Tuesday's storm brought a lot of rain to our area and on the roads, leaves clogged storm drains led to flooding conditions.
On the home front, the falling leaves may have also clogged some gutters and led to more flooding conditions. Channel 3 learned what homeowners need to know to avoid water backups.
On Wednesday, there were a lot of leaves still on the trees. While it's not necessarily gutter cleaning season yet, what the state saw on Tuesday night may have sped the season up.
The folks at Fish Window Cleaning were so busy on Wednesday, the owner Kevin O’Rourke, went out to check gutters in Wallingford.
On Tuesday, some parts of Connecticut recorded the most rain in a 24-hour-period since Superstorm Irene and on Wednesday, homeowners needed help.
“The biggest concern is water back up into the house,” O'Rourke said.
O'Rourke said homeowners should be cleaning their gutters every year.
“The leaves will fall off the tree and they will end up blocking the downspout,” O'Rourke said. “The downspout is like an inch and a half to two inches in diameter so it only takes a couple of leaves to block that up.”
O'Rourke said it only takes a few leaves to do damage when faced with the amount of rain the state saw on Tuesday.
“Two or three inches of rain, it comes down hard off the roof and it starts overflowing or back into your house,” O'Rourke said.
Channel 3 took a close look at some gutters and noticed many were clogged with leaves. Once they're removed, water flows right out. At another home, O'Rourke noticed a similar blockage.
“The leaves are all around here and they're going to be coming down anytime now,” O'Rourke said. “This house will need to be done again.”
Typically, gutters should be cleaned in November and December. That's when things really ramp up. While people can clean their gutters now, they will likely have to clean them again before the end of the year.
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