Gutter cleaning can be done on your own, but it’s a very difficult and risky process. The following are some of the reasons it’s important to save yourself time and potential danger to your safety by hiring the most competent local gutter cleaning professional.
Gutter Cleaning Challenges When You DIY
However common it may be for people in your neighborhood or around town to hop up a ladder and scoop things out with rudimentary tools, it’s far from ideal. The cautionary notes below should doubly serve as a reminder of the most important things to look for in a professional gutter cleaner.
High Potential for Personal Injury
Aside from the most obvious and severe injury – falling from a ladder – trying to clean your own clogged gutters also increases the danger of:
- Stumbling on the roof
- Contacting electrical components
- Failing to wear protective equipment
- Cutting your hands on sharp edges
Further, if you aren’t used to climbing onto roofs (and minding proper safety procedures), you could even experience vertigo, greatly increasing the chance of falling.
Insufficient or Nonexistent Safety Gear and Equipment
At a minimum, cleaning gutters requires heavy-duty work gloves, a thicker-than-average long-sleeve shirt and pants, safety glasses, and non-slip footwear. For particularly high roofs, a harness or tether is also advisable.
The ladder must be stable and sit at the proper height. For the gutter debris, a “dump bucket” should be selected that is easy to carry and will not easily be nudged out of place. For the downspouts, a plumber’s snake is often necessary, which can be pricey. All of this gear can be an expensive investment – especially if you have no further use for it than to grab it for your DIY gutter cleaning.
Gutter Cleaning is Not a One-Person Job
Cleaning gutters, as with any work requiring the use of a tall ladder, requires two people for maximum safety. One must be comfortable climbing and cleaning the gutters, while the other must vigilantly spot the ladder to protect their partner. Even if you are certain the ladder is secure on the way up, it could shift without you realizing it if you don’t have someone helping you.
How can a Gutter Cleaning Professional Help?
A gutter cleaning professional will accomplish the job not only more safely, but more easily, efficiently, and quickly as well. Due to their experience, they have learned the very best techniques according to different styles of gutters.
Your Gutters are Guaranteed to be Clean
Your professional neighborhood gutter cleaner will also know the signs to look for in order to determine the cause of a gutter clog, damage, or other maintenance issues others are likely to overlook. They also are more apt to clean the gutter in the most proper way so that they won’t incur standing water and other causes of corrosion.
Saves You Time
Cleaning gutters yourself takes a significant amount of time most busy homeowners just don’t have – especially if they come upon unforeseen issues. A professional has the right tools and equipment, as well as the experience, to get the job done right as soon as possible.
Professional Gutter Cleaning is Safer
In their experience and training, gutter cleaning professionals have learned the most effective and non-strenuous way to clean gutters in the most risk-free possible way. They not only ensure their own safety, but the safety of the homeowner, their family and pets, and the cleaner’s own crew while they’re at it.
Don’t Risk it – Hire a Gutter Cleaning Professional
As fully insured and trusted gutter installation professionals, Aerotech has the resources and experience to clean your gutters as safely as possible. We know the most efficient and effective methods according to each challenge, gutter style, and material – not to mention insurance coverage, for additional protection for both our installers and you, the homeowner.
If you need expert gutter cleaning services to keep your gutter system in peak operating condition, don’t hesitate to contact Aerotech.