Potential dangers of wet leaves

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Autumn means falling leaves, and there are some inconveniences that come with that falling fall foliage. 

It might sound silly — leaves causing issues. But this time of year, locals to the Pioneer Valley have to bring out their rakes and clean their gutters. And when you get a stretch of wet weather like we saw Saturday, it just makes everything that much harder to deal with. 

“Well with leaves everywhere I wait until they all fall. I clean the leaves once,” said Ace Agostinho of Ludlow. “I get up on the roof with my blower and I walk around the roof with the gutters and clean them off. Takes me about 5 minutes.”

Leaving clogged gutters can also attract pests such as birds, damage the gutter itself, and can cause overflowing water that can pool along your home’s foundation, which can freeze when it’s cold and create cracks.

But apart from clogging gutters becoming a nuisance, when it comes time to rake or leaf blow, our cars can also slip on wet leaves on roads.

Water sits on top of leaves’ wax-like coating, creating a sort-of film that acts similar to the loss of friction you experience when you driver over ice. So wet leaves can be just as dangerous. 

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