Occasional visitors to the beautiful Gold Coast and Queensland always say the same thing: “The weather is amazing!” But the locals (and the emergency plumbers!) know a little better. Sometimes, the only thing that is amazing is the incredible intensity of the storm that is sweeping through town. And storms, of course, can be incredibly destructive. We’re talking about lightning, wind, hail, and – of course – storm water damage.
As your trusty emergency plumber, we’re standing by to help. But as a Gold Coast homeowner, the onus is also on you to reduce the impact of water damage from storms before that wild weather hits.
So with bad weather already on the radar, let’s go through some ways you can safeguard your Gold Coast assets, property and family against the impact of storm water damage to homes.
1. Keep your gutters clean
This is the obvious one. Those gutters are up there so they can do their job when the rain comes down. But if they’re full of leaves and other gunk, you’re just asking for trouble.
2. Fix your leaks
If there’s one thing that becomes very, very noticeable during a huge downpour, it’s that tiny leak in your gutters, downpipes, and roof. At the earliest sign of a water leak, get it repaired quickly. A small leak can become a much bigger problem in a severe storm.
3. Check your downpipes
We just mentioned the leaks that could be in your downpipes, but arguably even more of a problem is a complete or partial blockage to those pipes – or your drains. Once that storm water starts to flow quickly, that blockage can turn into a plumbing nightmare.
To check, test your downpipes’ performance with a hose.
4. Check your rainwater tank
An often-forgotten part of your storm preparations is to take a closer look at your rainwater tank. If these pipes are blocked with debris, the fast-flowing water can become backed up and overwhelm your gutters.
5. Think about water flow
If the storm water has started to flow around your place, it’s too late to do much about it. But, for next time, take note of how your property’s stormwater infrastructure deals with the flow. Are there places where it pools? Are there ‘rivers’ that form?
With this information, consider changing your yard’s drainage, for instance by strategically positioning some rocks, or clearing some areas of debris.
6. Check for overhanging branches
In a really bad storm such as a cyclone, heavy overhanging trees and branches can cause significant damage to your house or fences if they break off. Although they won’t directly cause water damage, they can damage your roof or gutters letting water in.
7. Check your backflow
Especially where storms and floods are commonplace, backflow prevention is a really important issue. Your drinking water can be under threat from water flowing down your pipes in the wrong direction, so consider having a backflow prevention device installed.
And if you already manage your backflow, get it tested.
8. Write up your possessions
When it comes to the sort of water damage Gold Coast locals often have to deal with, there simply is no prevention. We’re talking about storms that are so bad that flooding is inevitable.
In these worst-case scenarios, you’ll be thinking more about your insurance than your damage. So write up a detailed inventory of all your valuable possessions, and take a photo of everything too.
The lesson? Before the weather turns ugly, put a little bit of thought into preventing or minimising the sort of water damage Gold Coast locals tackle year after year. Need some support from those in the know? Gold Coast Plumbing Company has been helping to prevent water damage to homes for decades, so give the experts a call for some excellent advice on 1300 390 361.