If you had to rank the most dangerous household chores, gutter cleaning would probably be at the top of the list. Let’s be honest — unless you’re a professional, there’s nothing safe about climbing up a ladder and scaling the side of your home, but unless you have gutter guards, it’s a necessary task to keep your home safe from water damage. For the sake of your safety, avoid these gutter cleaning mistakes.

Don’t use a rickety ladder.

Inspect your ladder to make sure there aren’t any cracks or loose pegs that could cause you to fall while you’re on it.

Don’t go up on a ladder alone.

Always have a family member or friend hold the ladder to avoid having it slide or tip.

Wear the right shoes.

Flip-flops, sandals, or soft-bottomed shoes can cause you to fall off your ladder. Rubber-soled, closed-toe shoes are the best choice.

Wear the right clothing.

You’re going to be shoveling wet leaves and gunk out of your gutters, so make sure to wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants that way none of the debris and bacteria come in contact with your skin.

Wear gloves.

Like we said, you’re digging debris out of your gutters. Use gloves to avoid getting bacteria on your hands or under your nails.

Don’t forget the right tools.

At the very least, use a gutter scoop to get rid of the debris. You can also make your life easier by having a vacuum and hose to help you get any grime stuck on your gutters.

You can avoid all gutter cleaning mistakes by using Gutter Helmet’s patented gutter protection system from Keystone Gutter Helmet. Our system ensures debris stays out of your gutters and water stays free-flowing — you’ll never have to clean your gutters again! For more information or to get a free quote, call us at 610-372-4383.