The gutters on your home need to be cleaned when they become full of debris in order to protect your home correctly. Unfortunately, there several common dangers when it comes to trying to clean your gutters on your own. Most homeowners don’t spend much time on a ladder, and this is the top danger of gutter cleaning when it is done by amateurs. Get the help you need this season to have clean gutters and avoid getting injured in the process.
The Ladder is Unstable
If the ground is uneven, it can be very difficult to get the ladder positioned safely for a person to climb up it. In addition, the ladder could be bumping up against the roof or gutters, causing damage to the surface. Problems with placing the ladder in the right position are common and cause accidents often.
The Ladder Isn’t Maintained
Homeowners that only use a ladder once in a great while aren’t going to notice if the ladder needs maintenance. Ladders that are not taken care of can easily break or cause a hazard for the one using it.
Watch Out for Electrical Wires
Electrical wires can be a big hazard for those trying to clean gutters. Coming in contact with electrical wires can be deadly. Whether the ladder is accidentally placed on a wire, or the wires are grabbed while stumbling, electrical wires are dangerous when trying to clean gutters.
Wearing the Wrong Clothing
An amateur isn’t going to think much about the clothing they are wearing while climbing up the ladder to clean gutters. Small projections on the ladder can cause clothing to get stuck, causing an unstable or dangerous situation for the person climbing.
Problems with Vertigo or Dizziness
It’s not the best time to learn you are afraid of heights or you have vertigo when you are on the top of a ladder trying to clean your gutters. You may discover that you are too nervous to do the work, or you are so dizzy that it causes you to lose your balance.
As you get older, it can become even more difficult to clean your gutters, leaving you at risk for a fall. Avoid getting injured while cleaning your gutters because of:
- Issues with your own mobility.
- Lack of experience climbing a ladder.
- Fear of heights or vertigo.
- Uneven ground and a poorly maintained ladder.
Let the professionals at Weatherguard Gutters take care of your gutters for you and avoid the dangers of trying to clean your gutters on your own. Weatherguard Gutters has been helping homeowners in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland for over 25 years keep their gutter systems clean. Contact us today to get a free estimate.