Gutter cleaning is an essential task that should be included in your home maintenance checklist. But while it may seem like a simple chore that you can do on your own, it is still best done by a professional to avoid mistakes that could lead to injuries or accidents.
To give you an idea of the risks, residential roofing expert All American Roofing lists some common mistakes that typically happen during DIY gutter cleaning.
Wearing the Wrong Attire and Footwear
When you’re climbing a ladder or going up on your roof, it is very important to wear the right protective clothing and footwear. Never wear sandals or flip flops or go barefoot. Instead, you should opt for closed shoes with rubber soles. Don’t forget your head protection, eye protection and gloves too.
It’s a common reflex to overreach for something while you are on a ladder. However, this should not be done as it is dangerous. It can be a hassle to reposition your ladder a number of times, but remember that your safety should always be top priority whenever you are working on your roofing and gutters. Overreaching can throw you and your ladder off balance, and it can be even more dangerous if you don’t have a spotter at the bottom of your ladder.
Using the Wrong Tools
Resourcefulness is usually a part of any DIY project. Sometimes, in the absence of certain materials or tools, we use makeshift ones or other substitutes in order to carry out a particular task. While this may work in simple DIY jobs or projects, it wouldn’t be safe to do this when cleaning your gutters. Gutter cleaning requires specific tools to ensure that the job is done correctly. If you use anything other than the recommended tools, you might just not be able to get rid of debris and unclog your gutters.
All American Roofing is a locally owned company that specializes in residential and commercial roofing services. We also provide other home improvement services that cover windows, siding, and gutters. Call us at 918-583-0100 or fill out our contact form to request a free quote. We serve customers in OKC or Oklahoma City, OK.