Against better judgment, many Connecticut homeowners decide to clean their gutters on their own. Since the job does not require any special technical skill or construction experience, some attempt this task alone. However, gutter cleaning is not as easy as it looks and in fact can be a very dangerous job if not performed properly. Every year accidents occur when someone attempted to clean their gutters on their own and ended up slipping and falling off the ladder or roof.
At CT Gutter we offer professional and affordable gutter cleaning services throughout Connecticut. Here are some common mistakes homeowners make when cleaning their own gutters.
Working on the Roof: Many times during the fall and spring you will pass by a house and see the owner sprawled out on the roof, often laying on their stomach and shoveling leaves and debris out of their gutters. This is very dangerous and can lead to a serious injury. Gutter cleaning should be performed using a sturdy ladder and should rarely include being on the roof. A wet roof can be quite slippery and all it takes is one misstep to sustain an injury.
Going it Alone: Often people that try cleaning their gutters on their own will not ask for help. This is a bad idea and again can lead to an injury. When working on a ladder at heights of 20’ or more, it is strongly recommended that you have someone with you to help steady the ladder and be nearby in case something goes wrong. It doesn’t take much effort to ask a friend or neighbor to assist in your cleaning project and even just one more person can make a big difference when it comes to safety.
Not Knowing What to Look For: When professional gutter cleaners tackle a project, they not only clean the gutters but also look for cracks, leaks and other signs of a weakened or broken gutter system. Your average homeowner will not know how or where to check for flaws and though the gutters will be clean there may be damage that will lead to problems during heavy rain and melting snow. Gutters seem fairly simple but there are several critical parts and sections that need special attention and if you don’t have experience working with gutters you won’t know where to look.
Instead of putting yourself at risk and possibly missing defects, contact CT Gutter for a thorough and professional gutter cleaning. We have over 10 years experience cleaning and inspecting home gutters throughout the state and can ensure your home gutters are ready for any weather.