Faling Rain  Soaked and steeped like a lady finger dipped in coffee, the landscape is saturated, and the local creeks, streams, and retention ponds are again on the brink of overrunning their banks.  The bit of sun and wind that graced our area yesterday was helpful, but it simply wasn’t enough.  Monday night’s storms pushed our rainwater systems to and over the precipice, overwhelming them in a short amount of time, and for those of us with clogged and cluttered gutters, the water became even more of a menace, pouring over the sides and threatening our homes.

Gutter  Downspout  Gutters are an essential part of our own water mitigation systems.  They collect rain running off the roof and channel it to downspouts that allow the water to run away from the foundation, windows, doors, siding, etc..  If they are blocked, they are effectively rendered useless, allowing water to pool in areas close to the house, threatening seepage and flooding.

Clogged Gutter  Ideally, gutters should be cleaned and cleared twice a year as leaves, acorns, catkins, twigs, and miscellaneous debris accumulate and prevent the flow of water.  Gutters, particularly those without guards, should be checked frequently, particularly if heavy rains are predicted.  Even if the gutters were just checked a few weeks ago, this does not mean they are free of debris, especially if surrounded by trees.  Trees create an inordinate amount of waste, and what you see on your lawn is what you’ll see in your gutters.  All it takes are a few leaves or twigs to clog the system, and all hell breaks loose.

Reach out to Sweeney’s today to schedule your gutter cleaning. More rain is heading our way, and we want you to be ready.

“Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.”

– John Updike

Best and dry wishes,

Kim Sweeney

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