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7 Ways Falling Leaves Can Affect Your Home

Autumn in New England is not complete without the changing leaves. As the leaves change and eventually fall, you may want to strategize the best way to clean them up. Leaving fallen leaves in your yard can cause some major damage to your home. It’s a good idea to deal with the leaves before they cause bigger problems! Here are 7 ways falling leaves can affect your home.

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Clogged Gutters

Falling leaves can clog your gutter. Unless you clean your gutters or use gutter guards, wet leaves can get stuck and prohibit water flow. In turn, the excess water can damage your home’s roof, walls, and foundation. You may even find it causing mold growth and flooding. As the temperature drops, clogged gutters can result in ice dams!

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Slick Walkways

Wet leaves are slicker than you may expect, especially when they freeze over! Make sure that your walkways are clear of leaves to help prevent slip and fall accidents from occurring. Use a leaf blower or a rake to move these leaves onto your grass where you can deal with them more easily.

Roof Damage

Letting leaves sit on the roof for too long can cause the shingles on your roof to decay. Eventually, the moisture can seep into the house! If you have a metal roof, wet leaves can corrode the roof over time. Call a professional to come to help rake the leaves off your roof safely and without damaging your home.

Damage to Your Lawn

When leaves sit on your lawn for a long time, it can prevent the grass underneath from getting enough sunlight. This can result in yellowing grass or even dead grass. Make sure to rake or chop up the leaves with your lawnmower to help the grass get enough sunlight. 

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Spreading Diseases Through Your Landscaping

When leaves are left for too long, mold and other diseases can start spreading diseases throughout your landscaping. If you see any leaves that show signs of disease, make sure to separate them from your other leaves, and do not add them to your compost. Instead, put them in a separate bag and place them in the garbage.

Additionally, snow mold is another potential threat stemming from falling leaves. If there’s a layer of leaves underneath the snow, the grass cannot get enough sunlight and it could encourage snow mold. Make sure to address any fallen leaves before the winter comes around.

Staining the Driveway

Similar to how leaves can damage the lawn, leaves can also do damage to your driveaway. If left there for too long, it can leave a stain behind. Keep your driveway clear of leaves to help prevent this from happening.

How to Discard Leaves

The first option to removing falleing leaves from your yard is by raking them and participating in your municipal leaf drop. This is typically a site where residents are able to leave their leaves. Another option could be to shred your leaves to be used in compost or mulch. In some situations, it may be better to call a professional for help. In situations where it could be dangerous, like removing leaves from your roof, having professional help will help keep you safe.

If you have additional questions or concerns about your home or homeowners’ insurance, chat with an Encharter agent! We are here to help you prepare when unexpected things happen. 

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