We are an exterior finishing company specializing in installation
and maintenance of gutters and siding in the Vancouver Lower Mainland.

Before Cleaning the Gutters

Now that it’s spring, you should be gearing up for that chore everyone loves, cleaning the gutters. It’s not just a matter of setting up a ladder and grabbing a trash bag. Make the gutter cleaning process a bit easier on yourself: take the time to prepare before you begin.

Safety

When cleaning the gutters safety first; safety always. Don’t risk injury when it can be prevented. Necessary safety precautions include:

  • using the right kind of ladder – do you need one with an extension? what is its maximum weight capacity?
  • checking the ladder for loose hardware, worn rungs and broken parts
  • having someone hold the ladder while you are on it – even if the ladder is level and it feels secure
  • moving the ladder instead of overreaching

Dress for Success

Gutter cleaning is a dirty job. Ensure you are dressed properly for the task at hand by wearing:

  • protective eyewear/safety goggles
  • work or rubber gloves
  • shoes with rubber soles
  • long sleeves

Home Exterior

Get your home exterior ready for when you clean the gutters by:

  • closing all windows and doors
  • turning off the power to any nearby outdoor outlets
  • covering any outlets with plastic if the power can’t be turned off
  • removing anything such as the barbeque grill, bicycles, etc. that might be sprayed by water and/or gunk
  • wrapping plants, trees or shrubs in a protective tarp

Roof

Start at the top: plan on cleaning the roof first. If you don’t, accumulated debris from the roof will end up in your freshly cleaned gutters.

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