How to Prepare Your Drains for Storm Season

December 2, 2020

Storm season seems to come earlier every year. While the wet season is precisely what the farmers are hoping for, it can also spell trouble for your home if you’re not ready and prepared.

It’s not just storms we need to be ready for, it’s also constant rain like what has been predicted for this summer. Trees drop leaves, loose branches fall to the ground, and dirt from your garden all finish up in your drains. This debris can create obstructions in your drains, leading to possible blockages, flooding or worse.

Here is what you should do to prevent damage:

  • Cut back overhanging plants, bushes and trees
  • Remove and clear rubbish and debris away from storm water grates and drains
  • Move gardening materials, plant tubs and tools away from drains
  • Stop sticks and leaves from getting washed into the storm water drains by cleaning downpipes and gutters
  • Fix gutters whilst you’re at it, make sure the water flows away from your home


Please be exceptionally careful around power lines!

Do not cut any trees near your power lines; contact a tree lopper or an arborist that is knowledgeable in pruning around power lines. If trees have interfered with main power lines, contact Energex’s emergency line on 13 19 62.


When should you call a plumber?

If rainwater is slower than normal to drain away or you detect a bad smell coming from the drains it is probable a blockage developing. At this time it is a good idea to have a qualified plumber attend with a drain camera to examine the obstruction and clear the blockage in the drain, before it gets worse.


If you would like a qualified and experienced Red Beard plumber to examine or clear your drains, call (07) 5535 4597