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.
The Gutter-Vac Townsville team has had a full-on week cleaning the gutters and solar panels at a couple of schools in Charters Towers and Townsville. It was all hands on deck with a total of 643 panels to clean in Charters Towers and another 228 at a school here in Townsville. A massive effort by all involved, well-done team!
Lately we’ve been getting a lot of requests for gutter guard installation. Gutter guard can be a great solution for keeping debris out of your gutters, in certain situations. However, there are a few things you need to consider before committing to the costly installation of gutter guard.
What type of debris is collecting in your gutters and on your roof?
If the debris collecting in your gutters and on your roof consists of large leaves and sticks then gutter guard may be the answer. However, for fine debris such as small leaves, pine needles and seeds, gutter guard won’t be very effective as these things will still get through.
How much debris is collecting in your gutters and how often do they require cleaning?
If you find that your gutters do not fill with debris and only require cleaning every one or two years then it probably isn’t worth having gutter guard installed. A general maintenance check and clean every year or so will suffice. However, if your gutters require cleaning every 3 or 4 months then gutter guard may help reduce the number of cleans required per year.
Dust and grime will still build up in your gutters!
Something a lot of people don’t realise is, even if the gutter guard is stopping a lot of the bulk debris from getting in the gutters, dirt and grime will still collect in them. This means that the gutters will still need to be cleaned every so often. If left for too long your gutters can become the perfect breeding ground for vermin and a great place for plants, grass and moss to grow. Cleaning gutters once gutter guard is fitted can be a difficult and time-consuming process as the gutter guard needs to either be removed completely or one edge needs to be unscrewed and lifted to gain access to the gutters. It then needs to be refitted once the clean is finished.
Debris will still build up on your roof and on top of the gutter guard.
Larger debris will still collect on your roof and on top of the gutter guard which will still need to be cleaned off regularly. If this debris is not cleaned off regularly then it may result in your roof becoming discoloured or rusted.
How does the cost of regular cleaning and gutter guard installation compare?
You also need to consider how the cost of installing gutter guard compares to the cost of having your gutters cleaned regularly, and how often you will need to have your gutters and roof cleaned after gutter guard is installed.
If you’d like any more information on the pros and cons of gutter guard and what to consider before having it installed feel free to contact us. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and can provide you with a free quote. You can contact us on 0412 309 379 or email us at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This weekend the Gutter-Vac Townsville team is going to be at the Townsville Expo. Come down and say hi, and enter the draw to win a free gutter clean. We look forward to seeing you there!
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 email@example.com 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.