Getting to the Basics: Remodeling Projects

Fall Leaves: Hard On Your Home

by Jill Jenkins

When the leaves fall, they do more than create mounds on your lawn. They can cause problems that can drive a homeowner wild. Your plumbing, your roof, and even your health can be compromised by trees doing what they naturally do: shed leaves. This fall, you can prevent some serious damage by cleaning leaves out of these vulnerable places.

Plumbing Vents

The vents on top of your roof directly affect your plumbing. In fact, if they are filled with leaves, the ventilation that your pipes need to work properly will be compromised. The necessary air will not reach them, causing the water to run slowly and possibly clog up your sinks and toilets. These leaves could also cause water to pool on your roof and cause a leak. To be safe, you, a plumbing expert, or a roof specialist should clean out the leaves, twigs, and other detritus each fall. This job will only take a few minutes but can save you a lot of time and trouble down the line.


Fall leaves and your rain gutters do not mix. The leaves can easily clog them, causing water to cascade over the edge, potentially rotting your fascia. The water can also collect by your foundation, possibly causing deterioration or even a basement leak. If water cannot properly drain from your roof during winter, it may pool and then freeze. As a result, ice can get under your shingles, eventually causing your roof to leak. You may be forced to replace your roof prematurely due to this problem.


Leaves in the yard are more than an aesthetic or a lawn care issue. Piles of moldy leaves can cause problems for people with respiratory illnesses or a specific mold allergy. Mold is a fungus that can lurk in numerous places, including your bathroom and basement. Outdoor mold is also an issue for many. If you or a family member is allergic to mold, leaving big piles of dead and often damp leaves on your lawn can cause illness. You should either bag or mulch your leaves to avoid possible physical harm. Otherwise, you may be trapped indoors for much of the fall if you want to breathe easily.

Surprisingly, fall leaves can cause many problems for you and your home. They may be beautiful to view, but they can wreak havoc on your plumbing and your roof. Your health can also be compromised. Although you may be tempted to let dead leaves lie, you need to get rid of them. They make look harmless, but they are anything but. Contact a company like Ray's Harford Home Improvement Contractors Inc for more assistance.