Preparing for the storm
- Have your gutters, downpipes and stormwater drains cleared of debris by a licensed plumber such as RTL Plumbing (3399 2203), who will also check the condition of your guttering and prepare a report with photos. Never get up on a ladder when alone, during a storm or heavy rainfall.
- Remove any loose or partially broken branches near your home – only if safe to do so.
- Remove or secure any lose items from your yard such as pool toys.
- Think about potential flooding in your home, especially with the king tide. You might want to move valuables out of a garage or storage area, consider putting furniture or items on crates.
- If possible, keep your pets safely inside your home. Flood water can rise quickly and appear suddenly.
Act and survive
- During the tropical cyclone, stay away from storm water drains.
- Roof leaking during the storm? – It can’t be fixed until the storm and rain passes. So take photos of where the leak is, set up towels and buckets and call RTL Plumbing (3399 2203) who will come out to locate and fix the leak as soon as appropriate.
- Watch where water is flowing during heavy rain – this gives you an idea of the path of possible floodwaters around your property.
After the storm
- Perform a visual check of your guttering and roofs from ground level. Do not get up on a ladder and never lean over a balcony – call in professional plumbers to check on your roof and assess the condition of your guttering.
- Stormwater drain not flowing? – It may need unblocking and could have tree roots blocking the flow of water.
- Do not move broken or fallen branches if they are on your roof, caught in your guttering or near powerlines.
- Do not enter floodwater in your garden or outside of your home. If it’s flooded, forget it!
- If there’s a leak or flood in a common area – inform your Body Corporate.