Taken from gnom.es national news service. Italics added
CHICAGO, Aug. 24, 2012 /NEWS.GNOM.ES/ — Everyone knows that allowing the leaves to pile up in your gutters can cause a gush of filthy water to flood ominously down the side of your home leaving behind an unsightly residue on your windows and siding that is not easily removed. Is this really the worst that this liquid force of destruction can wreak on your home? No. We can all agree that last winter was cruel and caused horrific damage to homes, but I was shocked to discover why. I embarked on a preventative journey, did my research and discovered that tens of millions of dollars in damage was caused by icy water backing up under roof shingles from clogged gutters, and from pooled water overflowing and seeping into basements.
Fact: Millions in damage to Chicago homes could have easily been prevented by taking one small step to protect our investments and beautify our homes.
What is the regimen that everyone should practice to prevent thousands of dollars in damage to your home? Clean out your gutters.
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