Top 5 Tips to Prevent Flooding During Storms


After the recent flooding in Northern New South Wales and South East Queensland, many homeowners are questioning the best ways to prevent flooding during storms and safeguard their property against future severe weather events. We’ve put together 5 top tips you can put into action now to greatly reduce the risk of costly flood damage to your home later.

Repair Any Drain Pipes

Old or damaged drain pipes are a major culprit when it comes to flooding in homes. Pipes that have a crack in them can burst when overloaded with heavy rainfall and the pressure builds up. Some of the early signs of this happening include a change in the colour, taste and smell of your water. Call a professional plumber to fix this problem as soon as possible.

Remove Debris from Drains and Gutters

Clogged drains and gutters will cause excess water to build up and prevent it from being able to flow away from your property. Remove any sticks, leaves and other debris regularly to keep them clear. Don’t forget to also check for blockages in your property storm drains and street drains.

Clearing downpipes and gutters

Improve Your Outdoor Drainage System

A proper outdoor drainage system is key to flood prevention. This may involve extending the downspout, adding in an underground pipe that connects to a small stormwater drain with a catch basin or installing a French draining system.

Use Landscaping to Prevent Flooding

Landscaping can do more than just enhance the aesthetic beauty of your garden! Design your outdoor spaces with flood prevention in mind. Some popular options include adding stormwater drainage wells to absorb excess water and constructing a rain garden to catch roof run-off.

outdoor drainage system

Get a Professional Inspection

A professional plumber can spot flaws in your outdoor drainage system that you may not have noticed. They can also provide expert advice, repairs, maintenance and recommendations for further preventative measures that are tailored to your unique property.

How To Recover From Flood Damage

The after-effects of flooding can be devastating and costly. One of the most useful things you can do after your home has suffered flood damage is to ensure that it won’t happen again. You can do this by putting in place preventative measures to better protect your property from indoor flooding and outdoor flooding in the event of severe weather.

Let an Expert Plumber Lend a Hand

Barker Plumbing Services are experts in flood prevention and can recommend the best customised solutions for your property to prevent flooding during storms. 

Whether you require a more efficient outdoor drainage system, roof or downpipe repairs, maintenance or something else, we can get the job done quickly and safely so that you and your home are prepared for heavy rainfall and floods. Give us a call today to speak to a licensed Gold Coast professional and to book an appointment.