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How to Safely Clean the Leaves From Your Gutters

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fall leavesFall is upon us and cleaning out your gutters can be quite the task. It can also be dangerous if you don’t go about cleaning out your gutters the right way.

For most people that own homes, it’s a dreadful experience; but gutter cleaning doesn’t have to be scary and there are some simple tips and tricks to make your life easier. Here’s how to safely clean the leaves from your gutters this fall:

Ladder Safety is Key 

You should always let someone in the house know if you are going to be using a ladder to work on the gutters. You should also make sure that the ladder is safe and very sturdy, if it is not you need someone on the ground holding the ladder steady.

Preferably you want a ladder that has a shelf on the opposite side, it should be able to hold a five gallon bucket.You will need that bucket for collecting gutter debris. And be sure to secure the bucket with a lanyard or some type of rope.

Also make sure to never put the ladder in front of a door as someone may open the door without realizing you’re there and knock the ladder over.

Use a “Gutter Scoop.”

Using a gutter scoop will help get the leafy debris out of your gutters. It’s also known as the best overall method for removing leaves from your gutter. And if you have a lot of tree’s this tool will be ideal for you, since there will be so many leaves to get rid of.

The gutter scoop can help you pick up more debris, faster and it sure does make the job a lot easier, and the less time you’re on the ladder the better.

For colder climates, the scoop can also double as a salt dispenser, creating an easier way to spread salt on your steps, sidewalk, and driveway.

Wear Gloves and Eye Protection

It’s important to wear gloves and eye protection. A lot of gunk can get stuck in your gutters and sometimes it can get pretty gross, you don’t want to be touching mold with your bare hands. It’s also not uncommon to find bugs, including spider, amongst the debris. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Gutter Guards and Covers

One way to save the headache of future cleanings is to install a gutter cover system. These products cover the existing gutters and are designed to let the water in, but keep debris out. Just make sure to thoroughly clean your gutters before you install them.

Conclusion

Cleaning your gutters this fall shouldn’t be too much of a burden. If you follow these tips you can make sure your safe and that the job is a little easier. Just make sure to wear that protective gear, use a sturdy ladder and make sure someone is aware of the fact that your going to be cleaning your gutters.

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