Your gutters are one of the most important components of the exterior of your home. It is for that reason that we all spend a few hours every spring cleaning them out to prevent serious mishaps from occurring to the siding, roof or even foundation of our home. Before you head out to clean your gutters, keep these simple, yet life saving tips in mind.
- Use a sturdy ladder – Avoid using just any old ladder when you are cleaning your gutters. In a perfect world you will have someone spotting the bottom of the ladder for you. If that is not possible, at the very least, make sure it has solid footing and that the ladder can hoist you up to the gutter’s level without forcing you to lean or reach very much.
- Protect your hands – A good pair of gloves can save you from illness as well as injury to your hands. When you are cleaning your gutters, you are cleaning debris that has landed there throughout the year. This could include obvious items, such as leaves and twigs, but also other things, such as animal droppings, metal shards and other harmful materials.
- Protect your eyes – Just as you need to protect your hands, you should also protect your eyes. When you are raking, washing or moving debris from the gutters, debris can easily fly out from the gutter, putting your eyes at risk.
You should always avoid walking on your roof when you are cleaning your gutters, no matter how much debris is in them. If you are unable to get to the debris easily, from the height of your ladder, it is best to call a professional to help you. While the gutters are the most important feature on the exterior of your home, they could also pose a great danger when you are cleaning them. Use common sense and always work in pairs when unclogging your gutters this spring in order to ensure the safety of not only your home, but also yourself as you complete this necessary spring task.