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Remove Autumn Leaves to Prevent Water Damage in Your Westfield, IN, Home

December 22nd, 2017 · No Comments

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Autumn is now officially over in Westfield, IN, and old man winter is on his way. Have you removed the fallen leaves from your yard and roof? It’s so tempting to just leave them there and deal with them in the spring when the weather is nicer, but by not removing them you significantly increase the likelihood of water damage.

Leaves Clog Gutters

 It can be very disheartening to homeowners when they find out that something as simple as cleaning their gutters could have saved them from water damage restoration services. The hole in most gutters leading to the downspout is only about 2-3 inches in diameter, so it’s easy to get clogged. The water that overflows when you have a clog then travels down the length of your house and into your foundation, and that’s bad news. Over time, even a trickle can damage your foundation, leading to water damage, mold damage, and even structural damage to the home. Don’t ignore this effective chore every fall when you begin to winterize your home!

Fallen Leaves Prevent Groundwater From Evaporating

When rain or snow falls, the moisture that gathers into your yard is called groundwater. When leaves are on top of that groundwater, it makes it difficult for the water to evaporate underneath them. So, what happens to that water? It starts looking for the path of least resistance, which just could be your home’s foundation. Once water penetrates your foundation, water damage can occur in your basement or around your foundation. So, get out there and get those leaves off your lawn before the snow flies.

Water damage is never pleasant to deal with, but it’s even more unpleasant when the cause could have been prevented with a few hours of work. ServiceMaster DSI deals with all kinds of water damage restoration in Westfield, IN, from slight to severe. While water damage isn’t anything a homeowner wishes for, it’s good to know that if you do have problems, we can be there quickly to help you.  Contact us anytime, day or night at (317) 559-2231.

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