No one likes to get up on a ladder and swap those old gutters for new ones. Often, removal services are asked if it’s something they can do, but oftentimes, constraints make that extremely difficult. A contractor may be able to help you complete this task, but why do that when, with a few safety precautions, you can do it yourself?
Safe Practices in Removing Gutters
Gutters and downspouts get dirty and can deteriorate over time if neglected, but whether you’re simply cleaning and maintaining your gutters or if you need to replace them, use the following tips to ensure safety when working on a ladder and with tools.
Keep in mind that safety procedures should always be followed when working on a ladder. When working with gutters, you will want to follow these pointers:
- Wear thick work gloves, as there may be sharp or rough edges or items in or around the gutters.
- When using a ladder outdoors, consider wearing a helmet and ensure you use a ladder that can reach the necessary height. A ladder that’s too short creates additional strain and is dangerous.
- When using power tools, ensure you follow all rules regarding electricity, safe observation of wiring or batteries, etc.
With the above safety procedures in mind, use a power drill in reverse or a screwdriver to remove the screws underneath the roof or in the siding, holding the gutter in place.
If the gutter is very long, be cautious removing it. It might sound convenient, but letting a large piece of gutter fall to the ground is unsafe. If you have a helper – this is a great project to have your kids help with – slowly lower the gutter down for him or her to put in a safe place until you’re ready to dispose of it.
When junk removal professionals need to work with heights or in situations that require some extra-special attention, they ensure that all safety measures are taken. They also work in teams so the process is as safe and efficient as possible.
Keep in Mind…
Gutters may seem easy to remove, but when heights are involved, it’s easy to neglect the little things. Do you have a safe ladder? If you’re using a flimsier ladder, make sure your helper can hold it in place.
Do you have an older electric drill that has a cable instead of a cordless battery pack? If so, have your handy helper keep an eye on it so it doesn’t get tangled or potentially get caught around your ladder’s legs.
Keep the above in the forefront of your mind when removing gutters. Little things equal big things when it comes to safety. Two heads are better than one, and two heads protected with helmets when doing anything on a ladder are even better.
Paul Sawchuk is a junk removal specialist working with JUSTJUNK®, a leading junk removal service provider. Learn more about Paul at www.JUSTJUNK.com.