Fall has arrived - be prepared for LEAF DANGERS (water & fire)
Fall in Tennessee is a beautiful time of the year, without a doubt. However, all of those falling leaves can create some serious and potentially dangerous issues....including FIRE and WATER!
Let's talk about WATER DAMAGE first:
Clogged gutters are much more than just a nuisance, they can cause serious damage to your home, as well as create health issues!
West Tennessee Restoration CLEANS YOUR GUTTERS, as well as installs GUTTER GUARDS if you want to prevent the problem altogether. Financing is available as well.
Call us at (731) 660-9090 or (901) 395-3466 today.
When your home's gutters are clogged, the draining of rainwater is compromised. This is especially true in Tennessee when we are often hit with heavy rains as well as winter storms and the thaw that follows.
Here's what happens when you have clogged gutters:
1. Your roof will begin to develop leaks.
When the gutters can't serve their purpose, the water has to go somewhere. Yes, some of it will spill over the front, but you should know it is doing damage to the eave of your home, and eventually the water will find its way inside. Obvious signs are water drips from the ceiling, discoloration of the ceiling, or signs of staining along the inside of the exterior walls.
It's only a matter of time before standing water begins to promote mold growth. When mold begins to grow and spread inside your roof, attic, and walls of your home, there are serious concerns of all types...from structural concerns to health issues.
3. Your home's foundation will be compromised.
When the water doesn't drain properly from your home, it is common for the foundation to suffer damage. The foundation is what your entire home is built upon, and when it is compromised, the entire home is affected...not only now, but in the future when you are considering selling your home.
4. Your lawn and landscape suffers.
If you've worked hard and/or invested heavily in your grass, flower beds, and shrubbery...it can all be damaged due to clogged gutters. When the water spills over the sides, previously protected landscaping is now exposed and damaged. Puddling and new washes will also develop in your yard, as the water must and will go somewhere.
5. The lifespan of your roof is shortened significantly.
You hope for your roof to last from between 15 to 30 years. A roof replacement is definitely in your much nearer future if clogged gutters are left untouched. Your roof will be sustaining damage every time it rains.
Because cleaning gutters is a relatively simple, but difficult task, most homeowners make the mistake of putting it off. Don't. Clean gutters are essential for the value and construction of your home, as well as the health of your family inside.
FALLING LEAVES also create a serious FIRE DANGER as well. Keep these FALL FIRE TIPS in mind:
Before you consider any outdoor fires of any kind: leaves, wood, etc., first be sure outdoor fires are legal in your community.
If they are allowed, be cautious about building them so they can be contained. Be sure nothing flammable is within 3 feet of the fire area. Of course, never leave the fire unatt
ended. You'd be surprised how easily sparks can blow to nearby leaves and dry grass and suddenly spread.
Keep a water hose nearby to extinguish any spark-driven flames that may occur.
Afterward, drown the remaining fire/coals, etc. with more water than you would consider and stir the ashes to ensure they are fully saturated. It's also a good plan to hit the area with water again in the morning before moving the ashes anywhere else.
It's also critical to keep your home and/or adjacent building's roofs clear of leaves, fallen limbs, and other debris. This additional precaution could help prevent lightning, fire sparks, fireworks, or power lines from inadvertently starting a roof fire.
If, in the event a fire does occur and your property's structures, home, or business sustains fire damage...be sure to call us at (731) 660-9090 or (901) 395-3466.