As the days are getting shorter and there is that slight nip in the air, you know we’re heading into fall. I can’t say I’m disappointed, Fall is my favorite of the four seasons after all, but there is something sad to be saying goodbye to the long, warm, and carefree days of summer. Around our home, we’re even starting on our fall chores—to make sure that our home is ready for the coming days of colder weather, falling leaves, and kids back in school!
One of the things that we do every year is make sure our rain gutters are in good condition and free of debris. Our gutters will be getting their work out as fall comes upon us and they get clogged up with soggy leaves during a rainstorm. Cleaning out your gutters can be a tricky job—not only are you up on a (hopefully not too) rickety ladder, but you’re dealing with who-knows-what has ended up in the gutters since they were last cleaned. We’ve put together some safety tips for all of you who are thinking about checking out your gutters this weekend.
1) Make sure you have some great work gloves. You never know what may have ended up in those gutters and you want to ensure that you don’t accidentally cut your hands with debris. This essential will not only help keep your hands safe from cuts and scrapes but will also protect from any bacteria and mold that could cause serious infections.
2) In the name of eye and face safety, you should also consider wearing protective eyewear so that if you find a surprise shooting out of the gutters, your eyes will be safe and sound.
3) A sturdy ladder is your best friend when you’re working on your gutters. Make sure that the ladder is firmly planted in the ground with adequate supports before climbing up it. You also want to make sure that it is tall enough that you can stand on the ladder and easily reach the gutters without straining.
4) A bucket to keep the discarded debris. A good bucket should be able to sit firmly and safely on your sturdy ladder so there is no stretching or straining to toss away leaves and other debris while you’re on the ladder.
5) A good garden hose should also be within easy reach of your ladder (and should ideally be attached via a hook or something similar to make sure that you can easily access and put it away). A garden hose should have good pressure and ideally the ability to turn the water on and off via a spray nozzle.
6) Finally, if you are cleaning out your gutters after the leaves have been falling en masse, you should definitely consider a solid gutter scoop to help lift out those leaves and other debris from your gutters. Some people note that you should avoid metal scoops as they may cause damage to your rain gutters and no one wants that to happen.
Do you have any other tips for us as we’re prepping our home for the beginning of fall?