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7 critical gutter cleaning tips that can save your life

Nov 22

If more building owners and facility managers knew how to properly clean their roof gutters, there would be fewer accidents and deaths and significantly less property damage. Cleaning of gutters occurs in the fall, to get ready for the forthcoming winter or rainy season. Damage from freezing or rainwater could be costly in the event that it doesn't flow through the downspout and gutter system.


It is possible to clean your gutters with San Diego gutter cleaning.


According to Robert Lenney, the developer of Gutterglove and a gutter cleaning specialist having a solid education in the practice of gutter cleaning is essential for a safe, efficient and secure cleaning experience.


  • Take care when using a ladder.


Make sure you inform someone of you are planning to work on your roof or gutters using a ladder.

Utilize a secure and sturdy ladder with a small shelf that can hold the five-gallon container to collect gutter debris, and secure the bucket with the help of a lanyard.


A ladder with four legs is ideal for single-story structures. On the other hand, an extension ladder is used for larger or two-story structures.

An orchard ladder with only three legs that support the tree it is not recommended because it could cause unevenness.


A ladder made of wood is not recommended since it may be unstable and hard to balance.

Fiberglass ladders appear to be the most sturdy, but they are also the heaviest.

You may feel exhausted from taking care of gutters for hours a time. This could be caused by the repeated lifting of the ladder.


  • Make Use Of A Garden Hose


Use a pistol-grip trigger spray nozzle to attach it to a garden hose.

This style of spray nozzle allows the user to control the pressure of water by using one hand.

When moving the ladder, or using a gutter scoop a pistol-grip trigger spray nozzle can be simply hung over the front edge of the gutter.

The hardware store must have the same type of spray nozzle.


  • Clean your Guts


Cleaning the gutters by scooping out leaves is believed to be the most efficient method for gutter cleaning.

A plastic scooping tool found in the majority of hardware stores is the ideal tool for this operation.

Plastic scooping tools' edges are brittle. It molds to the gutter trough and makes it easy to scoop even the most difficult garbage.


Beware of using a metal scooping tool as the gutter's bottom as well as seams can be scraped off and damaged.

The bottom of a gutter constructed of steel may be removed to expose areas prone to rust. If the gutter's bottom is already been rusty, it could be possible for the rusting process to progress faster.


  • Be Safe with Your Hands


Protect your hands with gloves from leaves that are usually decomposing and is contaminated with bacteria, such as the droppings of pigeons and birds, for example.

They also shield your skin from painful cuts caused by fragments of shredded metal from an old, worn-out gutter.

Cotton gloves are able to absorb dirt water, opening your skin to microorganisms.

Leather gloves are less flexible and tend to fade after cleaning.

Rubber gloves may be punctured or torn by metal fragments that can be found in the gutter.

Due to their thickness, more durable, and are not made of fine cotton or leather the suede gloves are superior to rubber gloves, rubber gloves, or even thinner leather gloves.


  • Protect Your Eyes


Eye protection is essential for cleaning gutters as it is impossible to predict what might be spouting out of the downspout. If you clear a clog, rodents or birds, frogs wasps, and bees have been observed to fly away at fast speeds and the last thing anyone wants is to sustain an eye injury.


  • Takedown the roof!


Make use of a power wash or a rake, to clean all debris off the roof. If you don't take care to do this, rainwater will continue to rinse the debris down the gutter, clogging it even more. The roof debris could cause condensation around chimneys and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), equipment. This can lead to roof leaks and erosion.


  • Rubber shoes are the best.

If gutter cleaning involves going up on the roof, rubber-soled shoes are recommended. They are the most effective at securing to the ground and avoiding slip-and-fall injuries. Mornings can be damp on roofs and it's best to walk across roofs after the sun has set and evaporated all water. The most ideal times to walk on roofs are in the early mornings and late afternoons.


All Gutter Cleaning San Diego

San Diego, CA

(760) 377-8577