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5 Ways Leaves can Affect Your Home

5 Ways Leaves can Affect Your Home

When they’re on the tree, leaves are often thought of as little more than decorations and sources of shade, but once they land on your property in autumn, they’re more likely to be considered an inconvenience that needs to be cleaned up as quickly as possible.

What many homeowners don’t realize, however, is that leaves can cause damage to their homes – and here are five ways it can happen.

1. Clogged Gutters

It's that time of year again; leaves are everywhere, and finding a way to keep your gutters free and clear can be difficult. You may start to see damage to your home because water will back up in the drain and eventually begin seeping into the walls and structure of the building. It is important to stay on top of this problem before it becomes too big to handle!

2. Roof Damage

When leaves land on your roof, their weight will wear down the shingles, compromise gutters, and lead to leakage that can ruin your ceilings or even seep through into your living space. When you see too many leaves on your roof, it may be time for quick cleaning. 

3. Slippery Walkways

Leaves may seem harmless enough, but they can become slippery after sitting on your sidewalk or driveway for a while. The extra traction created by wet leaves can cause someone to slip, resulting in injury or damage. Although it sounds like something you'd have to deal with during the wintertime when there is ice on the ground instead of leaves, it's still an issue you must watch out for.

4. Trailing Inside

It isn't just outside your house that leaves are a problem! Inside your home, they can pose dangers by collecting under rugs and carpets and decaying, creating toxic fumes. They also attract spiders and other bugs, which may be problematic if you have small children or pets in your home.

5. Lawn Damage

Leaves falling onto a lawn can prevent grass from being able to photosynthesize, and if they do not get removed soon enough, they will rot, releasing an odor as well as possibly attracting bugs. They also shade the grass, which reduces the amount of sunlight that can reach the ground; this, in turn, stunts new growth and causes brown patches to form. The best way to remove them is by using a rake or broom and then disposing of them in a compost pile.

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