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Performance of gutters in bushfires

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article image The decision to install Smartflo leafless at this house at Pomonal in 2001 has proven to be well worth the investment.

The recent Victorian bushfires in the Grampians did substantial damage to property and bushland.

The decision to install Smartflo leafless at this house at Pomonal in 2001 has proven to be well worth the investment. The self clearing gutter ensured that, while the surrounding bush was consumed in the blaze, the gutter was free of fuel when the fire approached. The significance of ember attack in the roof cavity was highlighted in the Canberra fires of January 2003, and is now widely recognised as a prime cause of damage to domestic dwellings during bushfires.

After replacing deformed filters and end caps, and flushing the ash out, the Smartflo gutter was easily restored, and is once again harvesting clean rain water, while providing security against the next fire to pass through the region.

The NSW Rural Fire Service has also observed the advantages of Smartflo gutters, with fire stations at Forbes, Rylestone, Cranebrook, Wangi Wangi and Tingira Heights all opting for Smartflo enclosed guttering system.

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