The importance of clean gutters cannot be stressed enough. However, unless you go about gutter cleaning the right way, you might do more harm than good.
In this post, replacement gutters and protection system specialist, Gutter Helmet® of Eastern NY, shares common things that homeowners get wrong when cleaning their gutters.
Not Following Ladder Safety Guidelines
The warnings printed on ladders are there for good reason. It is important to heed those reminders to ensure safety and avoid ladder-related accidents. Ideally, you should work with someone else who can hold the ladder and secure the base. It’s also important to remember that the ladder should lean against the siding, NOT the gutter, because the gutter can be slippery.
Another big ladder no-no is overreaching. Climbing up and down the ladder to move it may be a hassle, but you have to do it for your safety.
Wearing Inappropriate Gutter Cleaning Attire
Some mistakenly think that cleaning gutters is a simple task that can be done while wearing everyday clothing and footwear. Wearing open-toe shoes or shoes that don’t have rubber soles increases your risk of slipping on the ladder. You should also wear appropriate eye protection and gloves.
Not Completely Removing Debris
Failing to remove all the debris from the gutters is another rookie mistake. Eventually, this debris will accumulate and cause a clog.
Cleaning Gutters Unnecessarily
As a leading provider of gutter protection systems and heated gutters in the area, Gutter Helmet of Eastern NY can help ease the burden of cleaning your gutters every fall. Call us today at (866) 252-9400 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation so we can talk about your gutter protection options.