Just how many leaves are falling from Kansas City trees? Get the rake ready.

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If you are like most home owners in KC raking leaves and cleaning them out of your gutters is not on your top 10 list of fun activities. According to JW Teafords, a wetland scientist, a large oak tree has about 1.25-2 million leaves. Living Tree Educational Foundation estimates about 250,000 leaves on a single mature oak tree with 90,000 acorns produced on a good year. So get the yard bags, rakes, and leaf blowers ready; and let us take care of one of the more dangerous chores for you- your gutters. The guttering system is one of most important systems on a home.

A properly functioning gutter system is designed to combat water damage to your house. Gutters collect the rain from the roof and direct it away from your house. Remarkably, a typical 2,000 square foot roof produces 1,250 gallons of water with only one inch of rainfall! Without gutters and downspouts working correctly by directing water away from the house, big problems can and will arise. To begin with, roof water running down the side of the house or splashing up from the ground causes damage to landscaping and the home’s exterior, resulting in wood rot, water stains, cracking mortar, and more frequent painting. However, the most costly problem is water collection around the house’s foundation.

Water damage to the foundation causes high humidity, surface condensation, mold, mildew, and musty odors which are damaging to your health. A foundation damaged by water can result in deterioration of floor joists, beams, and subflooring. Additionally, pools of water near the foundation will erode the soil. This weakens the load bearing capacity of the foundation wall and increases the chances of wall settlement and cracking. Regular cleaning is vital to prevent overflowing gutters. If debris is on the ground it’s also in the gutters. Cleaning may be necessary even two or three times a week when the trees are dropping seeds and leaves in the spring and fall.

We can help you say goodbye to this dangerous chore of cleaning your gutters. is an affordable gutter protection system, proven and guaranteed to end gutter cleaning. It is an attractive solution that is virtually invisible and provides a trimmed appearance between the roof and the gutter. work on any style roof including composition, wood shake, slate, concrete tile, stone coated steel and metal.

 

Thank you to our sources:

http://wetlandnotes.com/estimating-the-number-of-leaves-on-a-tree

http://www.livingtreeeducationalfoundation.org/