Prepare Gutters for Storm Season

Prepare for Brisbane’s Wild Weather

Queensland is known as the Sunshine state but we still get hit with some harsh weather during storm season. With the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and others predicting severe storms coming to south east Queensland this summer, it’s important you prepare for the worst. Part of your preparations should include cleaning your gutters to prevent water damage to your home. The gutters on your roof are the first line of defense in protecting your property from Brisbane’s unpredictable elements. They need to be able to capture and disperse the large amount of water that falls during summer storms in Brisbane.

Why would my gutters be blocked?

Gutters are fully exposed to the elements and over time they can become blocked if not properly maintained or cleaned. Overhanging trees are the primary culprit of blocked gutters and the leaf litter they drop can quickly clog up most guttering systems in just a few months. Additionally, mud and other debris may enter your down pipes causing potentially serious blockages. Without removing this material, water may not be able to pass through your drainage system off your property. As a result, water could back up and get trapped on your roof which is a disaster just waiting to happen.

Why do I need to clean my gutters?

The gutters on the roof of your home catch rainwater and redirect it away from your property. By channeling water away from your home, your gutters play a key role in preventing water from seeping inside your home. If water were to leak into your house, significant damage could result in ceilings and walls and other areas such as carpets and electrical systems. Not only this, but it may also result in serious structural problems requiring extremely costly repairs. Hughes Plumbing Contractors recommend cleaning your gutters at least once a year before the onset of Brisbane’s storm season to protect your property.

What happens if I don’t clean my gutters?

If you do not clean your gutters, you are exposing your home to a number of potential hazards. Besides the obvious water damage that could potentially be caused to your home, there are other risks blocked gutters lead to. Firstly, when stagnant water and other debris sits in your gutters long-term, they quickly cause rust to form. This can seriously degrade gutters and lead to the need for more expensive, yet completely preventable, gutter replacement. Secondly, rotting gutter debris can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and cockroaches that may spread to the rest of your property. Finally, after our long dry spell, many homes around Brisbane have a lot of dry leaves in their gutters. Dry leaves are an excellent fuel and should be removed to reduce fire risk.

Hughes Plumbing Contractors to the Rescue

Hughes Plumbing Contractors is your local gutter cleaning and repair expert. Using the most modern technologies, we efficiently remove all debris from your gutters quickly with minimal disruption to your daily life. Hughes Plumbing Contractors is fully insured and offer free quotes on all gutter cleaning and repair jobs. We also offer a satisfaction guarantee and service homes and businesses throughout south east Queensland including the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

To book a free gutter inspection, please contact Hughes Plumbing Contractors today on 0406 288 142 or email