Residents reminded about high fronted roof gutters

Cessnock City Council is reminding local residents of the importance to ensure roof gutters and stormwater management systems are designed and installed by a licensed professional.

Cessnock City Council is reminding local residents of the importance to ensure roof gutters and stormwater management systems are designed and installed by a licensed professional.  

The incorrect design and installation of high fronted roof gutters and stormwater management systems have the potential to result in roofwater back-flowing into the roof or wall cavity during high rainfall events.  

Water entering the building can cause damage to the building structure, as well as wall, ceiling and floor linings.  Build-up of mould can also occur which has the potential to cause health problems for the occupants of the affected building.   Due to the water usually entering concealed parts of the building, any damage may not be evident for a long period of time which by then becomes a costly exercise to repair.  

The requirements for the installation of high fronted gutters and associated stormwater management systems are regulated by the Building Code of Australia and related Australian Standards. Using a licensed professional who is appropriated skilled and experienced in undertaking roof plumbing is your best option to ensuring compliance with the Building Code of Australia.  

You can find out more about high front gutters via Council’s fact sheet which can be found at www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/planning-and-development/develop/factsheets or from the Fair Trading NSW website www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au.

 3/8/2018