Keep Your Gutters Flowing Freely
Some things happen like clockwork, such as how when fall rolls around, leaves start clogging your gutters. Clearing debris from gutters prevents water buildup in them and on your roof and helps prevent possible damage. Learn some of the best ways to clean gutters and avoid accidents while doing so.
Climb the Right Ladder
You can’t clean gutters without being high enough to reach them. The proper ladder for the job is the one that reaches up so you’re standing below the top two rungs. Set it up so that when you’re standing with your feet at the base of the ladder and reach out to grab the ladder, that your arms are at a right angle with your legs. You can also get add-on pieces, including wall stand-offs, to keep the ladder off windows so you don’t break the glass. Capping the ends with rubber not only prevents the metal feet from gouging into your exterior wall but also increases friction so the ladder is less likely to slide.
Equip Yourself Properly
The standard piece of apparatus that you’re going to use is a long scoop that’s shaped to fit the interior of most gutters. Run it along and toss the leaves down to the ground. Don’t bring leaf bags up when you clean gutters because it’s just one more thing to hold onto while you’re trying to balance. You can also use hose sprayers or power washers to blast moss and other debris out. If you own a leaf blower, whether it’s cordless, gas powered, or electric you may want to consider using it. You can walk along the edge of your roof and blow the debris from the gutters. Once all of the debris is on the ground the blower will come in handy again to gather all of it into a pile for collection. While you’re cleaning you can protect yourself with standard personal protective equipment, including safety glasses, gloves, and knee pads.
The best way to clean gutters is the way that keeps you safe. Clearing debris from your gutters allows the water to flow, which prevents damage to your home’s exterior. We carry an extensive range of gutter cleaning equipment that you can use to get the job done quickly, plus protective gear for preventing injuries. Get the job done right so you can spend more time enjoying the season with your family.
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