Time to check the trees
BEING prepared for the cyclone season does not need to cost an arm and a leg - but it could literally and financially if you don’t take the necessary precautions.
Large trees around the house are the biggest dangers surrounding damage from cyclones and heavy rain.
Most arborists in the Douglas region offer free quotes to inspect large trees around the home and conduct a report on the risks around your property.
If it is determined a tree is a legitimate risk to people or property in a major storm event, the arborist can obtain the necessary council permits to remove the tree.
Fallen trees can not only damage the structure of your home, but it can also be costly to repair gyprock or replace household items which are saturated in a storm.
And it is not just cyclonic winds which can cause a tree to topple over. There are many species with shallow root systems that can be blown over in heavy rains.
If you do need a tree removed to ensure your protection, it is a lot cheaper to have an arborist inspect and remove it in the lead-up to the wet season than in peak periods after a major weather event.
Other precautions you can take around the home to safeguard your property from unnecessary damage include clearing out downpipes and guttering before the wet season arrives as vegetative debris builds up and restricts water flow and in heavy rains may result in water flowing back into the ceiling cavity.
If you have had drainage problems in the past with water backing up in the yard due to stormwater blockages or debris in yard pits, then have them seen to as well before it is too late.