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Arbor Day is approaching fast and a lot of participating homeowners will begin planting a tree in commemoration of the holiday. Everybody loves trees. They offer great backyard shade, fresh air and some of them can even beautify an otherwise characterless facade. However, improper placement of trees can bring with it its own set of challenges.

Let our experts on gutter guards at Chattahoochee Gutter Co., Inc. show you how to properly and safely carry out your tree-planting plans for your home.

Tree Roots and Foundations

As a tree grows, its roots will bury themselves deeper underground. Depending on the tree, this process can be gradual, but despite this glacial rate, never underestimate just how strong the forces these roots can exert. If the roots happen to reach your home’s foundations, you could be looking at cracking, uneven surfaces and even soil displacement problems. While the roots themselves do not necessarily damage the foundation, they can be strong enough to move your house up by a few inches per year.

Plumbing Problems

Underground pipes are perhaps the most at risk fixtures against tree-related problems. These pipes are not as sturdy as your foundations are and will bend and break against the immense force the roots can exert. Talk to your plumber to make sure that none of the pipes that serve your home are within 10 feet of a growing tree.

Roof-Related Troubles

Tree-related physical damage can be addressed by regularly trimming overgrown branches that could come in contact with your roof and gutters. However, there’s a bigger problem that many homeowners seem to overlook: clogging. Dead leaves and other debris are notorious for finding their way into your gutters, obstructing the flow of water and causing a whole slew of new problems.

Protect your gutters against these common problems with Gutter Helmet®, one of the most effective gutter guards available today. Gutter Helmet keeps your troughs and downspouts free from debris and saves you the trouble of having to periodically clean your gutters.

At Chattahoochee Gutter Co., Inc., we are your number one local provider of Gutter Helmet, and all related gutter protection products. Give us a call at (866) 882-5641 or fill out our online contact form to request a free estimate and schedule a visit today. We serve homeowners in Salem, Alabama, and all areas nearby.