Firstly I must stress that to do this job properly you'd be better of paying a professional such as www.gutteringdirect.com A professional will be fully insured plus experienced when climbing ladders.
You will see that a lot of companies are starting to tell you the customer that they can clear your guttering from ground level... The problem with this is! What if you need a bracket repair? Or new seals, plus if you have downpipe filters how do they prevent the hover from sucking the filter out? I could mock gutter hovers all day and produce a hundred reason as to why it fails! Anyhow...
Ok. You want to save a few quid by clearing your own guttering?
1 - if you have a standard 2 story home you'll need a ladder extension of atleast 22 feet.
2 - obviously you'll need a head for heights. You will also need somebody to foot the ladder whilst your up the top.
3 - you'll need 2 buckets, one small for using up the ladder and one large for emptying the contents of the smaller bucket into. (Never try to carry a half full bucket up the ladder, you might lose balance)
4 - wear a pair of heavy duty rubber gloves over the top of general rubber washing up gloves. Guttering can spring surprises, you never know what you'll find inside. From moss, bird muck & leafs to tile grain, nails & cement.
5 - make sure you complete the job on a dry, sunny and still day.
6 - wear an appropriate pair of boots with a decent grip sole.
7 - finally, this is a mucky job. Wear some overalls that you can take off before entering the home. That'll keep you wife/girlfriend happy. :-/
So we start with placing the ladder. Make sure the ladder is standing on a level surface and the top of the ladder either leans against the brick wall or lies flush under the guttering firmly slotted onto the fascia so that the guttering presses down on the ladder clipping it.
Take the small bucket, place the handle over your wrist so that you can use both hands whilst climbing the ladder. Make sure your friend is ready to foot the ladder and then commence to climb to the top. If you have any doubts, or you feel giddy or unbalanced or shaky then give up now and call Guttering Direct. I have come across to many fatal takes of people who have actually killed them selfs in the act of climbing a ladder to do roofing or guttering work. For the sake of £45 to £80 for gutter cleaning it really isn't worth killing your self over.
Ok... You have reached the top if the ladder! Don't look down!!!! Concentrate on getting on hand in the gutters and pulling the debri out. Some might wonder why I haven't told you to use a hand trowel to clear the guttering with. Well, it's easier and safer to use your hands for one good reason, you can catch a hand trail on the edge of a roof tile or the guttering and lose your balance. Once you build up confidence you can make mistakes so gloves on hands are good enough.
So.. You've begun! If you own a terrace property then you'll have to climb the ladder atleast 4 times on either side of the house. Just repeat the above and make sure your friend footing the ladder wears a hard hat just Incase you drop something.
Ok... So now your a guttering man! Don't give up your day job!!!! Gutter clearing is a high risk service that only professionals should do but of course it's not against the law for you to clear your own gutters but remember we complete this service every day of the year.
If this blog has helped you complete a service on your guttering then congratulations! If you found it easy then well done. If of course you had an accident then please remember guttering direct take no responsibility for your choosing to climb a ladder.
Oh, one last thing.
You can always call Guttering Direct on 07918 121792 that'll solve your guttering issues.