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What To Do About Clogged Gutters

As seasons change from one to the other, gutters can clog all too quickly. With rain, wind, sleet, heavy spring and winter storms, area animals like birds building nests and scattering debris around, it’s no wonder that your gutters get clogged. But now you can say, “Good bye!” to all that and clean them up yourself.

Get your gutters in shape with these tips that focus on how to get safely topside your home to clean your gutters. Please read them thoroughly before starting that climb up the ladder to your roof.

Equipment Safety

Check for equipment safety before heading up your ladder. Make sure your ladder is securely in place: the foot pads need to be snug, firmly in place with the ground and the ladder frame needs to be free of bent areas.

Also before you go up on the roof hook, you need to hook up your water hose plus check for possible leaks in the hose. Make sure any and all attachments and spray nozzles work well. You also want to make sure you have enough water pressure at full power in your line so that you can effectively clear or spray out debris from your gutters.

When possible, keep someone extra at ground level in case you need help. A ground person can help clear away kinks and knots in your water hose, for example, that could severely limit your water pressure as you move about the house top.

Clothing Safety

Check for clothing safety before heading up, too. Grab a good pair of work gloves and wear a sturdy tool belt with plenty of pockets for your tools and make sure to tie it securely around your waist.

Also check your footwear. You don’t want to stub your toes or slip and fall wearing plastic flip-flops or other inappropriate work wear. Instead, opt for sturdy foot wear with laces that are tied firmly and tucked away so you won’t trip and get them caught.

Tools Needed

These tools can come in handy for the job:

* Bucket – for placing debris into for disposing of later.

* Screwdriver or Trowel – for scooping out thick debris like mud from your gutter.

* Straightened Wire Hanger – for poking debris from or through tight areas like clogged downspouts.

* Adjustment Items, Coating, Seal or Flush Fixtures – Items like these from local hardware stores can help you apply a coating inside gutters to help flush the debris, help prevent rust and damage, and help keep out debris in the future.

Take shop around and get your safety features in check first. Extend your gutters’ life and you own.

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