Solar Panel Upkeep in Townsville

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.

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

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