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Trees and Clogged Gutters

Trees and clogged gutters are typically a pair. There are many reasons why.

Trees are an essential source of oxygen in our environment; they can filter the CO2 emitted by vehicles. And they provide habitats and food for a vast number of animals. Trees are beautiful components of the natural landscape of any property, adding harmony and peace. However, you need to be thoughtful when planning placement and type of tree.

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How to Manage Trees and Clogged Gutters

The type of tree and its location determine different aspects that should be considered by homeowners. For example, the distribution of shade, how the tree will function in your yard and, the frequency of maintenance. To make your lives easier, we gathered useful tips to help prevent clogged gutters. Here’s a look:

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Careful Planning

Before planting trees, you need to be thoughtful about some aspects that may interfere with your roof, utility lines, or foundations.

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Also, large trees can potentially damage your property during heavy rain or high winds since the large branches or the tree itself can collapse over your house. Look to a professional to plant trees that best suit your property. We highly recommend JoJacs Landscape and Mowing in the Wichita and surrounding areas.

Tree Maintenance

Non-maintained, leafy trees and rain gutters don’t mix. Specifically, the reason is that when leaves and twigs land in rain gutters, they can clog and damage your gutters, especially during the rainy season. For this reason, you need to have trees maintained and trimmed so that they do not touch your home, gutters, windows, etc. If your trees are close to power lines, we recommend you look for the help of tree service or the electric company, and they will trim them for you.

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Regular Rain Gutter Maintenance and Gutter Guards Installation

As part of your yard maintenance, rain gutter system maintenance is just as important. Regular gutter cleaning will prevent costly damage to your foundation and prevent water intrusion into your basement.

Additionally, in many situations, gutter guards are a great option to keep your rain gutters free from most debris. Although they may still need occasional blowing, this is minor compared to cleaning gutters, which are full of weedy growth, insects, and sludge.

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Trees and Clogged Gutters

Finally, our recommendation is to have your rain gutters cleaned at least once each year, but if there are trees around your house, more frequent cleaning is necessary.

5 Ways To Prevent Rainwater Damage To Your Home

When a gutter overflows, it’s bad. Gutters are designed to channel storm water runoff from your roof, into your downspouts. But when there is a problem, the water will spill over the sides of your gutters. Read on to learn how you can prevent rainwater damage to your home.

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Water seepage

A few of the consequences to gutter overflow are:

  • a cracked foundation
  • basement flooding
  • fascia board rot
  • stained or discolored siding
  • landscape erosion

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Now, for the details about how to prevent rainwater damage…

#1  Clean Out Your Gutters and Downspouts

At least twice each year, you need to climb up a ladder (or hire a professional) and remove the sludge, pine needles, twigs, and leaves. Furthermore, using a garden hose, run water through the gutters and downspouts. If there is a blockage, you may have to use a high-pressure sprayer to break up.

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#2  Install Gutter Guards

 It’s important to cover your gutters with a product designed to keep solids out of the gutters. They are made from a variety of materials and different designs. While economical, many of the alternatives found at the big box stores become plugged with debris due to the larger openings. And unless professionally installed gutter guards, they typically blow off the gutters during our Kansas high winds (like today, December 13th, 2018, for example). Please check out our professionally designed and installed gutter guards. The cost of permanent and superior product costs less than you may think.

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#3  Check the Tilt and Pitch of Your Gutters

 Check the slope of your gutters. If it’s flat, water will stand in the gutters and will not flow toward the downspouts. And if the slope is too steep, the water will splash over at the ends during heavy rain. Also, check the pitch of your gutters by using a level to make sure they aren’t tilting backward or forward.

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# 4  Check Your Gutter Sizes

In homes which have steep-pitched roofs, sometimes the existing gutters are just too small to handle the volume of runoff that flows from the roof. Therfore, you may need to install larger gutters. Call us to learn more about our seamless guttering services.


#5  Install Splash Blocks

Runoff water in roof valleys is typically traveling too fast to drain into gutters and will splash over and onto the ground. A splash block attaches at the corner of a gutter system, at the roof valley. This diverts water into the gutters. To install, drill holes into the splash guards and gutter, then install rivets inside the holes, to permanently fasten the splash guard to your gutters.

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