Minimise Damage

Prior planning can help to minimize any damage from floodwaters that you would otherwise experience.

weeds in gutter

Roof gutters should be kept as clean as possible. If your gutters look like this one you can expect to have a large damage bill when heavy rain falls.

Tree debris

Check the trees surrounding your house. Trim the branches so that they don't hang over the roof or gutters and drop leaves and other debris onto them. This could cause drain blockages and also result in damage to your home.

creek debris

If you have a creek or waterway near your home, make sure that the surrounding garden is well kept and free of loose items that could be damaging during a flood.  Fences, gates, paths and other constructions should be in good repair so that they do not become hazardous wreckage when swift waters are experienced.

Garages or workshops can end up being a hazardous mess if affected by floodwaters. Poisonous substances such as fuel, pesticides, coolants etc. should be clearly marked and stored in water-tight containers. It is best to store hazardous substances and electric or battery powered tools at a height above the potential flood water level. Sharp tools can be firmly fixed to a wall or in tool boxes.