Essential Safety Tips for Cleaning Seamless Gutters in Grand Blanc, MI

April 29, 2014

Basically, there are two ways to clean reliable seamless gutters in Grand Blanc, MI homes: from the ground with a long rake, or by taking a ladder and climbing up to get a better reach. The latter, no doubt, is more dangerous and risky. Nevertheless, someone’s got to do it, and if it can be managed confidently at all, just make sure that you take extra precaution by undertaking some of these safety measures: 


The Right Clothes


When working on heights, especially when using ladders that may or may not be wet or moist, there is one thing you should always keep in mind: traction. Wear shoes that wouldn’t easily slip off and send you on a quick meet-up with gravity, so soled shoes and sandals should be off the table. Moreover, dress accordingly, as you might be up on your roof cleaning for hours at a time.


The Ladder


Ladder safety is essential for a task as risky as this. If you can’t have someone with you to hold the ladder, tell people in your house that you will be working on a ladder, so they’ll be quick to respond in case of an emergency. Check the ladder’s stability and strength before going all the way up.


Hand Protection


Brad Kamer, contributor for Yahoo! Voices, writes about the importance of protecting your hands when cleaning out your gutters:


"Keep the hands safe when cleaning out gutters by wearing gloves. Most gutters and downspouts are made of sheet metal and sharp machine screws that can rip open fingers and wrists very easily when trying to dig or scoop out debris. Another risk to observe is the decay and rot found within gutter debris. This organic material may contain bacteria and mildew that should never come in contact with your bare hands especially if there are any open cuts or sores."


Inspecting Gutters


As you work around the house cleaning your gutters, look for damages on your gutters, soffit, and even in sturdy eaves in Grand Blanc, MI home that might be a danger spot if you lean your ladder against it, or if you run your hands on the surface. In the process, you will also be checking for gutter problems or damages that could potentially cause leaks or further ruin your home exterior.


If you’re in doubt whether you can manage the height at all or not, better err on the side of caution and call on gutter repair companies, such as Affordable Seamless Gutters, to clean the system for you, or provide you a cost-efficient seamless gutter installation and repair services, if replacement is recommended. It’s important to keep your gutters well maintained, but always and at all times, safety first.


(Source: Important Safety Tips when Cleaning Gutters, Yahoo! Voices)

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