If you're the type of person who enjoys rolling up your sleeves and tackling jobs around the home, cleaning your own eavestroughs is something you can accomplish with a little old-fashioned hard work. It's ideal to perform this task about twice a year to ensure your eavestroughs work properly. While this job isn't difficult per se, it can be a little dangerous if you don't take the right approach -- after all, you're working high off the ground. By taking the time to do the job safely, however, you'll have clean eavestroughs and won't have to worry about injuring yourself. Here are three safety tips to follow.
At the very least, you should have someone who weighs considerably more than you holding the bottom of the ladder once you begin to climb it. An additional safety tip is to secure the ladder to your home with roof anchor tie-offs. A ladder safety extension attached to the top of the ladder also makes it more secure. It's ideal to use a ladder with a rope pulley system that allows your assistant to raise your tools to the roof by pulling on the rope. This approach means that you have both hands securely on the ladder when you're climbing.
Correctly using a garden hose can prove a valuable ally when you're cleaning your eavestroughs. When you're standing on the ladder, there's a minimal stretch of eavestroughs that you can reach by hand. Instead of being tempted to reach farther and potentially put yourself in a hazardous position, attach a high-pressure nozzle to your garden hose and spray along the length of the eavestrough. The jet of water is often enough to loosen built-up leaves and other debris, and much of the debris will be blown to the ground where you can safely dispose of it later on.
Scoop And Hand Protection
The last thing you want to do is reach into your eavestroughs with bare hands and get a cut from a section of sharp aluminum. The surprise injury could cause further problems if you react suddenly and are no longer standing stably on the ladder. Protect your hands with leather gloves and use a plastic eavestrough scoop, in cooperation with the hose, the remove the debris. Eavestrough scoops are specifically designed for the job and will fit in the area perfectly, allowing you to clean right to the bottom of the section of eavestrough with one pass.
If you find your eavestroughs have suffered extensive damage, contact a professional business, like Kelowna Eavestroughers, for repairs.Share
6 August 2015
Hi, my name is Julie, and I have always loved projects. As I have gotten older, I have expanded from the visual arts to interior design, architecture and restoration. I'm particularly interested in saving the artistic value of old homes or finding new ways to integrate art into these spaces. If the idea of finding an old mosaic under the paint on your wall excites you, if you get a thrill from old fireplaces or if you just like art in general, this blog is for you. It looks at restoration with a focus on art. I also plan to include general repair tips and more. Enjoy!