Watch out! The two Most Common Hazards involved in Cleaning Gutters
Updated: Jan 2, 2020
Friday, June 14th, 2019 by Sabrina Hunter
The rain gutters may be filled with fallen leaves and debris, which means it's time to clean those gutters. You grab a ladder from the basement and plant it in the front of your home. As you prepare to scale the ladder under the hot sun you begin to think about the risks of gutter cleaning. Take a look at why cleaning gutters is a dangerous task for homeowners:
Unfortunately, the only way to access rain gutters is with a ladder. According to the National Safety Council, falls is one of the top three causes of preventable injury-related death and the top cause of nonfatal injury. Professional gutter cleaning contractors are highly skilled and trained to climb with care as they consider safety concerns, such as the foundation of the ground and using the right ladder.
Heavy rain can loosen wires and power lines causing them to dangle over the shingles. It can be extremely dangerous to work on a roof if damaged wires are hanging over the aluminum or steel gutters. Especially on a wet day or if the gutters are filled with water and debris. Both metal and water are great conductors of electricity. A professional contractor will inspect the gutters thoroughly before carrying out any cleaning work.
Gutter guards are a protective covering placed over the gutter that allows water to enter but blocks leaves, twigs, and other debris. Installing gutter guards is a "once-and-done" upgrade that will protect your home from all kinds of moisture damage and you will never have to climb a ladder again.
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