Preparing for the fire season
Australia experiences low rainfall and warm and dry conditions, which increases the threat of bushfires. As climate patterns change, the risk of fires continues to increase.
Strong winds not only fan the flames but also increase air circulation and provide more oxygen promoting combustion. When the bushfire season arrives the impact that the bushfires will have on your home will depend on how well prepared you are. Prevention is paramount.
Maintaining your roof system
One area of your home that needs to be adequately prepared is your roofing system that consists of the roof, gutters, and the downpipes. In particular, your gutters should be kept clear of all debris such as leaves, dirt, and twigs that can accumulate and block the gutters. If this debris is left to accumulate, it becomes a potential fire hazard and can easily ignite and start a fire in the roof space.
Even bushfires that are miles away from your home, produce embers that can travel for long distances. If these embers happen to land on your roof and your gutters are blocked, they will ignite the accumulated debris and it is common for the fire to enter the roof space.
It is easy to ignore the condition of your gutters because it is out of sight, but preventive maintenance can be the difference between saving your home in the event of a bushfire and losing your hard-earned investment. Having a reliable and professional gutter cleaning expert inspect and regularly maintain your gutters will give you the peace of mind and comfort of knowing that your home is well protected from the risks of bushfires.