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The Hidden Dangers Of Cleaning Your Gutters

10 August 2020

Gutter Cleaning Can Be Dangerous

Did you know gutter cleaning is actually dangerous? Every year there are thousands of injuries and even deaths from home-related accidents. Outside of the home, falling off ladders while cleaning gutters is a major contributor to the accidents. The dangers of gutter cleaning become greater with increasing age and infirmity. There are many causes of ladder accidents while cleaning gutters at home. Among these causes are:

  • Instability Of The Ladder Being Used: If your ladder is not fully stable in the ground, you could easily experience your ladder falling over or unstable when climbing up it. Make sure it is not showing any signs of deterioration or damage before heading outside to clean your gutters.
  • Vertigo Or Dizziness: Some people can be affected by heights and losing balance on a high ladder is a very dangerous situation.
  • Contact with Electrical Wiring: Heavy rain can be a bit disruptive and after the rainy season, some wiring and power lines can get damaged. While getting ready to clean your gutters, be sure to check for loose electrical wires near your roof that could compromise your safety.
  • Mold Spores: Dark, humid spaces filled with leaves, branches, etc. usually attract animals and foster the growth of mold and other fungi. If your gutters are infested, you could expose yourself to many diseases just by picking up the debris with your bare hands. It is crucial to use gloves while cleaning your gutters.
By wearing you will protect yourself against decomposing leaves that can contain bird and squirrel droppings which are full of bacteria.
By wearing gloves you will protect yourself against decomposing leaves that can contain bird and squirrel droppings that are full of bacteria.

Home Safety Is Important

Individuals over the age of 65 face a much higher risk of accidents. When someone is on a ladder, what might have been a minor stumble or fall can quickly become something much more serious. Instead of risking your life to get up on a ladder to clean out your gutters, invest in a gutter system that will let you put the ladder away forever. Home safety should be a prime consideration for a responsible homeowner. By eliminating a dangerous job, quality of life is improved as well as a greater peace of mind achieved.


With LeafGuard® Gutters, you will never have to risk your life climbing up on a ladder again.

Put The Ladder Away Forever With LeafGuard® Gutters

Instead of pulling out the ladder and cleaning out the gutters yourself, call LeafGuard® of Oklahoma to get the best gutter system installed: LeafGuard® Gutters. LeafGuard® Gutters is a one-piece seamless guttering system that eliminates the risk of clogs and ensures that rainwater can flow freely without gunky buildup blocking the way. You can finally put the ladder away for good with never having to worry about finding gutter maintenance or taking time to clean out your gutters. At LeafGuard® of Oklahoma, we will gladly meet with you to review your options and explain how LeafGuard® Gutters will benefit your Oklahoma home! Call us today to get set up with a free estimate!