Gutter cleaning safety


Spring is the time of year to get your house in order before summer sets in. For most homeowners, this means it is once again time for a good, old-fashioned gutter cleaning.

According to Robert Lenney, gutter cleaning expert whose company has cleaned out more than 5 million feet of gutter since 1996, it’s the semi-annual project that strikes fear into the hearts of all urban and suburban warriors who face that dreaded request, “Honey, it’s time to clean out the gutters!”

“At its best, gutter cleaning is a tedious and disgusting task. At worst, it can be scary and downright dangerous. One slight misstep and you are heading to the hospital with a broken bone and bruised ego,” says Lenney.


That is why we recommend our services, TRUE SOLUTIONS, has your back and here is how.

Ladder Safety: We are gutter-cleaning professionals, we use a safe and sturdy ladder made of top of the line aluminum. We do not use wooden ladders because they are often wobbly and difficult to safely balance. Fiberglass ladders seem to be the sturdiest, but are also the heaviest. We clean gutters and since we do it hour upon hour, muscle fatigue can set in from moving the heavy ladder numerous times. We inspect our ladders for defects, dents or loose parts before climbing.

Before climbing the ladder, we lightly jump on the first rung a few times to make sure the ground is secure. Sometimes the soil is soft, or there might be a gopher hole underneath one of the ladder legs. Either condition could cause the ladder to collapse under the combined weight of the ladder and a person.

When climbing the ladder, we always remember the “three point rule.” As much as possible we try to have both legs and one hand firmly secure on the ladder at all times to provide stability and balance while cleaning. Lastly, if possible, we always have someone holding the ladder to provide additional safety while climbing.

Garden Hose: We use a garden hose with normal water pressure (30-40 psi – the standard for municipal water services), simply attach a pistol-grip trigger spray nozzle. This type of spray nozzle allows us to adjust the water pressure with just one hand and to easily hang it on the front edge of the gutter while moving the ladder, or while using a gutter scoop.

It is generally best to spray out the gutter when most of the larger debris its already removed. We do this by hand. It’s difficult to spray out leaves and pine needles that have piled up over the fall and winter. Spray toward the downspout (leader pipe) so the small, murky debris flows down the downspout. If the downspout is connected to an underground drain that goes out to your street, the base of the downspout needs to be disconnected so the debris can be released at this point, preventing a potential clog further down the system under your lawn or driveway.

 We also clean off the roof: We sweep all debris off the roof first. Otherwise, the next rain will wash all the debris down into the clean gutter, clogging it up again. Also, debris left on the roof can lead to water damming up in valleys or around the chimney, which can cause erosion and roof leaks over time.

Downspouts unclogged: We make sure the downspouts (leader pipe) are clear, after all the gutters have been cleaned, we run the water hose down the downspout at full pressure. If the water backs up out of the top, a clog is present. Normally, tapping on the side of the downspout can unclog it. However, if that does not work, the downspout and back are removed, and it should be flushed from the bottom. If a clog is present, and the downspout is connected to an underground drain, it is best to disconnect the bottom of the downspout from the underground drain. Otherwise, the clog may move to the underground drain.

Clean your gutters at least two times a year: Make sure gutters are cleaned at least twice a year, once in the fall and again in the spring. One main reason for cleaning out gutters is to eliminate the possibility of water damage from rainwater runoff due to a clogged gutter. Another reason is to reduce the possibility of rust corrosion. Even though it may not rain during the summer, if there is debris in the steel gutters, the rusting process can speed up. It’s difficult for rust to speed up with clean gutters. The faster the rusting process, the sooner new gutters will be needed.

I know what you are thinking, this is simple I can do it myself. YES, you can do it yourself, but why take time from your busy life and from your family when you can hire a professional service to do it for you. Why risk falling or getting hurt when gutter-cleaners- near- can do it for you at a reasonable price. Give us a call and we can give you a free quote over the phone.