Learn to Clean Gutters Safely and Effectively from Weatherguard Gutters
With the dog days of winter not far from being gone, spring will arrive shortly and that means it’s gutter-cleaning season once again here in Metro Vancouver.
Gutter cleaning is important, because home and building gutters clogged with debris, leaves and dirt can overflow and cause water damage to either the interior or exterior of your home.
Gutters are an essential part of your Vancouver home’s overall health, and as Lower Mainland BC’s largest installer of residential and commercial gutters, Weatherguard Gutters cares about quality gutter-cleaning and maintenance – not to mention your safety!
Cleaning gutters can be a risky activity if you don’t take the right safety precautions. You can injure yourself or inadvertently cause damage to your home. So take heed of the top tips listed below to help make sure your next gutter-cleaning task doesn’t leave either you or your house worse for wear.
Best Tips for Effective and Safe Gutter Cleaning in Vancouver
1. Use Ladders Safely and Properly
One of the top causes of injuries while cleaning gutters is falling off a ladder. Although often overlooked, ladder safety is an important element of gutter cleaning.
Ensure your ladder is safe and sturdy and that it is durable enough to hold a large bucket or pale to put debris in. Always check your ladder for loose parts and remove all debris on you ladder steps to prevent slipping.
Use suitable ladders and avoid orchard ladders and wooden ladders, since they tend to lend themselves to imbalance.
2. Make Good Use of Your Garden Hose
Garden horses are excellent ways to clear out light and non-sticky debris in your gutters. If you have a pistol-grip trigger spray, use it, as this will afford you more pressure to dislodge and flush the debris out.
3. Protect your Hands and Eyes
Invest in heavy-duty outdoor gardening gloves to help protect your hands against dirt, rotting leaf debris and in some cases, even bacteria leftover from bird and animal droppings. Gloves are also ideal to protect from cuts and scratches in case you encounter any sharp twigs.
Use suede gloves instead of leather or rubber, since they are the most durable for the conditions.
Also, don’t overlook eye protection by wearing goggles, since you never know what may get dislodged during the cleaning process.
4. Watch Out for Power Lines
Lastly, simply put, be mindful of nearby powerlines. A lot of people tend to take their proximity to powerlines for granted. The last thing you want is a visit to the hospital because of electrocution, not to mention potential electrical damage you could cause to your home.
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For more information about gutter cleaning tips and resources on gutter products and maintenance, stay up to date with our blog. We regularly publish insider information about home and commercial gutters that prove valuable to homeowners and building managers time and time again.
For any help on gutter installation or repair needs, don’t hesitate to contact Weatherguard Gutters in Metro Vancouver, BC. We are the most experienced and largest gutter installation company in the Lower Mainland with the expertise to install modern and effective gutters on any kind of building.