job done to the best standard. Gutter-Vac uses a soft vacuum brush and demineralised water.

Generally speaking, it is a good idea to have your solar panels cleaned every 6 months for optimised efficiency. This can depend on a number of factors such as where you live, and the angle of your solar panels. Feel free to give us a call if your have any further questions regarding this.

12 Surprising Facts About Gutters, Roofs and Our Services!

Since the beginning of our existence, humans have always sought shelter, and the concept of a roof has been around for a very long time. Though you may take it for granted, your roof and guttering system cannot be underrated.

Still skeptical that roofs and gutters can be interesting? Well we have compiled a few facts below to give you a fresh perspective on their importance throughout history and in modern times.

1) Many years ago, before gutters were invented, gargoyles were used to direct rainwater off the roofs of Gothic Churches and some castles. Usually the downspout was designed to flow out of the creature’s mouth. As well as being architecturally decorative, they played an important role in water damage prevention. In addition to their water drainage abilities, they were also thought to ward off evil.

2) Speaking of history – Gutter-Vac has been operating for over 20 years! Gutter-Vac invented the first effective gutter vacuum cleaning machine in Australia.

3) The word gutter comes from the Latin word, gutta, meaning, “a droplet”.

4) Funnily enough, we often find leaves on the opposite side of the roof to where the trees overhang! Don’t worry, Gutter-Vac cleans your entire roof, regardless if you have trees only on one side of your property.

5) Rain gutters used to be a prominent feature on cars in the 1980s. They were designed to keep the car’s occupants dry. You can see them on styles such as the Toyota Land Cruiser Troopy/Ute made in the 80s for example. With the modern designs they have been phased out in favour of more streamlined designs.  

6) Did you know Gutter-Vac can carry out services without you being at home? All our team members are extremely professional and reliable, and we are mindful of onsite family pets.

7) Queensland Health recommends regular cleaning of gutters, as they are mosquito breeding grounds. In fact, it is possible to be fined for breeding mosquitos by the local council. As well as keeping the itchy bites away, minimising your mosquito population also lowers your risk of contracting mosquito-carried viruses such as Ross River and Barmah Forest, just to name a few. Find out more on Queensland Health’s website here.

8) Some of the best views in the world are seen from a rooftop! Poets and artists alike have long been inspired by good roof top view. In fact, Picasso used rooftops as a main theme in a number of his paintings. Our franchisees will attest to the stunning city scenery we often get to witness working up high, (safely of course).

9) Thatch, clay and stone are some of the oldest roofing materials in the world! Often, terracotta roofing tiles are the only surviving relics of historical structures due to their durable nature.

10) In Queensland, metal roofs are the leaders in popularity. One of the reasons behind this is that they are resistant to harsh weather conditions.

11) Metal roofs are not more prone to lightening strikes than other materials. Contrary to what we’ve been told about metal being an attractor of lightening, this does not ring true when it comes to roofs.

12) Roofs ‘breathe’ – they expand and contract depending on the temperature.  When the metal is hot it expands. When it is cold it contracts.

So there you have it! We hope you enjoyed our list! Feel free to let us know of any other fun facts you have up your sleeve.  

Are Blocked Gutters Covered by Your Household Insurance?

It is no secret unforeseen damages to your home can leave you with an unsettling feeling. This sinking feeling can quickly escalate if you are to learn these damages are not covered by your household insurance due to blocked gutters.

It may not be at the forefront of your mind but it is a pertinent issue that needs to be discussed. Did you know you may be left out of pocket if it is assessed that damages to your home are due to ill-maintained gutters?

So, what does Home and Contents Insurance cover? We have sifted through three Australian insurance company’s Product Disclosure Statements. Let’s have a look at what their policies are regarding gutter blockage below.

  1. Suncorp

Suncorp’s advice to their customers is to make sure everything is well maintained in order to be fully claimable.

They state:

“Your home is not covered from damages caused by blocked gutters when:

An escape of liquid happens as a result of a gradual process of leaking, splashing, dripping or overflowing over a period of time when you haven’t taken appropriate measures to fix the issue, or

any wear and tear happens to your gutters that causes damages your home. Most gutters have a limited lifespan. Therefore, they might need repairing or replacing. Doing this can help to prevent problems and give you a strong basis if you had to make a claim for damages to your home.”

            (Suncorp, 2019)

However, if it is assessed the damage is caused for instance by a heavy storm and strong winds then it may be claimable, provided gutters are in good condition prior to the event.

  • RACQ

Similarly, RACQ’s Product Disclosure Statement does not cover damages or losses caused by preventable wear and tear, as seen in the ‘General Exclusions’ section. They clearly state the homeowner is not covered if you don’t maintain your home and contents in good condition.” (RACQ, 2013)

Another reason to book in a gutter clean is that RACQ may not cover any damages or losses caused by pests or parasites, “including rats, mice, cockroaches, termites, fleas, lice and bed bugs.”

Pests will take any opportunity, with damp, debris-ridden gutters being a very enticing access point to your home.

RACQ may also not cover damages caused by birds unless they cause damage to glass, in which case the break must extend through the entire thickness of the item.

To learn more about Gutter-Vac’s bird proofing solutions please get in touch.

3) Allianz

Likewise, Allianz state “depreciation, gradual deterioration, wear and tear or lack of maintenance” is always excluded from coverage. (Allianz, 2020).

It is very important to have a solid background of your policy, as well as the inclusions and exclusions. It can be seen that if you do not uphold regular upkeep on your home, it can have a significant effect on your claim if problems are to arise.  It is not worth the risk. If your insurance provider assesses that maintenance work has not been carried out, they may reject your claim.

Professional gutter cleaning services will ensure the job is done efficiently, and will provide you with a receipt of the service.

For the DIYer, exercise caution if you try to clean gutters yourself. Ensure you use the right gear or recruit the professionals to prevent a fall and subsequent hospital landing.

For further information, it is important to refer to your insurance provider’s current Product Disclosure Statement.

How to Get Your Property Ready For Sale.

Selling your house soon? Selling a property and moving is rated as one of life’s most stressful times. In fact, statistics say it’s up there with divorce and Christmas. It can be particularly daunting if you are selling your house for the first time and new to the whole experience.  In light of this, we have compiled some insights and actionable steps you can put into practice to attract potential buyers and land you the best deal.

Repairs

Don’t underestimate the value of street appeal. Fixing small things such as repairing a broken gate makes such an enormous difference. They say you can’t redo a first impression, and you don’t want to put off the buyer before they even walk in. Create a lush outdoor look for your garden and lawn areas. Simple things such as re mulching and tree trimming can give the outside area a serious spruce. If you have any water features or a pool, make sure they are in sparkling condition. Take care to fix up any small pavement problems or trip hazards also. For the interior, consider freshening up with a repaint if chips and damage are apparent. Likewise, potential buyers will notice the floors. If you have worn–out carpet and rugs, you may want to get them professionally cleaned. If it’s too far gone replace it, or remove it completely if you have nice floorboards you can showcase. Check all light bulbs are in working order.

Declutter

The key here is to make your home feel warm and inviting without it feeling overly personalised to you. This is so the potential buyers can easily envisage making it their own home. Excess clutter, and personalised items such as family photos and memorabilia are distracting, and best hidden from view. Buyers do open cupboards. Think of it as a good excuse to do some spring cleaning and maybe a garage sale. If you have excess equipment you choose to keep but are limited with storage, consider a short-term storage shed option.

Cleaning

The kitchen is often the focal point of your home, where family and friends gather to enjoy meals together. It is a big selling point. Aim to get your kitchen and bathrooms in pristine condition with a deep clean. Consider upgrading the covers of your light switches and power points. Remove mould and get shower screens up to scratch. Clean window furnishings and check they are intact. Ensure there are no offensive odours lingering, as this can be very discouraging to the buyer.  

Clean gutters

It’s not a good look for buyers to be greeted first up by twigs and leaves in overflowing gutters.  Keep in mind leaking gutters will be especially obvious if it happens to be raining at the time of inspection. While showing your gutters some TLC, it is also an opportune time to check for any damage.

Leaks or a damaged roof will be pulled up during the pre purchase building inspection. So will termites. You don’t want to add a family of termites to your listing. Take preventative measures by cutting back foliage and ensuring distance between the garden and building structures. Being proactive with your maintenance instills confidence that a potential sale and contract isn’t going to fall through.

In reality it is all the little things that add up and make such a huge difference to the value of your home.

If you have any questions regarding our services, please do not hesitate to give us a call. We would love to help you make your house sparkle.

Top Tips You Need to Know When Painting Your Home

You would be surprised to know the number one tip before going ahead with painting your house.

Put simply, start with cleaning the gutters!

It may sound like an easy task to tick off on your to-do list, but you would be surprised at the number of times it is overlooked.

Every painter will attest that cleaning your gutter and roof will make all the difference between a good paint job and a bad one. It is critical to clean your gutters before beautifying your home, as otherwise all the hard work will go to waste.

Not to mention, the cost will escalate if your gutter and roof cleaning is not completed first. Even if you are undertaking a DIY job, peeling and flaking on a new paint job is an enormous headache that can be easily avoided. 

To ensure you are prepared for exterior painting we have compiled the following points to note:

You may be familiar with the saying, ‘by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail’. Most painting is in fact prep work. After the initial assessment, the painter, (or the DIYer), will need to start by sanding the surface. This ensures a smooth, consistent finish. If it is a particularly damaged surface or has deeply ingrained dirt, water pressure cleaning is recommended. Check that the gutters are not severely damaged or extremely rust-ridden before conducting a water pressure clean as this may cause further damage. Your gutters may need replacing in this instance.

If minor surface rust is apparent, it is best to give the area a good sanding. This will prevent the surface rust from eating further into the metal. Then apply two coats of rust proof converter. This step can be omitted though if you regularly maintain your roof and gutters. Next, apply a high quality metal primer before applying your exterior paint.

Selecting your colour scheme is an important factor to consider. The right colour scheme can do wonders aesthetically, and increase the market value of your home. Paint equals profit. Working out colour schemes is an art in itself. It is always beneficial to talk to a professional colour consultant to get a helping hand when it comes to creating a suitable look for your home. It may also be easier or harder to detect dirt and grime, depending on your chosen colours.

So after the prep work is complete, when and where is best to start painting?

Professional tradespeople recommend systematically starting at the roof and gutter before working your way down. Then, move on to the fascia and eaves. Next, move your way onto the walls/weatherboards of your home. Lastly, attend to the window trims. Remember to keep the windows open during this process to ensure thorough drying. 

A good time to start painting is early morning or in the afternoon when the temperature is cooler. If you are a DIYer you will especially notice the paint will be more difficult to apply if attempting to work in the midday heat.

To emphasise…preparation is vital. After the paintwork is complete – timely maintenance is key. Clogged gutters will ultimately overflow and ruin your newly refreshed exterior. Further, Brisbane has a variety of bird and bat species. Did you know bird and bat droppings are commonly found in neglected gutters? The chemicals produced in animal droppings are major culprits of paint corrosion. However, regular cleans will put a halt to grumbling gutters and protect your paint for years to come.

How to Avoid Back Injuries When Choosing to DIY Roof Maintenance

Does a tired and aching back after being hunched over working on your roof all day sound familiar?

Back pain is a common complaint with 8 out of 10 Australians experiencing it at some stage.

Here are some physiotherapist-approved tips to alleviate lower back strain. It may sound like common sense, but a large proportion of us do not bend correctly.  Most of us bend over with our pelvis or waist while keeping our legs straight. Unfortunately, this is a guaranteed way to place unnecessary pressure on your back. Health professionals recommend bending your knees first to lower your body to a squat like position while keeping your back straight.  Allow the large muscles in your legs to help lift instead of your back primarily bearing the burden.  If you are lifting a heavy object, keep it as close to your body as possible and lift with your legs. Exercise caution when carrying a bucket bag as a leaf holder. Stay mindful of the weight and how you carry the load, particularly while carrying it on a ladder.

Cooler temperatures during these winter months tend to constrict our arterial system, especially as we get older. This can decrease blood flow and reduce joint mobility. Gentle daily physical motion and correct posture are excellent remedies.

So, what is the best posture to adopt when doing roof maintenance?

Sitting on your roof to clean instead of excessively reaching from a ladder may allow for a better posture. The less bending from the waist the better! Avoid a stiff neck and shoulders by trying to keep a level head instead of looking down for long periods of time. Refrain from looking up too often as well! Many DIYers stay below the roofline and reach up and over, which is aggravating for your back. Before undertaking any physical exertion such as climbing your ladder or cleaning your gutters, stretching is also a great way to protect your health and prevent unnecessary injury. The Australian Pain Management Association lists the following 16 exercises to relieve lower back pain.  If performing that many exercises seems daunting at first, try gentle standing back arches before and after the task.  It is always important to check with your GP prior to starting any new exercise regime.

It is also imperative to gather the right tools for the trade. Supportive, non-slip shoes are a must-have. Although it is the Australian way to sport thongs all year round, it is not the most practical for your feet especially when undertaking labour-intensive tasks. Thongs can be a slip hazard and do not keep your feet in a neutral, supportive position. This leads to an unsupported spine.

Another necessity is a sturdy, height appropriate ladder. Read our blog here about the alarmingly high number of fatalities caused by falls from ladders and roofs. A multipurpose ladder with an extension function is always handy.  This capability may lessen the need to lift and move the ladder around to get to the perfect angle to clean out your gutter. Ensure the ground underneath the ladder is level before you climb at a height. Additionally, it is a good idea to get gloved up to prevent lacerations from potentially sharp cut off roof and gutter edges.

Although it is always best to seek professional advice regarding back problems there are strategies to lessen the complaint. It has been proven that cleaning your gutters yourself can be a dangerous task. Gutter-Vac has got your back however! We have unmatched expertise and we are skilled in working at heights with correct manual handling techniques. Please do not hesitate to ask our technicians for further information on how we can help you enhance your home.  

Finding the Right Gutter for Your Roof

Think one size fits all when it comes to gutters? Think again! There are a variety of gutter types and materials used in houses across Australia. We’ve outlined some of the most commonly used styles to explain what they do, and which one is best for you!

Eave gutters

Eave gutters are the type that usually spring to mind when someone mentions the word ‘gutter’. They are fixed to a fascia or an eave and are prevalent in residential designs. They can be constructed from an array of material such as aluminum, copper and galvanised steel.  So, let’s look at the characteristics of each. Aluminum is usually the leader of the pack with affordability and ease of installation on its side. It is a light metal that is rust resistant and can be painted hassle-free. Copper is notoriously corrosion resistant and has origins tracing back to ancient Egypt when copper pipe was used for plumbing.  The fact that there are still relics of this intact, demonstrates the durability of copper. Though very long lasting and beautiful in form, copper gutters can be challenging on the budget. They are usually used on luxury homes, or heritage restoration projects. Steel gutters are heavier, paint-friendly, and also have rust-resistant qualities. They are strong and less prone to dents in comparison to aluminum gutters. However, because they are weighty, there are harder for the DIYer to install.

Box gutters

If the gutter framework isn’t apparent from the outside of the building on the ground, chances are you have a box gutter. Named after their ‘boxy’ shape, box gutters are commonly utilised on commercial buildings. In recent times though, they have become popular in architecturally designed residential homes as they are ‘hidden’. They can be pricey, but they create a streamlined effect, showcasing the design of the house.

Box gutters are a pertinent topic particularly now in the winter months as rainfall can be higher. Make sure to get the right box gutter sorted for your roof. They are often situated above a room or space in a building, thus there is an increased risk of overflow water damage to the building. If you encounter a leak, it is critical to get onto it straight away. A great deal of rain in a short period of time can be problematic if your box gutter is not tended to regularly. When water pools in an area with incorrect pitch or fall, this is known as ponding. Ponding is definitely not ideal, as it will invite rust to gnaw away at your gutters. When box gutters break down prematurely it can cause mayhem for tenants, landlords and precious equipment housed in industrial properties. Most box gutters are made from metal but they can also be crafted from concrete, and in some cases, asbestos.

Sometimes box gutters can also be implemented to solve complex roofing problems. For example, extensions on the roof can collect more water than standard gutters can cope with. This may also be the case if you have a very large roof area. Standard gutters will be overwhelmed. Depending on your circumstances, a customised box gutter can alleviate troublesome water overflow.

A valley gutter is another style of gutter that may be present on your roof. This style is situated in the valley of the roof and is open and exposed.

Before you commit to a gutter design, it is best to research your options to know exactly what to expect. A blend of attractive form and functionality is ideal. Whatever your gutter cleaning requirements, we are happy to provide individual assessments and customise our service to suit your needs. We are also able to provide a roof inspection report.

4 Reasons Why Your Gutters Might Be Leaking.

“Beware of great expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.” – Benjamin Franklin.

Benjamin Franklin’s quote rings true not just for sailors, but for homeowners too!

It can be very frustrating to discover a leak in your home, and very unnerving trying to figure out the source!

Wouldn’t it be nice to avoid the mad scurry to find buckets every time it rains? And not have to worry about unnecessary water damage to your building foundations, outside furniture and deck area?

We’ve outlined below the most common causes of gutter leakage, and some ways to solve it before it gets out of hand.

Age

Ah old age – it is inevitable for all of us. Unfortunately, the turns of time can also wear down your gutters. Sometimes, gutter leaks can occur regardless if they have been emptied or not. This may be to do with their age. Over a period of time, gutters can loosen. Following this diagnosis, you may need to have tighter fastenings installed. But it’s not all bad news – regular roof maintenance will undeniably enhance longevity.

Gaps and Cracks

Gaps can occur if the gutters have been neglected over time.

Without care and regular inspection, the connections joining your gutters can wear out from exposure to the elements. Spotting washed out soil underneath the gutter connection may indicate water is leaking through.

Grit and debris can potentially get into the seal itself which may cause erosion.

The simplest way to protect your connections is to ensure the gutters are cleaned on a regular basis to minimise debris rot.

Professional advice is recommended as damaged gutters can quickly lead to serious water damage.

Gutter Slope Problem

If your gutter is sagging, it is a sure sign to take action. Mounting brackets can also sag or become damaged, which can cause an incorrect gutter slope.

Ideally, your gutter should have a slight gradient to gently channel water to the downspout. However, as time marches on, or if the gutters have been weighed down by heavy debris, this slope system can sag too much. This may lead to excess water lying in the gutter, which can cause rust. Rust can then eat away at your gutters, creating holes. Left untreated, water pooling in the gutter can also attract mosquitoes and other unwanted pests.

Blockages

A blocked gutter can lead to many associated issues. For instance, a clogged gutter can cause fascia damage. If your fascia board is timber, it can easily rot if exposed to increased moisture from an inefficient gutter system. Without regular upkeep, excess debris from your gutter can even clog the downpipes, which will overload them. This means the water will then naturally travel back up to the highest point – your gutters. Subsequently, your gutters may overflow causing leakage into ceiling cavities or other surrounding areas.

If you have a big blockage in your down pipes you would need to call out a plumber, which might end up being an expensive experience. Stubborn blockages may mean the use of a water jetter, and CCTV cameras to effectively identify the location of the obstruction – all of which may incur an added cost.

It’s tricky to identify the source of a leak yourself, so it’s always best to enlist the help of a professional. The tell-tale signs of water damage may not manifest themselves until well after the fact. Regular checks and maintenance help prevent potential issues before they become a problem.

We continue to support you during this time and would like you to know we can provide a safe, no contact service during this period of social distancing.

Rest assured – we always prioritise the safety of our employees and customers.

Your Seasonal Guide to Home Maintenance

Now that you may be spending a little more time at home, it’s the perfect opportunity to get your home projects sorted. Whatever the weather, here is a step-by-step guide to keep your home in tip-top condition.

Autumn

With the weather cooling down, now is a good time to spend time in the garden and lap up the lovely autumnal afternoons.

If you are into gardening, or just looking for an excuse to get some fresh air, it’s an excellent time to plant some bulbs for spring. Mulch your garden beds to help the soil retain heat. Do some pruning for the coming winter months.

It may also be a time when your trees drop most of their leaves before they go into their winter slumber. Book in for a gutter clean before the leaves decay and cause havoc.

To protect your home, your gutters ideally should be cleaned in preparation for increased rainfall in winter.

Winter

We are fortunate enough in Queensland to have relatively mild winters. Sometimes we experience a few cold snaps though. If you have a fireplace, you will know there is something special about basking in its warm cozy glow during chilly evenings.

Did you know Gutter-Vac also cleans chimneys? A clean chimney means the air in your home is safe and fresh. Aim to book in at least once a year. With our Gutter-Vac technology, your space will be left immaculate and tidy during the process. Check window and door seals around your home to prevent heat escaping. Consider giving surrounding trees a trim to let more winter light permeate your home. This is also an important step to fire-proof your property.

Brisbane City Council outlines August through to December as the fire season. They recommend taking preventative bush fire measures before the season starts, so winter is ideal to get fire-resistant. Leaves in your gutter are definitely a fire hazard. It is important to clear combustible material such as dry grass and tree branches that are low-lying or hang over the property. The gutter guard we recommend, Gutter-Flow, is a V0 rating fire retardant. It does not continue to burn without a flame, and does not dispel burning droplets of material if alight.  

Spring

The arrival of spring signals the start of ‘spring cleaning’ and de-cluttering around the home. Flowers are blooming and baby birds are chirping. Sometimes though, birds will take up residence in your gutter. This is important to monitor, as clean gutters will probably be less enticing for them to make nests than soft, leafy ones. Not to mention, snakes are easily drawn to this environment. Get in touch if you would like to learn more about our bird proofing solutions. Also, after harsh winter conditions, it’s a good plan show your deck and outdoor areas some TLC with a water pressure clean and re-seal.

Summer

Along with outdoor BBQ’s and balmy afternoons, summer can also bring extreme heat and wild weather. Your roof will bear the brunt of hail and heavy rain during our Queensland summer storms. If you have a tiled roof, make sure it is secure as loose tiles and high winds are a dangerous combination.

During summer, a great deal of dust and debris becomes airborne which lands on the outside of your home. Our pressure cleaning service is ideal to refresh your exterior.

The hot and humid summer conditions can also entice pests to breed. Don’t give them an opportunity to forge a home in your gutters as they can quickly infest the interior.

Gutter-Vac can help you keep your home feeling fresh and inviting all year round. Sit back and relax while we get to work on your home beautification.