Who doesn’t enjoy the warm scenery of the summer? The tall trees create shades, the beautiful flowers with their alluring scent, and the sound of friendly animals and insects. While we enjoy these moments, we seldom notice the withering of flowers and falling of the leaves from the trees in the short run. This is why it is important to be enlightened on the adverse implication of our ignorance, which is the falling of leaves and clogging of gutters.
How can falling leaves block gutters?
Nature always takes its course. In this case, it is the slow process of the leaves changing colors till they gradually fall from several trees. Some people who care about their environment rake them up, while some leave it for the wind to blow it away into unknown areas. Just like the flow of water, leaves cannot stay stagnant. The implication is that it is uncatered for and goes somewhere unplanned, which can cause various environmental problems.
In some countries, some homes are structurally built to have gutters, while others cannot create such luxury. This makes it a problem for those who have gutters. In times of climate change, storms, hurricanes, wind, or even mild rainfall can cause the leaves to move to unsanitary areas. These unsanitary areas include gutters, roads, and so on.
What are the outcomes of clogged gutters?
When gutters are filled with leaves, rainwater will not be able to pass through, which has defeated the sole reason for having a gutter in the first place. During a heavy or long-lasting rainstorm, gutters begin to overflow. Overflowing gutters might not seem like an issue but they can lead to fatal problems if not taken care of as soon as possible. Some of these problems are:
- Water flow into homes: This happens when the soil around your house absorbs heavy rainstorms, and from the soil, the water seeps into the walls of your home. In some extreme cases, this can inadvertently lead to floods.
- Damages to home furniture: When water seeps into the home, the most fragile items are the first victims. These items could be furniture because they are usually made out of wood. Water can weaken woodwork and cause it to rot.
- Invitation of insects, molds, and termites: Once rotten wood is in a house, it is only natural for termites to invade such wooden items. Water can carry a lot of things, insects included. This means the clogging of gutters by leaves allows heavy rain to flow into the house, bringing all sorts of insects and molds.
What to do to clear and prevent clogged gutters?
Removing trapped leaves in gutters is relatively easy by using your hands. In other cases, people use hoses to flush them out and unclog the build-up dirt in the gutters. The best prevention method to stop the clogging of gutters is to clean them regularly and take care of your environment.
Prevention of falling leaves into gutters allows good and safe environmental conditions. Although we should not chop down trees for this sole reason; instead nurture and take care of them. Together, we can make the world green again.
At Reynolds Gutter, we unclog your gutters and take care of fallen leaves in your environment. Reach out to us here to learn more about our services.