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Gutter Cleaning: A Fall Necessity For Homeowners

By | Gutter, Ladder Safety, Tips

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With the arrival of fall, many homeowners start looking around for tips on how to winterize their homes, but often forget items such as gutters. Gutters protect your home from leaves, dirt and other wet debris that collects on your roof. However, you may have fallen into the trap of overlooking gutter cleaning until a problem is underway. Fortunately, regular gutter maintenance will protect your roof against damage throughout the year. Below are some essential tips that will help make this task easier:

Safety Considerations:

When inspecting, do not lean your ladder against any part of the gutter. This is because gutters are typically made from plastic or thin gauge metal, which can be damaged significantly by the pressure of a ladder. Using an A-frame ladder to climb to the appropriate height is a better idea.

Cleaning Tips:

Before ascending the ladder, gather materials in a small pail or bag and carry them in such a way that you can still keep both hands on the ladder as you climb. Take a small plastic garbage bag, rubber gloves, and a two inch putty knife. With the plastic gloves on, pick up any twigs, leaves and piles of dirt you wish to dispose of and place them in the small garbage bag. The putty knife can be used to dislodge stubborn patches of dirt or decomposed leaves that have collected in specific areas. Clean each section and never reach beyond the point where you feel comfortable. Rather, climb down the ladder and reposition it for the next section.

When you are finished cleaning, rinse the area with a garden hose to remove tiny pieces of debris that you may have overlooked. After checking the gutters for cleanliness, tap in nails or tighten screws that may have become loose throughout the year.

If you discover that the downspout is completely plugged or slow to drain, give it a strong spray from your garden hose to push out any debris. However, if the downspout reaches directly into a drain, the connection should be undone first so that you do not inadvertently push debris into the drain and create another problem. Finally, if you complete an October inspection and discover roof problems or suspect that it is time for new gutters, be sure to get a gutter system with built-in gutter covers.

Essential Ladder Safety Tips

By | Gutter, Ladder Safety, Tips

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When your house gutters become blocked with leaves and other debris, it is necessary to clean them. This often means climbing a ladder to reach your roof. It is important to follow some safety tips to avoid dangerous falls.

Have a Spotter. Anytime you climb a ladder, it is essential to have a spotter on the ground. This person will help brace the ladder so that it is secure. It is extremely common for ladders to kick away or slip at the bottom. When this occurs, you may experience a terrible injury.

Do Not Overreach. Most ladders are heavy and hard to control. It is often tempting to reach out as far as you can to avoid moving this clunky piece of equipment. However, you should not lean, overreach, or try to move the ladder while you are standing on it. It is essential to climb down and manually move the ladder to where it is needed.

Wear Proper Footwear. When you clean your gutters, it will be necessary to frequently move up and down your ladder. This means it is important to wear the correct type of shoes with rubber soles. The rubber provides adequate traction so that you do not slip and fall.

Inspect the Ladder. One of the best tips for ladder safety is to examine the tool before climbing up. You should look for cracks or loose hardware that my cause the ladder to break. Also, it is important to take note of the maximum capacity so that it does not collapse.

Use Proper Tools. When considering ladder tips, it is important to include the need for proper tools. For example, when cleaning your gutters, you should have a broom, vacuum, and flusher handy. It is also important to be connected to a harness, especially when scaling a two-story home. It is essential to use the correct ladder as well. It is never wise to place a stepladder on the roof. An extension ladder is the best tool for tall structures.

To avoid the need to use a ladder and risk injury cleaning your gutters, you may wish to consider our K-Guard System. Our product is unlike anything on the market and provides strength, durability, and attractiveness to your home. Our patented system covers your gutters and keeps leaves and debris from causing clogs. For more information, visit our website.

What To Know Before You Climb: Ladder Safety Basics

By | General, Ladder Safety

Ladders are necessary equipment for many jobs, but unfortunately, they can also be very dangerous. Ladder danger exists in a variety of occupations, but it’s also something that many homeowners face when trying to tackle various home improvement projects. Improper use can lead to serious injuries, so it’s very important to follow these ladder safety basics before you climb up.

The easiest way to avoid a fall from a ladder is to simply not get up on one.  Investing in a K-Guard Gutter System means that you will never have to clean your gutters again, and you will have one less reason to ever get up on a ladder and risk injury.  Click here to find a local K-Guard Gutter dealer in your area.

If you do find yourself on a ladder, be sure to employ the following safety measures:

Level Ground

The first step is to make sure that the ladder is in good working condition. Check it over visually to see if there’s any damage to any part of it. If everything appears to be in good shape, then you can proceed to set it into position. A ladder must be set up on level ground in order to be safe. Make sure that you have a flat, stable surface that can support your weight. Placing it on soft ground, such as loose soil, stones, sand, or other uneven surfaces increases the chances of it becoming unstable.

Getting Into Position

Once you have the ladder secured on level ground, you can then prepare to climb up and get to work. You always want to have either both feet and one hand, or both hands and one foot on the ladder at the same time. Stay centered in the middle of the rungs as you ascend, slowly and cautiously. Never climb up the rungs backwards, and don’t try to carry heavy tools or other equipment up with you as you go. Always maintain a forward facing position as you’re going up and coming down.

Other Things to Keep in Mind

Don’t use a metal ladder near exposed electrical equipment or power lines. If you can have someone spot you by remaining at the bottom of the ladder, it’s a good idea to do so. For ladders that have locks or extensions, make sure that those are engaged and secured.

Falls from ladders are a common cause of injuries. Proper use can prevent you from having an accident on a ladder, so be sure to keep these important safety tips in mind the next time you’re ready to use one.