Cleaning your gutters on the regular is an important maintenance task that you should do. After all, it is possible to DIY and failing to clean your gutters can affect your roofing system in a negative way. While going the DIY route may seem like an easy task, this isn’t actually the case as it’s likely you’re making some mistakes that can be hazardous to you or your home.
In this post, John Peters Roofing discusses the common gutter cleaning mistakes that you’re likely making.
Using The Wrong Tools
Using the right tools is important for every gutter cleaning task, especially if you’re attempting a DIY. There are many tools that can help you clean your gutters easier such as a spray, vacuum, or broom-like tools. However, depending on the amount of debris on your gutters, they may not be able to get the job done, meaning you’ll have to scoop them out by hand if necessary.
When you’re climbing the ladder to get to your gutters, you’ll have to wear the right protective attire and footwear. Gutter and roof replacement experts recommend that you wear closed shoes with rubber soles, eye and head protection, and gloves all the time while cleaning your gutters. That way, you’re protected from flying debris or pests that are hiding in the gutters.
If you’re inexperienced with cleaning your gutters on your own, it’s likely that you won’t be able to completely clean it. Should you happen to make this mistake, your gutters will likely clog up again and cause many issues for your home, such as a flooded basement, damaged foundation and ruined siding. With that in mind, always make sure to thoroughly clean your gutters at least twice a year.
Not Adhering to Ladder Safety
Climbing a ladder to get to your gutters can be hazardous if you’re not careful. When climbing, always make sure someone is securing the base below and making sure the ladder is secure on the ground to prevent slipping. Overreaching is also a common and hazardous mistake that you can make.
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