The Dangers of DIY Gutter Cleaning – 2012 Update

BY May, 21 2012
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Before you decide to DIY clean your gutters, understand the risks of DIY gutter cleaning and the benefit of hiring Ned Stevens.

Have you had a peek inside your gutters lately? Don’t climb up there. Let us fill you in!

What’s waiting inside is an accumulation of oak tassels, ragweed, helicopters and seed pods which have fallen from trees as a result of the trees reproducing.  

Clogged Gutters: Why They’re Bad News

Your gutters are clogged beyond belief, and without a proper cleaning, they may cause:

  • Extensive water damage to your home
  • Basement flooding
  • Foundation damage
  • A breeding ground for mosquitoes to develop
  • Damage to your landscape

If you ever want to enjoy a nice, bug-free night sitting on your porch, hopping up on a ladder and cleaning your gutters yourself may seem like the easiest solution. However, Ned Stevens URGES you to stay off that ladder!

DIY Don’ts: Why You Should Hire a Professional

According to the United Press Institute (UPI), there are 187,000 ladder injuries a year in the United States. The most common injuries stem from ladder instability, poor ladder maintenance, contact with electrical wiring, improper clothing, and/or vertigo issues. As a result, it is recommended that individuals who possess homes larger than two-stories refrain from all DIY gutter cleaning or gutter installation projects. The gutters proximity to the edge of a home’s roof provides a particularly unstable spot to safely reach and tend to. Gutters also span the entire perimeter of a home, requiring many trips up and down a ladder. These trips cause fatigue and fatigue greatly increases the chance of an accident occurring.

With that said, hiring a pro is the safest way to go even if you find juggling a hose, scoop, and bucket, while standing 20 feet up on a ladder, easy as pie. Due to their light-weight design, aluminum rain gutters are cut to have extremely sharp edges. Even if you are wearing construction grade gloves, your chance of sustaining a cut while gutter cleaning is extraordinarily high. To make matters worse, the cuts received while gutter cleaning often become infected from the mold and bacteria growing inside the gutter. In severe circumstances, amputation may even result.

Ned Stevens: Fully Bonded and Insured

Our gutter cleaning professionals are trained to handle on the job hazards, and are fully bonded and insured, so you don’t have to worry about our guys. With Ned Stevens, your gutters are in good hands!

Jeopardizing one’s health is never a good reason to save a few bucks. Life is too precious to gamble and the amount of money spent on one trip to the ER will be more than the price needed to have Ned Stevens services your gutters for years.

Avoid the hassle and frustration and give us a call today!

Get $25 Off First Time Gutter Cleaning!


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