Dead branches and limbs have the potential to fall and cause harm to people as well as can cause significant damage to property (sheds, eavestroughs, vehicles, etc). It is important to remove dead or bare limbs as the diseased branches can also affect the health of the tree.

Branches typically should be at least 4 feet away from your house's eavestroughs.

When an eavestrough is clogged with leaves or pine needles, water can build up and seep between shingles and the roof structure which can rot or cause water damage to your home.

In the winter stagnant water will freeze, not only causing a significant weight on the trough itself but can also lift shingles out of place.