Being Prepared for Bushfires in Townsville

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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.

Tank Cleaning in Townsville

Did you know Gutter-Vac Townsville also does tank cleaning? We know that many Australians like to use tank water as it can be more economical than relying on town water. However, for many rural areas it is their only source of water, or at least, drinkable water.

Having your water tank cleaned on a regular basis (every four or five years) is important for a couple of reasons. A build-up of sludge and grime in your tank can result in rusting. This can be costly because your tank will either need to be repaired or replaced. More, importantly however, is the risk of your water becoming contaminated and unsafe to drink. If this occurs, then your tank will need cleaning immediately.

It is important to remember that the state of your water tank and the quality of your water is directly related to how clean and well-maintained your gutters are. If your gutters contain any pollutants such as dirt, rubbish, insects, moss, animal droppings or even dead animals, then those things can potentially flow into your tank and contaminate your water. Even if these things don’t end up in your tank, any water flowing over them and into it will be contaminated. Therefore, we recommend that you have your gutters cleaned at the same time as your tank. This will ensure that your water is as clean 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. 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. Our technique requires no chemicals, so your water will be left clean and safe to use. We also dispose of all the mess for you.

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.

Why Wait until Storm Season? Have your Gutters Cleaned Now!

Are your gutters ready for storm season? Every year Gutter-Vac Townsville receives an influx of calls during storm season from people needing their gutters cleaned. Often this is because, after the first big downpour they realise that their gutters and drainage systems aren’t flowing as they should and are over flowing. This is a problem because over flowing gutters can lead to water leaking into your ceiling cavity and causing serious damage to your home.

Unfortunately, by the time you realise there is a problem the damage may already be done. The best time to have your gutters cleaned is before storm season starts. This way you avoid the risk of your property being damaged and the longer wait times due to the influx of calls we receive during that time. Also, by ensuring that your gutters, roof, downpipes and other drainage systems, are not blocked with debris or sludge you are able to show your insurance company that you have maintained your gutters if anything did go wrong. Don’t get caught out this storm season!

Feel free to give Gutter-Vac Townsville a call on 0412 309 379 or email us at townsville@guttervac.com.au. We’ll be happy to provide you with a free quote and answer any questions you may have.

Roof and Ladder Safety while Cleaning Gutters in Townsville

We all know that climbing ladders and getting up on the roof of your house can be a dangerous task; and recent studies have shown that as we age the risk of a fall, and serious injury significantly increases. So, we thought we’d share a few points and safety concerns to consider before attempting to clean your own gutters by hand. We’ll also take a look at the techniques and safety equipment that Gutter-Vac technicians use to combat these issues.

  1. Access to the gutters
  • How high are the gutters?
    • Will your ladder safely reach the gutters with the base of the ladder a good distance from the wall and the top few rungs over hanging the gutter? If the gutters are too high and the angle of your ladder too steep, then you risk falling backwards.
  • Is the ground below your gutters flat, firm and un-movable for your ladder?
  • Can the top of the ladder safely rest against the gutter?
  • And remember NEVER over-reach.
  1. The pitch and surface of the roof
  • Is your roof too steep or slippery to safely traverse?
  1. Weather conditions
  • Something people often don’t consider is the heat and dehydration factor in summer. Roofs can get extremely hot and you don’t want to risk passing out and falling.
  • And NEVER GET ON THE ROOF IN WET CONDITIONS!

There is a lot to consider when taking on this sort of work, but your safety should come first and foremost. Saving a few dollars by doing it yourself isn’t worth the risk of injury. If it isn’t safe, call in the experts. Our Gutter-Vac Townsville technicians have completed Ballantyne Safety training which is a nationally accredited working at heights training course and use the Ballantyne Safety restraint system. Where necessary, they can also vacuum out your gutters from the ground using our groundworks kit, which completely eliminates the risk.

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Protecting your Solar Panels from Birds and Pests in Townsville

Did you know that our GutterVac team also offer solar panel cleaning and protection? Here in Townsville one of the major problems we come across on people’s roofs are pigeon and myna bird infestations under and around their solar panels. The warm, confined space under your solar panels provides the perfect place for these pesky birds to build their nests, and very quickly a couple of pigeons can turn into a huge, noisy, smelly mess. The mess under the panels can be bad enough, but an infestation often leads to a whole range of other issues as well.

Droppings covering panels

With a lot of pigeons comes a lot of pigeon droppings which can end up covering your solar panels. This can severely impact their efficiency or damage them permanently, costing you quite a lot in the long run.

Droppings and discarded eggs clogging gutters

Droppings and old eggs that have rolled out from under your solar panels can also end up covering your roof, filling your gutters, and clogging your downpipes. Again, this is messy and smelly, but it can also lead to rusting gutters and water leaking into your ceiling cavity.

Health Concerns

On top of the damage pigeons can cause to your property, they also pose a very serious health risk to you and your pets. Pigeons are known to carry lice and diseases which can easily spread to you or your pets if the problem is left untreated.

How our GutterVac team can combat these issues

Here in Townsville our team is equipped to safely and efficiently clean your solar panels and roof. We can also use our high-powered vacuum to remove any droppings and debris from under your solar panels and in your gutters. This mess is completely removed from your property and disposed of for you. Finally, GutterVac Townsville can close any gaps between panels and install solar skirts which will prevent any pests from moving back in.

Often people are completely unaware that they have an infestation under their solar panels until the damage is already quite extreme. So if you have solar panels and know that there is a high number of pigeons or myna birds in your area, or you suspect you may have an infestation, give us a call. We can check your roof for you and provide a quote for any work that we think needs doing.

Cleaning Gutters With Gutter-Vac Townsville

We often get asked by customers what we do and how we do it.  It is always hard for people to see the results of what we do with our specialised wet/dry vacuum system as we are working on the roof.  Recently we got out the GoPro and took some video of us cleaning the gutters on a property right here in Townsville and we thought we’d share it with you here.  Certainly gives you a good idea of not only what we do, how we do it, the results we achieve but also the view from up here.  As you can see, we are up pretty high so that is why our safety gear comes in handy.

If you are interested in finding out how we can clean your gutters on your home or commercial property, then please give us a call on 1300 654 253.