Why It’s Important to Remove the Leaves from Your Gutters and Window Wells Frequently

Why It’s Important to Remove the Leaves from Your Gutters and Window Wells FrequentlyAutumn is a beautiful time of the year.  Daytime temperatures become much more comfortable, and the changing colors of the leaves are something almost everyone enjoys.  Unfortunately, after a while those leaves fall from the trees.  It’s a pain, but you can use a rake or leaf blower to get rid of the leaves that fall into your yard.

But what about the leaves that fall or blow into your gutters and get trapped there?  And what about the leaves that end up in your basement window wells? 

Don’t ignore them – it’s important to remove them as soon as you can.  Here’s why.

Your Roof Gutters Help Protect Your Basement

You already know that your gutters collect the water that streams down your roof.  From there, they direct it into downspouts, which send the water off into your yard or down your driveway.  Their overall purpose is to prevent rainwater and snowmelt from accumulating around the base of your home’s foundation.  That, in turn, helps to prevent basement water seepage.  Unfortunately, your gutters can’t do their job when they’re clogged with leaves.  Clean out your gutters frequently, especially during the autumn leaf drop.  They play an important role in keeping your basement dry.

Remove the Leaves from Your Basement Window Wells Too

Falling leaves and other debris can also accumulate in your basement window wells.  These wells are another part of your home’s defense against basement water seepage.  They’re intended to drain when it rains, but if they’re full of leaves they’ll fill up with water instead.  That water can then seep into your basement through gaps or cracks in the window frame.  Like your roof gutters, clean out your basement window wells frequently.

But Don’t Rely on Your Gutters and Window Wells as Your Basement’s Sole Defense

Your roof gutters and basement window wells definitely help to protect your basement from water, but they’re not its sole or even best defense.  In other words, don’t place too much faith in them, even if you scrupulously keep them free of leaves and other debris.

So, if water is seeping into your basement, clean out your gutters and window wells.  You should also check where your downspouts are discharging the water coming from your roof – they might be directing it toward a vulnerable area of your foundation.  But don’t overlook getting help from an expert flood control and seepage company.  Our specialists can tell you whether you have foundation cracks that should be sealed or if your basement needs foundation waterproofing or a drain tile system.

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