Preparing for Gutter Cleaning

Preparing for Gutter Cleaning

gutter cleaning services ctBefore we get into tips for cleaning your gutters let’s first start off by saying gutter cleaning can be a dangerous home improvement job and it is recommended that you hire a professional gutter cleaning company to perform this task.

However, if you are a do-it-yourself kind of homeowner and don’t mind the dirty work then be extra careful when heading up to the roof to clean your gutters. To make your gutter cleaning a little easier we provide a few helpful tips that will make your project easier and safer.

  • Clean up the Yard: Gutter cleaners will be working along the perimeter of the home and using ladders to access the roof. If you have small children it’s a good idea to do a quick inspection and pick up any toys that could cause someone to lose their footing and have an accident. The last thing you want to deal with is an insurance liability case so do your part by cleaning up the yard.
  • Check your Homeowner’s Insurance: Many people just assume that the gutter cleaners have insurance or that their homeowner’s insurance will cover any accidents or injuries. Don’t be so sure. It doesn’t hurt to call your local insurance representative and check on the coverage you have and make any adjustments you need to make to ensure you don’t get stuck with a medical bill or a lawsuit should someone fall from a ladder while working on your roof.
  • Keep Pets and Kids Inside: When the gutter cleaners arrive it’s a safe move to keep your pets and children inside the house when the cleaning is taking place. Dogs, cats and children can be curious creatures and may want to stick their nose where it doesn’t belong. This can lead to an accident or having a handful of debris whack someone in the face. It’s OK to watch the work from a window safe inside but always keep pets and children away from the work being done.
  • Stay for the Recap: Don’t just assume the gutters will be clean and everything will be fine. Many times gutter cleaners will also perform inspections and in this case they may find damage to a gutter channel or downspout that will need repairs. If you are not around then the gutter specialist has no one to explain it to and will only be able to write it down on the cleaning invoice. Rather than try to figure out what the cleaner is talking about, be there for the recap so you understand what needs to be done to ensure you get the repairs you need to make your gutters safe.

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