How to Clean Gutters Safely and Efficiently

How to Clean Gutters Safely and Efficiently

Gutters are one of those things in life that no one really notices until they stop working. A clogged gutter will overflow and can cause extensive property damage if the water floods your basement. Regularly cleaning the gutters will save you the hassle and the expense of hiring a cleanup crew after your gutters flood.

There are several tips you can follow to make cleaning your gutters easy and pleasant. We will break the tips down in terms of safety and efficiency.

Safety Tips

Avoid these common mistakes people make when cleaning their gutters, which can cause serious injury.

Not Using the Proper Equipment

To get the job done, you might be tempted to make do with what you have. Placing your step ladder in a precarious position, where it is unstable and likely to slip, or using a ladder for a job that requires a harness is not likely to end well for you.

Make sure you have the proper equipment for the job. In many cases, it’s best to hire professionals who have experience and the right tools for the job.

Always Have a Spotter

If you do decide to take gutter cleaning into your own hands, always have a spotter holding the ladder steady, no matter how stable the ground. Step ladders can fold or slip. A spotter will keep you safe.

Don’t Try to Reach Too Far

If you have a spotter, it will also make it easier for you to move your ladder where you need it to be. Trying to reach too far from the same spot can be dangerous; your foot could slip, or the ladder could fall out from under you.

Inspect Your Ladder

Always inspect your ladder for cracks, loose pedals, missing screws, or any damage that will likely end up hurting you.

Wear the Right Footwear

Make sure your shoes are non-slip, flat, and comfortable with a rubber sole. Don’t wear slippers or slip-on shoes that could slip off your feet and make you lose your balance.

Effective and Efficient Cleaning

While being safe, you also want to work fast and smart. Follow these three simple tips to make gutter cleaning go smoothly.

Don’t Use a Leaf Blower or Shop Vac

At first glance, using a leaf blower or shop vac might seem like a good idea. It gets the job done quickly, after all. But it will end up being a lot of extra work for you. These tools will blow the leaves and debris out of the gutter but all over the roof, windows, and surrounding area. This means it will take a lot longer for you to clean up, something that can be avoided by using the right tools in the first place.

Don’t Carry Your Muck Bucket

Carrying the bucket is a two-hand job. Balancing on a ladder is hard enough without having to carry a bucket in one hand. Either place the bucket on the roof next to you or tie it within reach on the ladder.

Don’t Forget Your Safety Gear

Use gloves, goggles, and sensible footwear. Goggles will protect your eyes from any dust, debris, or slop. Gloves ensure that you don’t cut or scratch your hand on any sharp object in the debris or the edges of the downspout. Something like that will not only be painful, but it could also require a tetanus shot. Besides, no one wants to put their bare hands into all that muck anyway!

Regular Inspections

It’s important to regularly clean out your gutters, especially in the rainy season. Investing in gutter covers can be a smart choice for anyone who would rather spend their weekends doing something they enjoy. Regardless of having gutter guards or not, be sure to regularly inspect and clean out your gutters. If you’d rather not take on the job yourself, contact us to get it done without any hassle!