Leaves may seem like harmless yard debris, but this is not always the case. For instance, leaves that land on your roof can collect moisture and cause damage to your asphalt shingles. In some cases, the wood decking underneath your shingles can start to rot. Leaves can also cause problems with your eavestrough, or gutters. This article examines how to prevent falling leaves from harming your house.
Check your roof for leaves from time to time and remove them. A leaf blower will be sufficient in many cases, although it might be ineffective if the leaves are not dry. If you have any concerns about getting onto the roof, you can also use a leaf rake made specifically to be used for roofs. This is long pole with an attachment for removing the leaves on the end. The tool allows you to remove any leaves on the roof of the typical residential home while remaining safely on the ground. If you find that you need to stand on a ladder to reach certain spots, use a ladder at least 2 feet higher than the roof line.
When your eavestrough becomes filled with leaves, they will clog the gutters and prevent the eavestrough from draining rain water properly. This can damage your gutters and potentially damage the structure of your home. The simplest way to remove leaves from an eavestrough is to clean them out by hand. All you need for this method is a pair of gloves, a trowel and a bucket. Another method is to use a leaf blower. You can also use a wet/dry vacuum or a power washer if you have one available.
The main way to prevent leaves from falling onto the roof is to trim the branches of nearby trees, which might or might not be practical to do yourself. If you decide to do this, you can trim the appropriate branches with a pole pruner. As an alternative, you could have the trees trimmed by a professional.
You have several methods of preventing leaves from getting into your eavestrough. You can cover them with a solid cover or use a mesh cover. Another possibility is to install a foam filter. This is foam product that fits inside your eavestrough and prevents the accumulation of debris, such as fallen leaves.
Keeping your roof and gutters free of leaves is an essential part of home maintenance. If you prefer to have an expert perform this task, contact a local contractor or click here for more information.
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