Taking Precautions Before Cleaning Your Gutters

Man shown cleaning gutters on his home

We believe in gutter systems that require no cleaning or un-clogging, but realize that some people still have gutters that require such maintenance. Here are some safety tips for those of you that get up on the ladder to unclog gutters. It is important to be aware of the dangers related to unclogging gutters so take precaution before starting this task.


Always consider the weather forecast. Rain will cause the ladder and roof to be slippery and hazardous. Heat will make surfaces hot, and the hot sun might warrant some sunscreen. These are simple considerations, but necessary ones.

Dress Appropriately

It’s important to dress for the weather. Even if it’s hot, long sleeves and/or pants are still a good idea to avoid contact and cuts. Gloves are a necessity.

Ladder Safety

Things to check off before you begin climbing:

  • Make sure the ladder is on solid ground
  • Don't go about this by yourself. Make sure to have a spotter to hold the ladder in place for you.
  • Use the right ladder for the roof height. Do not try to make a step ladder work if you are reaching very high. At that point, an extension ladder is needed.
  • Follow additional ladder safety rules.

Operating on a tall ladder or a slanted roof brings with it some inherent dangers. That is why it’s important to take every precaution before cleaning or un-clogging gutters.

Power Line Awareness

Some homes have power lines attached or close to the roof. Do you know where all your power lines are? The first step would be to find that out. If you learn that power lines are near your roof, then you need to stay away from them and proceed with caution when you are anywhere on the roof.

A LeafGuard gutter system requires zero maintenance, but if you choose to perform regular gutter maintenance around your house, please do so responsibly.