When Autumn Leaves Fall
)While it may be apropos to tackle what the Trump presidency means for housing, given this week's election, I've left the conjecture to the experts in stories below (please see News & Trends).
Today, I want to share some easy ways in which you can protect your home from mother nature...
Behold the Fall Folliage with its shocking array of yellow, orange and red on the trees. And the eventual dropping of leaves to the ground.
This is when beauty turns into danger for each home. But it is so simple to prevent water damage and other problems resulting from the fall season.
First and easiest: sweeping and raking leaves helps control where the leaves are when rain and/ or snow falls. Unattended, leaves will clog drains and prevent appropriate drainage of water. This often results in water entering homes at basement doors and window sills. And it can expand into mold problems with drywall, wood and carpet. Repairs can cost thousands of dollars. Prevention is a $10 broom or rake and a little elbow grease.
Also, an annual check of rain gutters helps prevent leaf build-up in the gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters and downspouts can result in water entry from the roof and walls ...and thousands of dollars in repair and mold remediation.
And all those leaves can be used as mulch to help your garden grow in the spring!
It is like I often say: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
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