201 Health - - Disaster Preparation -

Flood­ing of­ten is caused by some­thing as sim­ple as poorly main­tained gut­ters. At least twice a year, home­own­ers should clean their gut­ters, says Jeff Durocher, owner of Durocher Roof­ing in Lit­tle Falls.

“You want to do it in the spring when the seedlings are com­ing off,” he says, “and again in the fall af­ter the trees drop their leaves.”

Roofs should be main­tained ev­ery one to three years to look for dam­age that can lead to flood­ing or other prob­lems.

“You can see prob­lems where the chim­ney at­taches to the roof, in the roof slope, the flash­ing can come loose,” Durocher says. “Flat roofs need to be main­tained more fre­quently be­cause they hold more wa­ter.”

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