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Disinfectant Services

The world certainly changed a lot this year and with the introduction of social distancing, mask wearing and hand washing and sanitizing to protect us from COVID-19 came into our day to day life.

Early in the story of COVID-19 this year, we were getting requests from some of our commercial clients on if we could help them out and provide disinfectant services to their properties, so we started the process of introducing this as a service to Gutter-Vac for, in particular, our commercial customers.

This wasn’t a fast process and we wanted to do it right.  It is simply not a matter of going out to a property and splashing about a lot of chemicals and in fact, if someone says they can do this, then stop and run away as this is an extremely dangerous practice if not done correctly.

The first thing we had to find was a chemical that was effective (and to date, no chemical can be said to prevent COVID-19.

We use a chemical called BactaExTM that will kill 99.99% of viruses and bacteria (the highest rating you can get), but at the same time it is a food grade chemical.  That is, it is safe to use in food preparation areas, which also means it is safe to pets and children.  We didn’t want to use a chemical that would be harmful, expect to kill off a virus of course!

When doing a disinfectant service we must use all the protective personal equipment (PPE) such as a suit, gloves, mask – not because of the chemical we use, but to protect us in case the virus is present in the premises we are about to disinfect.  So many people get concerned when they see us ‘suit up’, worried that the chemical will be harmful to them, but it is not to protect us from the chemical, but to protect us from a possible virus infection present.

So once we found the right disinfectant to use, we set about having the right equipment and the correct training for our franchisees.  This is why we say you need to be wary of people offering to do disinfectant services that are not from reputable companies.  Did you know that there is even a government introduced code of conduct for disinfectant services?  If the company you are about to use doesn’t know that there is a code of conduct, then likely they are not doing the service correctly.

The final piece of the puzzle was to have all the correct documentation for us and for you.  This included the correct legal documents and waivers to provide this service PLUS the correct insurances.  To get insurance on providing such a service is no small task and if a company doesn’t offer insurance, then this is another point to ring an alarm bell because after going through the process to be able to get insurance, you certainly have to have EVERYTHING done correctly so it is a good quick question to know if a company is providing the service correctly and legitimately. 

So after a lot of work in a short amount of time, Gutter-Vac can now provide a disinfectant service for your premises.  This service is obviously not provided by all of our franchisees at this stage as they have not yet all gone through the training, but they are working together with neighbouring franchisees that are trained to provide the service so can pass you to the closest franchisee who can help you with your disinfectant services.

If you are requiring a service, then please fill in our request a quote form and we can get the closest trained franchisee to contact you in regards to your disinfectant service required. 

What’s growing in your gutters?

Most people believe that the only thing that will be in the gutters are leaves, but this simply isn’t the case.

Sure, leafy debris makes up a lot of what we find and remove from gutters, but you might be surprised at what else we find!

The gutters can create quite the ecosystem that allows many things to grow.  Leafy debris will break down into a muddy, sludge type of material that is high in nutrients.  Add a few seeds that blow in, some bird droppings (that may also contain seeds), plus add some fresh rainwater and sunshine and there you have it, all the ingredients for a lovely garden to grow.

This might mean that just some small moss or lichen may grow, but then you can have grass growing and then we go to full on plant growth.  We had a franchisee that was quite the gardener and they would often find lovely – and sometimes quite expensive plants – growing in gutters that if carefully removed, could be replanted in a place where they should be growing or in a pot, rather than growing in your gutters.

Because of the shape of gutters, we have removed many a plant and sometimes not really a plant but more like a small shrub or small tree (yes, some as high as 5 or 6 feet high), the root system of this growth will growth along the inside of the gutter and due to the confined space, can grow to be quite strong and branch like. 

You only need to ponder on this for a moment to realise just how damaging this can be to your gutter system by growing within the gutter.  Add to this that the gutters can then be blocked and have potentially damaging effects to your home with water damage, but that these plants will also attract pests with a ready-made food source PLUS this will also cause your gutters to rust. 

The biggest challenge is that you often can’t see this gutter growth (that’s what we like to call your garden in a gutter) from the ground.  Even some of the biggest plant growth is not visible from the ground so until your gutters start overflowing you may have no idea that you even have blocked gutters, let alone gutter growth.

This is why it is important to have your gutters cleaned at least once a year – perhaps more often if you are in a leafy area.  At Gutter-Vac we can provide a preventative maintenance service whereby we can inspect and clean your gutters on a regular basis (at least once a year) so that you never need to look up at your gutters and wonder what is going on inside.

If you are not sure what is growing in your gutters, then it might be time to give us a call so that we can attend to that gutter growth and have your gutters doing their intended purpose of taking water off of and away from your property, not being the garden on the roof of your property. 

Safe Work Method Statement

We take safety seriously at Gutter-Vac and because we do a lot of commercial work where this is a requirement, we use a Safe Work Method Statement for every job.

Now what is a Safe Work Method Statement you may ask?

Basically this is a way to work safely on a site, especially a commercial or construction site.

Think of it like a recipe on how to work safely, going from A to B or doing XYZ.  In our case in particular, it is how to get on and off a roof safely plus also how we work whilst on the roof.

Of course, no two properties, no two work sites are the same.  This means that when we arrive at any site, we must assess the site and conditions in which we will be working and then adapt to be able to work safely in this new situation.  This is called a risk assessment. 

The Safe Work Method Statement is the guide to help us ensure safety at all times, no matter what site we are on. 

Most companies are only required to use or to have on hand for commercial or construction sites, but we use a Safe Work Method Statement for all the work we do, including your home.  Safety is important and we take it seriously.

If you ever have a question about how we carry out our work safely, feel free to give us a call and discuss any questions or concerns you may have.  We are more than happy to share what we do and how we do it…. Safely.

Bird Proofing

Birds can cause a lot of issues to a property and we see them all.  There are many ways you can protect your property from the results of birds plus their nesting behaviours and do this in a humane way that doesn’t cause injury or harm to the birds.

The biggest issue we come across with birds that can not only be dangerous but also costly is when birds get in under your solar panels and decide to nest.  This is not only just birds, but also rodents and possums as well.  The challenge with solar panels are that there are lots of wires and connections and these can easily be dislodged by the birds (or other critters) causing the panels to simply stop working. 

There is a very simple fix to this and it is by placing a specialised mesh (that won’t affect your solar panels) that is clipped safely around the edge to deter and stop birds and critters from getting in and under your solar panels that could cause expensive damage to the wiring of your solar panels.

Did you know pigeon droppings can be toxic and we are often asked to remove them and we have to take a lot of precautions when doing so?  Wouldn’t it be great if we could deter the pigeons from deciding to rest on your property from the start. 

There are many ways to do this and most are with use of specialised mirrors, revolving objects and in some cases specialised ‘spikes’ to deter birds from taking a break and sitting on your property.

At Gutter-Vac we work closely with a company that manufacturers bird proofing devices so that we can install for our clients.  Because we are fully safety trained and insured to work at heights, there are more things we can do than simply provide a vacuum gutter cleaning service to your property and bird proofing is a more common request than you would first assume.

So if you are having issues with birds or you simply want to protect your property (such as your solar panels) then give us a call and we can discuss your needs and find the best solution for you and your property. 

Call your local franchisees on 1300 654 253.

Happy Father’s Day

Stuck for ideas on what to give your Dad this Father’s day?  He really doesn’t need another pair of socks right?

At Gutter-Vac, we have a lot of father’s amongst our Franchisees so we asked them about their favourite Father’s day presents they have ever received. 

I’m sure you won’t be surprised that the favourite gifts were those hand-made gifts, the cards, the pictures, all those things that we did when we were kids.

During this crazy time in the world, we are all discovering how important it is to connect with those that are near and dear to us.

So we have an idea for you this Father’s Day.  Why not support a local small business and get Dad something special this year, but remember it doesn’t have to be big or fancy, but instead something meaningful.

Maybe it is a packet of his favourite biscuits that you can share over a cup of tea.  Maybe he has a favourite beer or wine.  Maybe he loves to fish, so some new fishing gear and an afternoon of fishing would be great.  If he loves to cook, maybe a new cookbook and spend the time with him to cook a meal.

A combination of showing your Dad that you know him and what he likes, then get a gift that will support a local small business owner at this time, but then also, how can you make that gift a gift of time and connection to go with the physical gift.

If you have kids, get out the colouring pencils and paper.  Maybe they might not just write a note or card, maybe they could create their own little book called something like ‘The things I love to do with Dad’.  Maybe it is time to grab the colouring pencils and make your own cards and pictures for your Dad, whilst your kids make something for Grandpa. 

Another great idea is to gather all of your favourite photos of memories with your Dad and put them into a simple flip photo album which will only cost a few dollars, but then take the time to talk about each and every photo with your Dad.  This could be the best gift he has ever received. 

Let’s honour our Dads and show them we not only care, but we know them.  Take a little time this Father’s Day because sometimes the best gift is the gift of time.

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there!  We appreciated all that you do and have done for us.

How efficient are your solar panels?

It is not something that the average person thinks about on a day to day basis or even something you would notice, but as your solar panels are out in the elements, they will collect dust and dirt.  This dust and dirt doesn’t always wash away with rain, it is often ‘stuck’ to the solar panels.

As the dirt and dust builds up, it will slowly, over time decrease the efficiency of your solar panels to convert solar into electricity for your property.

There is an easy solve and that is to simply clean your solar panels.

Now a word of warning.  This is not a DIY job because firstly, being on the roof with a lot of water is extremely dangerous and without the right safety gear, it is so easy to slip and fall – onto the roof or off the roof.  The second thing to note is that there is a way to clean solar panels so that you don’t damage them.  Using chemicals or harsh scrubbing brushes could damage your solar panels beyond repair which would be a very expensive mistake.

You’d actually be surprised at just how dirty solar panels can get and how much this can reduce their effectiveness, so if you haven’t had your solar panels cleaned in a while (or ever) then give us a call for a free quote and let’s get those solar panels producing maximum energy output for you and your property.

What’s the truth about Gutter Guards?

In this video, Warren Ballantyne (Founder of Gutter-Vac) explains the difference between gutter guards and why a removable gutter guard works best.  If you have been thinking about getting gutter guards, then take a moment to watch this video for valuable information to help you with your decision.

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The features of Gutter-Flow include:

  • V0 Fire Retardant
  • Prevents build-up of leafy matter in gutters
  • Simple installation
  • Ability to remove for cleaning
  • Will reduce risk to your property
  • Allows water flow
  • Deters vermin
  • Will save you money
  • Cost effective installation

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A roof can be a slippery place !

If you know anything about Gutter-Vac, then we hope you know that we take safety very seriously. 

A roof can be far more dangerous than what people think.  We see it all the time where home owners think that just because their roof surface is relatively flat and only a single storey off the ground that it would be a safe place for them to do a little DIY, but that isn’t the case.

During these winter months in particular, we come across a lot of frosts, ice, dew and simply wet and slippery surfaces.  Even with all of our safety equipment, some days even a simple roof can be too dangerous to work on.  In these instances we will use our ground workers kit to get the job done, because just a slight sheen of frost or dew can be hard to see, but extremely dangerous to work on.

With a lot of rainfall, you can also find that using a ladder can be dangerous because all it takes is for a bit of soft ground under the footing of the ladder and you could be in a world of problems as your ladder sinks or becomes unstable with your weight as you climb.

So for what may seem like a simple task, there are so many things that can go wrong and with changing conditions and weather, the potential dangers increase.  It really isn’t worth putting your health and safety at risk.  Leave it to the professionals, such as Gutter-Vac, that are not only trained to work safely in good conditions, but to also find the safest way to do the job when conditions are not perfect or even good.

Don’t risk a fall, give us a call on 1300 654 253. 

Victorian Stage 4 Shutdown

To our valued VICTORIAN customers, 

In accordance with Stage 4 restrictions in Metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire, our Franchisees in these areas have ceased operation for the 6-week lockdown period with an anticipated return to work date of Monday 14th September to be advised by the Victorian State Government. 

At this time, we must all dedicate ourselves to reducing COVID-19 case numbers and the devastating tragedy that can follow for our community.

Our Metropolitan Melbourne/Mitchell Shire Franchisees that are in STAGE 4 Lockdown are:

  • Banyule – Mina Matta
  • Bayside – Kit Aeschliman
  • Beachside – Paul & Julia Reinsch
  • Dandenong – Con Karras
  • Knox – Bryan O’Donoghue
  • Manningham – Mina Moussa
  • Moonee Valley – Sally Olinowski & Andrew Luke
  • Mornington Peninsula – Craig Ladd
  • Whitehorse – Mina Moussa
  • Whittlesea – Mina Moussa
  • Central Victoria – Sally Olinowski & Andrew Luke
  • Yarra Ranges – Steve Bysouth

Our Regional Victorian Franchisees that are currently in STAGE 3 are:

  • Ballarat – Jurgen Martz
  • Bendigo – Adam Isaacs
  • Geelong – Jurgen Martz
  • Mildura – Shayne Cramp
  • Shepparton – Brocq Robertson
  • Albury-Wodonga – Jim McFarlane
  • South & West Gippsland – Michael & Sarah Caile

Your local Gutter-Vac franchisees can still take bookings for when we are able to return to work and they will work to get your service done as soon as possible after this lock down period.

We hope you and your loved ones remain safe and we look forward to helping you again soon. 

If you need to reach out to your local franchisee, please call on 1300 654 253 or visit our website at www.guttervac.com.au

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How’s your insulation performing?

Keeping the warm in your home during winter is not only a good idea for your personal comfort, but it is also a consideration on your energy usage. 

If your insulation is old and not performing the way it used to, then it might be time to have it replaced.  You will notice your energy costs are going up and it takes that bit more to keep your house warm during winter.

The challenge with replacing insulation is removing the old insulation from the ceiling cavity.  Even insulation that was laid in batts may no longer be in batts!  Over time it may have broken down so instead of nice rectangular batts that would be easy to remove, they could be in lots of little clumps of insulation. 

If you had ‘blow in’ insulation, then vacuuming it out is the only way to remove it.

We work with many insulation companies to come in and remove the old insulation before they put in the new insulation into your property.  The great thing is, that at the same time as removing the old insulation, we can also do a dirt and dust vacuum to pick up all that dirt, dust and often pest droppings that have settled under the insulation on your ceiling.

If you or anyone in your home suffers from asthma, a ceiling cavity dirt and dust vacuum is a great idea as these dirt and dust particles will filter through the ceiling causing asthma suffers some grief.

Working in a ceiling cavity is not a DIY job.  It can potentially be very dangerous working in a small confined space and electricity is a major danger point.  You never want to do this as a DIY job or a quick cash job to a guy down the street, you need to use a professional. 

If you haven’t had your insulation replaced in a while, it could be worth considering to increase the efficiency of your home.  A dirt and dust vacuum (with or without insulation removal and replacement) is also a good idea for the health of everyone in your home.  With our specialised vacuum system and professional training (plus fully insured) we can help you out with all of the above, just give us a call on 1300 654 253 to discuss your needs.