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Fall is here - be prepared for LEAF DANGERS (water & fire)

Fall in Tennessee is undeniably a picturesque season, but it comes with its own set of challenges, notably the proliferation of falling leaves that can lead to two significant and potentially hazardous problems: FIRE and WATER!

Let's address the issue of WATER DAMAGE first:

The accumulation of leaves and debris in your gutters goes beyond being a mere inconvenience; it can pose serious threats to your home and even jeopardize your health!

At West Tennessee Restoration, we offer gutter cleaning services and the option to install GUTTER GUARDS to proactively prevent these problems. We also provide financing options for your convenience. Don't hesitate to reach out to us at (731) 660-9090 or (901) 395-3466 today.

When your home's gutters become clogged, it compromises the proper drainage of rainwater. This is especially problematic in Tennessee, where heavy rains, winter storms, and subsequent thawing are common. Here's what happens when your gutters are blocked:

  1. Roof Leaks: When gutters can't function as intended, excess water finds its way to your roof, causing damage to the eaves. Over time, this water intrusion can lead to visible signs such as ceiling drips, ceiling discoloration, or staining along the inside of exterior walls.

  2. Mold Growth: Standing water resulting from clogged gutters promotes mold growth. Mold can spread inside your roof, attic, and walls, posing structural and health concerns.

  3. Foundation Damage: Improper water drainage can lead to foundation damage. The foundation is the bedrock of your home, and compromising it affects your entire property, both now and in the future when you consider selling.

  4. Landscape Damage: Your carefully nurtured lawn, flower beds, and shrubbery can be harmed when excess water spills over the sides of clogged gutters. Puddles and erosion may also damage your yard as water seeks a new path.

  5. Roof Lifespan Shortened: A typical roof lasts between 15 to 30 years, but clogged gutters can significantly reduce its lifespan. Each rain event can inflict damage on your roof, necessitating a costly replacement sooner than expected.

While cleaning gutters may seem like a straightforward but arduous task, many homeowners procrastinate. However, neglecting this chore can have dire consequences. Clean gutters are essential not only for your home's structural integrity but also for the well-being of your family.

Now, let's address the FIRE HAZARD posed by falling leaves:

Keep these FALL FIRE SAFETY TIPS in mind:

  1. Check Local Regulations: Before considering any outdoor fires, whether for leaves, wood, or other materials, ensure that such fires are permitted in your community.

  2. Safe Containment: If permitted, create a fire area that can be safely contained. Keep flammable materials at least 3 feet away from the fire. Never leave a fire unattended, as sparks can easily ignite nearby leaves and dry grass.

  3. Have a Water Source: Keep a water hose nearby to quickly extinguish any sparks or flames that may escape the fire.

  4. Proper Extinguishing: Afterward, thoroughly douse the remaining fire or coals with more water than you think necessary. Stir the ashes to ensure complete saturation. Consider wetting the area again the following morning before moving the ashes.

  5. Roof Maintenance: Clear leaves, fallen branches, and debris from your home's roofs and adjacent buildings. This precaution helps prevent fires sparked by lightning, fireworks, or power lines from spreading.

In the unfortunate event of a fire damaging your property or structures, be sure to contact us at (731) 660-9090 or (901) 395-3466 for prompt assistance.

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