A Building & Pest Inspection on a Caboolture Property revealed Gutters full of Leaves and Debris, this is an Extreme Fire Hazard!
It is not uncommon to find gutters full of leaves and debris during our building and pest inspections, particularly in homes built in a bushland setting or near State Forests in the Sunshine Coast region. It is extremely dangerous to have leaves and debris left in gutters as this poses an extreme fire hazard!
Don’t become a Statistic of Queensland’s notorious Bush Fires!
Bush fires are common in the areas surrounding Caboolture, particularly where homes are situated in heavily treed areas such as the National Parks of the Sunshine Coast, and places like the Beerburrum and Beerwah State Forests, Glasshouse Mountains, D’Aguilar National Park, and Bribie Island National Park.
Leaf matter should be removed regularly from gutters and downpipes to help prevent your home from becoming another of Queensland’s bush fire statistics!
There are Many Other Reasons why You Should Regularly Clean Out Your Gutters
There are also many other reasons why debris in gutters is a hazard and why regular maintenance inspections are important. Leaves and debris can block gutters causing corrosion. If your gutter and downpipes are not clear it prevents proper drainage from your roof and can also make the property at risk of serious water damage from overflowing gutters, as rainwater can find it’s way into roof cavities and inside walls causing a lot of damage.
Cleaning gutters regularly minimizes the possibility of debris entering into the downpipes and stormwater system and causing blockages, which can be an expensive exercise to have repaired. Leaves and debris in blocked gutters are also a perfect environment for snakes, rodents and other pests to inhabit.
Blocked gutters filled with water are known breeding grounds for mosquitoes which can cause diseases like Ross River Virus. In doing building and pest inspections over the years All Suburbs Building Inspections and Reports have found that uncleared gutters are often the cause of these problems, and can lead to expensive repairs for the homeowner.
Annual Building and Pest Inspections by ASBIR will Help You Stay on Top of any Maintenance Issues
As mentioned previously, leaves and debris that clog up your gutters can become a severe fire hazard, especially in the hinterland areas of the Sunshine Coast where each year bush fires cause loss of property and life. It is imperative that you check your gutters regularly, or have annual maintenance inspections by ASBIR so that you can be alerted to any these problems as well as any building defects, so you have the opportunity to fix any them, especially before Summer and the bush fire season.