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The Dangers Of Gutter Cleaning

The Dangers Of Gutter Cleaning

Your gutters only really serve one function. They move water from your roof to your drain pipes, hopefully with the minimum of fuss. However, ‘fuss’ can reach maximum point if there are blockages in the way of this process. That might be fallen leaves, wind blow dirt, and other kind of debris. Blocked gutters can cause water to overflow your gutters, which could lead to problems with roof leaks, foundation problems due to water pooling down there, and the gutter itself failing, due to the extra weight of the water.

However, before that has happened, you’ve noticed your gutters might have a blockage. Perhaps you’ve noticed water spilling over the gutters even in only gentle rain, or you’ve noticed plant life growing in your gutters, or maybe your gutters are already beginning to deform due to the weight of the blockage. Whatever the case, what do you do next? Well, obviously, you clean the gutters, but do you do it yourself, or should you let the professionals clean your gutters for you?

Spoiler Alert.

You should let the professionals clean the gutters for you. Just wanted to get that out there, to alleviate any tension you might have at reading this post.

People Die Falling Off Ladders

This is a morbid one to start off with, but it is true. More than 200 people every year die in Australia due to ladder related accidents. We don’t know how many of them were trying to clean their gutters, but the issue here is the ladders themselves. Do you trust your ladder with your life? Do you trust your ability to balance on the ladder?

And remember, you’re not just climbing up the ladder. You are working from that ladder to clean the gutters. Your complete concentration can not be focused on keeping your balance. Your centre of gravity is constantly shifting and your concentration is constantly shifting.

Professionals are used to this. They work from ladders as part of their everyday job. It makes sense leaving working from heights to the professionals.

Your Gutter Might Not Be Reliable.

To get to your gutters, you need a ladder. To climb a ladder, you need to place the ladder against something. The most obvious thing to place the ladder against is the gutters near where the blockage is occurring.

But just remember what I said earlier. The extra weight of the blockage and the water in the gutter could cause the gutter itself to fail. In other words, the very thing you need to trust to place your ladder against … you can’t trust, because you don’t know how compromised it has become due to the blockage you believe is up there.

Professional gutter cleaners know where to place their ladders. They know how to tell how strong the gutter is, and whether it can support their weight.

It just makes sense to bring in the professional gutter cleaners to do your gutter cleaning for you. They know how to work from ladders, they know how to determine how safe a gutter is. You don’t need to put yourself at risk of a life threatening or life ending injury.

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Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring has sprung. The grass is riz. I wonder where the birdy is. The bird is on the wing. That’s funny, I thought the wing is on the bird.

A little ditty, possible attributable to Spike Milligan, but I can’t be sure. But spring comes once a year, like clockwork.

See! The winter is past …  (see the Song of Songs in the Bible). This also happens regularly. And we can escape from our warm caves and step out into the bright new land. And look around. It is time to think about spring cleaning.

What can you do to spruce up your dwelling? Before you get started with broom and duster, spray cleaner and sponge, it might be a good idea to create a clearway, and take away the bits and pieces that seem to accumulate, whether you like it or not. Things like that artificial plant that Aunt Mildred gave you for your birthday two years ago. Or the indoor bowls set-up that you bought at the flea market for a pittance. Or the old dresser that came from the previous house, and you can’t bear to part with it, except that it is broken down and not much use.

So step 1 in the spring cleaning process is to clear away the detritus.

So make a list (in your head, if there’s enough room) and examine the pros and cons of keeping each item. Some things may evoke memories that you are not keen to forget. Maybe they cost a lot of money, even though they don’t do the job you bought them to do.

Clean out your cupboards … to make room for more “stuff”! … get the car out of the garage, and make a pile of your things so you can sort them out. Remember there are various websites where you can put items up for sale or swap. Clothes your kids have grown out of, or toys they don’t want to play with any more; your own clothes – doesn’t everyone have some clothes they don’t (can’t) wear any more? Or if you don’t want to do that, look into donating to charity. Of course charity doesn’t want rubbishy stuff, so be sensible about that. Then there’s recycling, although your yellow bin may not be able to cope on its own.  The left overs are therefore destined for the dump.

Now how big is your throw-away pile on the garage floor. Too big to fit in the boot of your car? If there’s an old mattress, a broken down clothes dryer or other large appliance in that pile, you may want to think about getting help to take them away. What about a Rubbish Removalist? There are a few of those around. Save yourself the time, energy, and potential damage, to you and your home, and hire a rubbish removal company. You’ve already done half the work, let a professional finish it off for you. They will even separate the recyclables from the rubbish, and dispose of them accordingly.

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