Gutter Cleaning Safety
When cleaning gutters, it is very important to consider what safety measures you are going to take to protect your person and not fall. We have been cleaning gutters for well over ten years now and have a lot of experience with what work and what does not when it comes to efficiently removing debris from gutters. Gutter cleaning safety should always be your first goal when get up on any ladder to clean out debris. We decided to write a quick blog post on items you should have when doing any type of gutter cleaning.
Gutter cleaning equipment
Ladders – Always use a ladder that will safely get you up to the gutter line where you can concentrate on cleaning out the gutter instead of trying to balance yourself to be able to even reach. I see guys all the time improvising with step ladders and having to stand on top to reach garage gutters. That is asking for a wipe-out. We only use extension ladders to clean any gutters out. There are different sizes available and they also have weight limits to accommodate most individuals.
Ladder Stabilizer Bar – If you are using an extension ladder when cleaning gutters, you should have a ladder stabilizer bar or a stand off bracket as some call it. These are mounted at the top of you ladder and will keep the ladder stable. We do not have a single ladder on our trailers that does not have one of these stabilizers on it. They also keep the ladders off the gutters so we do not bend and destroy the gutters as we are cleaning them.
Gloves – Some type of safety glove is very important when cleaning out gutters. We use the standard safety gloves you buy at the box stores because they are easier to flex and grab debris out of the gutters with. Some guys prefer the leather gloves.
Gutters have lots of sharp metal edges that will tear your hands up nicely. Gloves will protect your hands while you clean the gutters out.
Ladder Foot Leveler– If you are working on uneven terrain, consider getting a set of leg levelers for you ladder. They help level the ladder so you are not setting it up at a dangerous angle.
All of the equipment listed above will help you stay safe.