Avoid These Mistakes When Cleaning Your Gutters

Every homeowner knows that keeping gutters free and clear of debris is essential to warding off a host of problems, from serious leaks to damaging your foundation.

Incorrectly cleaning your gutters, however, can lead to costly and unsafe situations. Be sure not to make one of these common gutter-cleaning mistakes.

1. Not cleaning them often enough. One of the most common mistakes homeowners make is not cleaning gutters frequently enough. Experts recommend cleaning at least twice a year, but depending on your region of the country and landscape, they may need to be cleaned more often. If your home is surrounded by trees, for example, you’ll need to clean them out more regularly.

2. Cleaning at the wrong time. It’s essential to clean out your gutters in advance of any severe weather or before your usual storm season. If bad weather hits and your gutters are clogged, you could be in store for significant damage to your home. For many places, this means cleaning every spring and fall.

3. Not wearing the right gear. Gutter cleaning can be hazardous. Be sure to wear heavy-duty work gloves to protect yourself from debris and sharp objects, as well as rubber-soled shoes with good traction to avoid slipping on ladders.

4. Ignoring ladder safety. Ladder accidents are common and extremely dangerous. Be sure to carefully inspect your ladder before using it, and ensure that the base has secure, even footing before climbing. The best bet is to have a friend or family member hold the bottom of the ladder for extra stability. While on the ladder, keep your hips between the two side rails in order to maintain your balance.

5. Not having gutter guards. You can save yourself lots of effort and risk by having gutter guards installed. Often made of perforated metal or mesh, they catch leaves and other debris while allowing water to flow freely through your home’s drainage system.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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