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How you can help prepare your home for adverse weather conditions

20 April 2022

How you can help prepare your home for adverse weather conditions

The effects of La Niña are proving to be a challenge for Northern and Eastern parts of Australia. This weather phenomenon has resulted in heavy rainfall and an increased severity of cyclones and high winds. While these extreme weather conditions are often unavoidable, our O’Brien Plumbing experts recommend taking precautions to help avoid or minimise damage to your property. As with fire plans in case of bush fires, having a wet weather plan in place could help you in the long run.

So, how do you help prepare your home against heavy rainfall or hail? Here are 4 potential problem areas and some simple steps you can take to help reduce the risks of water damage to your home.

1. Faulty flashings and weather seals

If your property is not properly sealed and maintained, rain can get into the home potentially leading to mold and other problems. To help avoid this, check for loose flashings or deteriorated weather seals on the externals of the home, to prevent inconspicuous water entering and causing damage. 

Our O’Brien Plumbers recommend inspecting these areas annually to check signs of damage or decay. We recommend you engage a local plumbing expert to plug these seals for long lasting effects.

2.Gutter and Drainage System Overflow

Gutters help to protect the foundation and walls of your home because they divert water away from your home and its foundation. Gutters also help capture much needed rain water – if your rainwater tank is connected to your toilets, hose taps or washing machine, keeping your downpipes and gutters clean and having your pumps checked by a licensed plumber will ensure you don’t miss out on capturing as much rain water as possible.

Our O’Brien Plumbers recommend consulting a licensed, experienced professional.This may help to avoid more problems caused by water leaking into the building’s foundation and roof cavities.

3. Damage to Roof

Hail and rain can cause roof damage. Roof damage may appear as dents in metal and roof tiles or cracks on your roof tiles due to hail. If you notice any potential damage, get in touch with a licensed professional.

4.Clogging of household plumbing

During rainy weather household plumbing can become clogged or damaged. Blocked drains can lead to plumbing backflow and can cause problems in the home if not dealt with quickly. A blocked drain will usually be apparent, however, a number of signs to look out for include;

  • An unusual smell coming from pipes or drainage
  • Puddles or build up of water where it is slow to drain away or doesn’t drain at all
  • A gurgling sound emerging from drains and pipes

To help prevent this from happening our O’Brien Plumbers specialise in drain cleaning with specific equipment that may be needed to make them operational again.

O’Brien Plumbers offer a range of services to help protect your home including:

  • Hand augers and drain cleaning rods.
  • Electric eels.
  • High pressure water jetters.
  • CCTV inspection of drains.
  • Excavation and repair/replacement.

Our O’Brien Plumbers come highly experienced in troubleshooting these problems for you.

If you notice plumbing damage or require a licensed plumber to inspect your property contact the experts at O’Brien Electrical & Plumbing

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