How to get your property ready for heavy rainfall:Our top tips

18th June 2020

Wild storms, strong winds and heavy rainfall all have the potential to cause extensive damage to properties.

Luckily, there are precautions you can take to minimise the chances of water damage to your property the next time a crazy storm or heavy rainfall hits.

Here at Custom Fascia & Spouting, we’ve been assisting New Zealand property owners with their rainwater system needs for many years now. During this time, we’ve picked up a few tricks when it comes to storm-proofing properties for heavy rainfall.

To help you out, our team of specialists has put together a summary of what you can do to ensure your property is ready when the next storm rolls in.

1. Do your gutters need repair or a replacement?

The guttering of your property plays an integral role in terms of your property’s rainwater management system, so our first tip is that you have your gutters regularly checked to ensure they’re not full of leaves and other debris. Blocked gutters mean that rainwater won’t flow through as it should which can lead to bigger issues down the track.

Unfortunately, gutters and spouting won’t last forever. After time, you’re going to notice some issues such as leaks, cracks and seams coming apart.

If you find that your gutters are doing any of these things, it’s recommended that you have an expert inspect the issue to determine if a repair or replacement job is required.

If a heavy downpour hits and your gutters aren’t in good shape, there will likely just be further damage created. If you require new gutters and spouting, we recommend you opt for continuous spouting. Due to continuous spouting having fewer joints, there are also fewer vulnerable parts of the spouting which are susceptible to blockages and leaks.

2. Don’t forget to check your roof:

You should regularly inspect your roof to see if there is any damage up there that could cause havoc when heavy rain hits. Issues to look out for include broken or missing tiles or shingles and significant cracks.

Working on the roof can be a dangerous task, so we recommend that you contact a professional who can conduct a safe and thorough inspection.

3. Other tips: Tidy your yard & manage hazardous trees

Strong winds can cause more damage than you might think and they’re even capable of moving heavy objects like outdoor furniture. This is why it’s a good idea to ensure your front and backyards have been cleaned up and any loose objects are secured prior to a storm arriving.

If you have overgrown or potentially hazardous trees on your property, be sure to have these trimmed or removed to further reduce the chance of any unwanted damage to yours or your neighbour’s property if a storm hits.

Would you like more information on our guttering and spouting services?

If you have any questions or would like to arrange an obligation-free quote, be sure to get in touch with the team of experts at Custom Fascia & Spouting today.

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