After another hot, Australian summer we’ve seen many bushfires rage throughout NSW. We couldn’t begin to imagine the devastation caused to a family due to a fire in their home. One of the easiest and best preventative measures is to unblock drains and clear your gutters!
We were reading some of the information that the NSW RFS have on their website around fire safety and how to safeguard your home and family from the devastation of a fire. They have some really great tips that everyone should be aware of. Here is the link to one document which outlines the top 5 actions we can take to make our homes safer.
For those who don’t have the time to read it…tips numbers 4 and 5 are really important and things that we generally don’t think about often. Luckily though, if you’re in the Wollongong area, your friendly local plumbers at TASM Plumbing Services are here to help!
Roof gutters collect a lot of debris throughout the year from falling leaves and twigs. These collections in your gutters (while also affecting your gutter’s drainage efficiency and ability to remove stormwater runoff efficiently) make the perfect ignition source for burning embers. A fire would take off quickly if the dried leaf litter in your roof gutters caught alight. We are particularly prone to leaf litter and drainage issues due to the number of trees we have decorating our suburbs around the Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama areas.
For a number of reasons, getting up on the roof to clean out the gutters and ensure the drainage is working efficiently is just one of those jobs that gets pushed to the back of our minds, and often neglected altogether, until something happens that reminds us we need to take action. We are very experienced with roof cleans, we have the right equipment to get the job done efficiently and effectively. We regularly do roof cleans and clear blocked drains for schools and other commercial properties. Regular or one off roof cleans of your home gutters is something that we can do if you have been putting it off for too long! We will clear your gutters or blocked drains and clean up and dispose of the mess as well, leaving none of the dirty work for you.
Making sure you have a reliable source of water, and access to water around every part of your house is really important too, and again, something we would probably not think of until it was too late. The NSW RFS suggest to make sure you have a hose that will stretch the whole way around your home so that you have a water source available to protect your home if there is a fire. If you don’t have a couple of taps around your property, we can arrange to install one for you. One product we highly recommend (and use ourselves!) is the Arco Grifo Double Garden tap. This is a very handy tap to have in your backyard because it allows you to keep a hose connected to the tap at all times while still having access to running water from the tap. No more connecting and disconnecting the hose each time you want to use it. The quarter turn taps are also very handy and make life a little bit easier. Which is what plumbing is all about! Have a look at the link below to see the tap, which is available in brass or chrome. If you’re in the Wollongong, Shellharbour or Kiama areas, give us a call and we can install one for you.
We know blocked drains, let us give you peace of mind by checking your gutters and drainage are working effectively.