Gutter maintenance: Prepare your home for storms this winter

Although it is early in the winter season, the Gold Coast has already faced a cluster of thunderstorms, gusty winds, heavy showers and hail – and we know there will be plenty more to endure before spring rolls around again.

With the wet season setting in, now is the time to ensure gutters and downpipes are prepared if you haven’t done so already.

While the Foster’s Plumbing team is always happy to visit our clients, we also want to help you prevent roofing and guttering plumbing issues before they start.

These simple tips could potentially save your home from major storm damage (and hefty repair bills) this winter.    


Remove debris

Leaves and debris building up in your gutters affect the way your drainage system works. It is important to inspect and clean your gutters to ensure water is able to flow freely through the system, rather than be stopped by a foreign blockage.

While clogs can damage your gutters, overflowing water can wreak havoc on other parts of your home too. The most concerning issue to arise is water seeping into your roof.

This can cause structural or unsightly damage to your ceiling, or in the worst case scenario cause electrical systems to spark, leading to fire.

Roof leaks can also damage appliances and furniture in the room affected.

Components of your home such as window frames, doors and walls can also warp or rot if exposed to water for periods of time,  so it is important to keep an eye out for the signs of a leaking roof before the issue gets out of hand.


These include: small amounts of water trickling down walls, bubbling paint, stains appearing or sagging ceilings.  

By making sure your gutters are cleaned out, you are also reducing the likelihood of pest infestations and mould growth in your roof plumbing.

It is also worth running water down your downspout to ensure it is also free from blockages.

Safety while working at heights is paramount, so enlist the help of our gold coast roof plumber if you do not have the proper equipment to complete this task.


Inspect gutters for wear and tear


A good way to test for leaks in your gutters is to flush them with a hose once you have removed most of the debris. Not only will this help to wash away the remaining gunk, but uncover leaks which will require your attention.

It is also important to check for any loose screws or brackets, check the joins, rusted areas, or sections which seem out of place.

If you notice significant wear and tear, it is time for some gutter maintenance works, and our gold coast plumbers are more than happy to assist.   


Install gutter guards


If you want to make sure leaves and gunk don’t make their way into your gutters, you should consider installing a gutter guard.

This will not only save you the time and effort of regular cleaning but can save your system from permanent damage.

With a guard in place, leaves and other items will simply blow off your roof.


Realign gutters


Your gutter system should be installed with a slight slope, which ensures water flows towards the downspout. If your gutters are out of alignment, water could be left to stagnate, or potentially be running too quickly, causing erosion.

With a slow-running hose or bucket of water, test the alignment at the farthest end from the downspout by pouring the water into the gutter and monitor the speed it runs to its destination.

This should be consistent, so if the water struggles to flow through any section, you might have an alignment issue.  


Inspect Roof Tiles


While this is an important step, it is best left for the professionals. Safety first!

Before climbing any ladders, inspect the property from the ground for any obvious cracks or leaks.

If you are confident and have the correct equipment to do so (properly secured ladder or scaffolding and a safety harness), climb onto the roof.

Check for and take note of loose or damaged tiles, and thoroughly check your flashings or silicone joints which stop water from penetrating your roof.

Flashing is the metal covering which protect around chimneys, whirlybirds or ventilation pipes. If they don’t seem to be doing their job correctly, contact a roof plumber for assistance.

If you have metal roofing, look for warping, erosion or any areas of general wear and tear. If you notice any of the above, get in touch with Foster’s Plumbing for their roofing services.     


When in doubt, call in the roof plumbing specialists


Whether you need roof repair, maintenance, gutter guard installation or a simple inspection to ensure everything is in tip-top shape, Foster’s Plumbing is only a phone call away.  

Our plumbing service can also assist with 24/7 emergency plumbing, blocked drains, burst pipes, leaking taps, gas fitting, hot water systems and home improvement projects.

Customer service is our highest priority, so contact our fully qualified team on 0415 169 603 for an obligation free quote, or send us an email at [email protected]