Gutter cleaning should be an important component of your spring roofing maintenance session – without clean, solid, clog-free gutters, your roof cannot eliminate water and excessive raining can damage the entire top section of your home. However, gutter cleaning involves work done standing on a ladder, so you need to pay special attention not only to the efficiency of your work, but also to your safety – here is how:
- Place the ladder on even ground and fasten it to the roof, too – if the ground on which you want to place your ladder is not sufficiently hard or even, you can use a wood board to straighten it. Place the ladder on the wood board and anchor it to the edge of the roof as well;
- Get the right tools – find a tool that you can use for scraping off even hard debris and also get a bucket in which you can collect the scraped-off dirt;
- Wear safe clothes – non-slip boots, comfortable work clothes and sturdy work gloves are essential for your safety while you are cleaning your gutters;
- Use your garden hose to flush off the downspouts – make sure you de-clog the downspouts, too – leaving them clogged would significantly decrease the efficiency of your gutter pipes.
If you are uncomfortable on a ladder or do not have the tools to complete this important task, call on Interstate Roofing in Colorado for all your roof and gutter services.