If you can safely access your gutters, routine cleaning can help prevent damage to your roof and property. If you have a tall multi-story home or building, it’s probably safer to hire a professional to do the job.
If you decide to do the job yourself, here are some tips and safety guidelines to make the job easier:
- Wear shoes that are secure and have good traction. Wear a long-sleeve shirt, rubber gloves and safety glasses.
- Use an extension ladder. Ladder stabilizers are recommended for additional safety and to protect the structure.
- Always stay clear of power lines.
- A plastic tarp can be used to protect grass and landscaping.
- Use a bucket to carry your tools and use a hook to attach it to the ladder. Carrying tools in your pocket when climbing a ladder can cause injury if you fall.
- Use a plastic scoop or a toy shovel to remove debris.
- Use a hose to flush out the muck. Note any leaks or holes.
- If the downspout cannot be cleared with the pressure of a hose, a plumber’s snake can be used to remove the obstruction.