Gutter cleaning sounds like the usual chore. Cleaning inside the house is easier nowadays with the introduction of tools and gadgets. Cleaning the carpet is easier now – thanks to the vacuum cleaner. There’s no need to use a rag for wiping the floor because we can use a mop. Doing the laundry is easier and faster because of the washing machine. Technology has a main aim – to get things done with minimal effort.
Not all home owners love cleaning gutters. Not everyone has the DIY side. It’s either they don’t like going up the ladder or they don’t have enough time. New tools for gutter cleaning are introduced in the market, aiming to make gutter cleaning as easy as possible. There are two ways of cleaning gutters: from the ground or by the ladder. Which method do you prefer?
From the ground – This is almost the method everyone prefers, especially the ones that hates going up ladders. There are products introduced such as gutter vacuums and gutter blowers that have adjustable extensions. No need for getting a ladder. It’s a good investment if you intend to keep safe and prevent anything risky. Be prepared for some drawbacks though. Gutter vacuums prevent the clutter when cleaning but it doesn’t work well with wet debris. Gutter blowers flush out the clutter on the gutters but leave a big mess on the ground, so expect leaves on your head too! There are tools too that act like clamps that you can control from the ground that pick up leaves, you can try them too. But, keep in mind that it’s not that effective in wet debris and you can’t be sure if you got them all.
Up there – For DIY enthusiasts, they save a lot from going up the ladder. Why? They just need the basic tools: hand shovel, bucket and the ladder. They prefer this because they can make a thorough search of the gutters. They don’t only clean it, but they are able to spot things that need immediate repair or replacement. There may be money saved with this method but there are also drawbacks. According to the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls were the leading cause of nonfatal, medically treated injuries in the U.S. every single year from 1997 through 2007(Source: nycaccidentlawyerblog.com). People always commit the mistake of not observing proper use of ladders and end up in accidents or even death.
The recommended method is actually either of the two. Why? All we need is proper awareness on proper usage of tools and we’re all set. Cleaning gutters through the ground may be tiring after picking up the mess but the safety is there. It may be a bit tiring holding a device but it’s best for the elderly. Cleaning by going up the ladder is safe as long as you have the right ladder (A-Frame ladders) and you observe the 3-point rule. The 3-point rule is keeping 3 parts of your body on the ladder. So it’s either your feet and one hand, or a foot and two hands. This prevents the risk of falling. Lastly, there’s the option of paying a professional to do the dirty work.