Clogged downpipes and gutters can cause major problems during storm season. A blocked drainage system stops the water from flowing freely into the ground, leading to a build-up of water resulting in roof damage, leaks in ceilings, and damage to structure and interiors of the home. Add to that, structural damage can loosen and dislodge internal pipes and voila! you now have a river system meandering its way through your home. With damp conditions due to leakage, over time mildew and mold will develop – and this is a major health issue.
Regular cleaning of your gutters, especially before the storm season, can help prevent these problems.
Now, while pipes and gutters are the most important aspects of a drainage system, did you know that unclean patios, verandas and pathways can also contribute to troubles during storm season?
A patio’s surface often becomes gritty and soil can lodge into the crevices and sunken areas of your pathways. It again stops water from draining away from your home. It can even cause water to accumulate in areas that are inconvenient, such as directly outside a doorway. It also traps water against your foundations, again contributing to mildew growth and possible damage to building materials. Water damage over time can have a detrimental impact on the foundations and structure of your home or building – reducing the re-sale value and increasing the need for costly repairs and renovations.
A dirty patio can be slippery during rainy conditions, making it a hazard and difficult to walk on. It only takes a strip of mildew underfoot to put a loved one or work colleague in a world of pain – or worse!
Now is the time to prepare for storm season when winds will be strong and rainfall seemingly a never-ending event.
While not an extensive list, here are some preparation tips to help you to be ready for the storm season:
- Remove debris from the roof such as branches that stop water from diverting to the gutters
- Clear gutters of debris to allow water to escape to downpipes (either for water tank use, garden use, or normal drainage system)
- Ensure that your patio, veranda, driveways, etc. are free from waste that can block drains and cause water to ‘sit’. Also seriously consider high pressure cleaning these areas to remove the dirt and mildew build-up (we would be more than happy to assist you with this).
- Regularly check downpipes, gutters, and drains to ensure that they are in good condition and draining properly. If you notice that the water is spilling over the gutter and not going into the downpipe immediately contact a drain specialist to fix the problem before the storm season hits.