Ladder Safety When Cleaning Your Gutters
Cleaning and removing debris from gutters is a necessary job that has to be completed regularly throughout the year to avoid clogs. However, it can also be dangerous — in some cases causing serious injury. Year after year, thousands of homeowners end up in the emergency room from ladder-related accidents sustained while cleaning their gutters, making it one of the most dangerous household tasks. Cleaning your gutters regularly is essential to the overall health and protection of your home. Failure to do so can lead to expensive, moisture-related issues, such as foundation damage, structural issues, and mold and mildew. Making sure your gutters remain free of debris is the only way to prevent this from happening.
If you need to climb a ladder in order to clean your gutters, it’s important to follow these safety tips:
Find a Stable Location
Always make sure to place the base of your ladder on a firm, stable surface, making sure to avoid wet and slippery surfaces.
Let Someone Know
When using a ladder, it’s ideal to have another person with you to stabilize the bottom of the ladder and make sure you don’t fall. However, if you can’t find someone to help you, at least let someone know that you’ll be using the ladder to clean out your gutters.
Inspect the Ladder First
Before climbing the ladder, inspect it to ensure it’s in good working condition. Tighten any loose screws and bolts, check for defects, and make sure there aren’t any missing parts.
If you can’t reach a spot while cleaning your gutters, move your ladder closer. Never overreach, as this can lead to accidents.
Never Climb a Ladder to Clean Your Gutters Again
You can eliminate the need to clean your gutters by having LeafGuard gutters installed by the experts at Byers. LeafGuard gutter systems feature a patented one-piece design that keeps leaves, sticks, and other debris out of your gutters while allowing rainwater to flow freely through the system and away from your home. To learn more, contact us today.