Safety Tips When Handling or Using a Ladder

Ladders are important pieces of equipment that come in handy for numerous repairs. In fact, it’s difficult to thoroughly clean or inspect your gutters without one. Below, you will learn more about ladder safety to prevent injuries any time you use or handle a ladder.   Basic Safety Rules The American Ladder Institute points out that: many of the rules associated with ladder use are simply common-sense safety rules, that apply to any task. Of these, here are some of the most important: Do not climb a ladder if you are dizzy, tired, or prone to losing your balance.   Do not use a ladder in high winds or during a storm.   Always wear slip-resistant shoes.   Never attempt to… Continue reading »

Now Is a Good Time to Visually Inspect Your Gutters

Full-fledged gutter inspections are usually best put off until the warmer months when it’s safer to climb a ladder and get a closer look. However, even the winter can be a great time for simple visual inspections from the ground – and you might just spot something that could prevent a disaster from occurring, too. Here’s what you should look for during your wintertime visual inspection.   Things to Check During Your Basic Inspection   If there’s snow on the ground, you’ll likely want to conduct your inspection from the ground. The good news is that you can spot most of the serious issues that can cause problems in this way. When walking around your home, be sure to check… Continue reading »

Is That Rust on Your Gutter? Use These Tips to Keep it from Spreading

Over the life of your gutters, there’s a very good chance you will need to clean them (more than once) and perhaps even perform a few repairs. Of all the things that could possibly go wrong, rust is one of the most common — and unfortunately, it is also one of the worst things to go wrong. When left unchecked, rust can take over and render your gutters virtually useless. The tips below will help you keep rust in check and prevent unnecessary replacement.   What Causes Rust in the First Place?   Rust is the result of a chemical reaction between iron and oxygen when it meets water or moisture in the air. This combination results in the reddish-colored… Continue reading »

With the Autumn Leaves Starting to Fall, Now Is the Time to Have Your Gutters Inspected

With temperatures across the country beginning to drop, colorful fall foliage paints the landscape. And as the crisp fall winds start to blow, they’ll take some of those leaves with them. If you haven’t inspected your gutters this season, now is the time to do so. Here’s what you need to know about cleaning and inspecting your gutters this fall.   Why Is a Gutter Inspection So Important?   Your gutters serve one major purpose: to collect the rainwater falling from your roof and move it away from your home. Homeowners usually don’t spend much time thinking about their gutters until there’s an issue – and by that time, the damage can be substantial. As can the cost of repair…. Continue reading »