Keeping those gutters clean is a pretty important part of keeping your home maintained.
That’s why it is very important to keep your gutters clean and clean them at least twice a year. Once in the spring and once in the fall. Since Spring has officially arrived it’s important to get them cleaned before all the “spring showers” are here. Spring Gutter Cleaning, if you are a DIY kind of person then you’ll probably be cleaning out your gutters yourself this Spring so there are a few things that you need to know before you prop that ladder up.
1. The first and most important part of cleaning your gutters is ladder safety. Many accidental injuries and deaths happen from ladder accidents. You need to find a flat spot to place the ladder, make sure it is not muddy because that can cause the ladder to become unbalanced. Also make sure that your shoes are dry. Wet shoes can cause you to slip and fall. Keep both feet on the ladder at all times and never climb to on the top 2 steps. Placement of the ladder is very important as well. If you place the ladder on your gutters that can cause ladder marks or worse partially collapse them. For more tips of ladder safety please check out another blog post from a few months back on ladder safety.
2. Plan to make one trip. Before you climb up the ladder it might be best to plan and gather all the materials that you need to clean your gutters and place them in a bucket. That way you can place them by your ladder for easier access and that makes it go a bit faster since you’re not taking time to find what you need.
3. Start at the downspout. That way you are going to stop a clog from forming in your downspouts leading to an even bigger problem. This is important because as you clean debris is going to be down the downspouts and if there is already a huge clog then this can make a lot of trouble for you.
A few other tips is to check to the condition of your gutters while you’re up there.
Are they leaking or rusting quite a bit? Invest in a new system or to get them repaired. Also look at those shingles. Are you missing any or do they look worn out? That is another important part to keep maintenance on.
If you have a lot of trees around your home that cause you to clean your gutters more than twice a year it might be in your better interest to install gutter guards. You can see many of the benefits of gutter guards or if you need them in our previous blog post. Also remember, if you are not confident in your abilities, please call a professional. The last thing you want to do is end up in the hospital because you went all Humpty Dumpty for the neighborhood kids.
For a free estimate on investing in gutter guards or just for gutter cleaning or repairs , call us today! Gutters & Guards experienced team will take the guess-work out of the process, and ensure that your home is protected.
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