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How Can Fallen Leaves Increase the Chance of Water Damage?

Man removing leaves from gutter in order to prevent water damage

Getting the leaves out of your gutter can help keep your basement dry in a not so round about way.

One of fall’s greatest aspects can also be its biggest annoyance. Leaves are what gives fall its color, not to mention its name, but they all need to fall somewhere and your home and lawn will undoubtedly be covered at some point this season. Cleaning up all of those leaves goes beyond tidying up, since fallen leaves can increase the chance of water damage.

Clogged Drains and Gutters

This one might seem obvious, but leaves are the leading culprit of clogged drains and gutters. If that water isn’t draining it’s sitting around seeping through the ground and into your basement. Clearing drains and gutters is the first step to keeping them from getting clogged, but in some cases you might want to consider adding wire mesh to a drain opening to keep leaves and debris from getting in.

Less Evaporation, More Groundwater

In the spring and summer you can rely on the sun to help dry up some of that moisture left after a big storm. In the fall, though, unless you’re diligent about raking up those leaves regularly they will block sunlight from reaching your lawn. This doesn’t just kill you grass, it traps groundwater and keeps your lawn saturated for longer. When the next storms rolls in you are more likely to see flooding in your basement since the ground is already saturated.

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Hopefully you have found our blog, “How Can Leaves Increase the Chance of Water Damage?,” informative and helpful. Continue to check back weekly for more helpful tips.

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