ROOF AND GUTTERS
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.”