Cleaning the gutters of your home is something that needs to be done every month. If your gutters are not cleaned often, it can be the cause of damage to your roof or home. There are ways that you can safely clean your gutters, and by keeping these ways in mind, you will be able to get the job done and stay safe at the same time.
The first part of safely cleaning your gutters is to ensure that you are protected and that you have the tools you need. Purchase a pair of waterproof work gloves that will keep your hands dry and protected from any insects, pests or foreign objects you may find in the gutter while cleaning. Other tools you will need to have on hand are a garden hose, ladder, bucket and maybe some bucket hooks. Ensure that your ladder is tall enough to reach the gutters comfortably, and that it is stable and sturdy to reduce the risk of falling.
While you’re on the ladder cleaning out debris, you will want to be sure to move the ladder often. It may seem like more work, but it’s better to move the ladder more often to reduce the risk of falling if you’re having to reach too far.
You’ll want to have buckets to put the debris in, rather than just throwing it down and then having to clean it up later. Trying to hold onto a bucket while cleaning it out can be dangerous, so this is where bucket hooks come in handy. You can hang the bucket on the hook and have both of your hands free to hang onto the ladder and clean.
After all debris has been cleaned out of the gutters, you will want to wash them out to ensure that all the dirt and little leaves have been removed. If there are any stains in the gutters that you would like to remove, you could use a mix of bleach and water to do so. Be sure to protect your eyes from both debris and bleach by wearing protection.
Cleaning your gutters every once a month is an important job and is something that needs to be done. Follow these safety tips to keep you safe while you complete this important task. For other jobs to keep in mind for monthly attention visit our monthly maintenance calendar tips.
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