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How To Prevent Your Drains & Gutters From Clogging This Fall

Gutter guards filled with leaves

Every fall, the leaves change colors and fall off the trees. While this may create beautiful scenery around your home, it can also cause major troubles for your gutters and drains. It’s important to keep your gutters and drains clear from the mounds of leaves that can easily collect.

In this article, we’ll discuss the importance of keeping the leaves and other materials at bay and how you can make sure your drains and gutters stay in good condition.

Why You Need To Keep Your Gutters and Drains Clear

Whether leaves or other debris, it’s vital that you keep clear the gutters and drains around your property. These spaces allow for water to drain away from your property. If they are blocked by leaves, grass, or other materials, water can quickly pool up and lead to mold, bacteria, or foundation damage.

Clogged gutters can also cause major headaches. Soaked leaves can add tons of weight to your gutters, which could lead to a collapse. If the water can finally pass through the leaves, it can pour out too quickly, damaging flower beds and your home’s foundation.

Keeping your gutters and drains clear of debris is essential, and there are many ways to do it.

Keep Up With Leaf Clearing

The leaves don’t stop falling during the fall months, so it’s important to regularly have your gutters cleared. Even for homes that don’t have many trees, the leaves of other trees can easily be blown to your gutters.

It’s always a high risk to climb a ladder to scoop out leaves from a gutter system. There are many different leaf-clearing tools on the market that allow you to clear away leaves and debris from the ground. These are a much better option than climbing a ladder to handle the job.

Even with a leaf clearing extender tool, you will only be able to remove so many of the leaves. It’s important to return every few days to clear out more leaves to keep the total amount fairly low. If you notice water flowing slowly from your downspout after a storm, you may need a professional to perform a thorough cleaning of your gutters.

Install a Leaf Defense System

One of the best tools for keeping your gutters clear is to install a leaf defense system. These systems act as a roof for your gutters, catching the leaves before they fall into the gutter. Rainwater can still pass through these caps, but few leaves can find their way into the gutters.

A leaf defense or gutter topper can be added to nearly any type of gutter system around a home. Professional home services technicians can look over your gutter system and install a gutter topper that suits your needs.

Flush Your Downspouts

One of the biggest problems caused by leaves in the fall is the blockage of downspouts. These tube-shaped parts of a gutter system need to be clear to pour out rainwater as it lands in the gutters. Without a clear path, the water will overflow, damaging flower beds, bushes, and even seeping into the house’s foundation.

Special tools can be used for blasting water through a downspout, clearing the line of any materials or debris. Professionals can safely climb up to your gutters and use these tools to ensure that your downspouts are cleared.

Schedule Drain and Gutter Clearing Services

Clogged drains and gutters can cause a major headache for any homeowner, and clearing them out can be a hassle. With help from Cranney Home Services, you can leave the hard work to the pros.

Our team has provided home services to the North Shore and beyond since 1982. We provide a satisfaction guarantee and a five-star experience on every assignment.

Protect your home from damage this fall by clearing your drains and gutters the right way. Contact Cranney Home Services at (978) 750-6900 to schedule a drain and gutter cleaning service.

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