Domestic Gutter clearing - part 1

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  1. Gav

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    Domestic Gutter clearing - part 1

    Introduction

    It’s an often overlooked maintenance chore for homeowners and landlords to check and to keep house guttering & downspouts clear and free flowing. Generally people don’t give it a thought until they visually see they have a problem normally in heavy rain. The added weight on blocked guttering can often lead to failure of the guttering brackets, joints and warp plastic guttering. In the worst cases can actually fall away completely from the building. Not to mention blocked and overflowing guttering & downspouts can lead to expensive repair bills due to rainwater not being diverted away from the structure of the building.


    Most people due to the inherent danger of working at roofline height using ladders to check & clear guttering and downspouts would prefer to pay someone to have their guttering maintained as is a difficult and dangerous task especially when access is an issue for instance over pitched ground floor extensions, above conservatories etc. Sadly a number of people each year get badly injured and killed attempting to clear guttering.

    So as a window cleaner you have been asked by a customer can you clear and/or clean their guttering. Great you think as I can earn a bit more money. No problem I can do that I hear you say.

    Now take a step back and ask yourself the following questions:

    1. am I insured for gutter clearing/cleaning work not just public liability but includes property being worked upon?

    2. do I have the right equipment and tools for the job especially to overcome awkward access issues?

    3. can I do the job as safely as possible without putting myself at extra risk?

    If you answer "no" to any of the above questions then would be wise you address them before attempting to take on any gutter clearing/cleaning work.

    I've started this gutter clearing blog that some may find over the next few weeks helpful and hopefully will end up being a useful one stop resource for gutter clearing related information. Would also like members input too so don’t be shy to use the “discuss resources” button to add your comments, questions and experiences.
    Written by Smurf
     
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    Thanks Gav for reminding me as I suppose I need to write part 2 when I have some time on my hands.

    In the meantime if anyone would like to ask any questions please feel free to ask.
     
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    No problem. I have moved the lost from blog back into forum areas and ditched the blog.
     
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    Smurf, I am thinking of buying an Ankalad Ladder Stabiliser. They look great. What do you do if the gutters of the home your working on have to be accessed by a ladder used on a sloped or uneven floor surface, are you still able to use the Ankalad Stabiliser on a slant? Any feedback is most appreciated.
     
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    I am sure Smurf will be along soon to help you out.
     
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    Yes you can upto a point as the stabiliser legs are adjustable. I say upto a point as you have to screw your loaf if trying to set it up on say step sloping banks. The ankalad is still the best bit of kit I have ever bought as well as a microlite standoff.;)

     
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    Thanks that's helpful, I have my eye on them.

    I have a number of customers asking to have the gutters cleared and / or cleaned. I want to try and make it easier and quicker, because to be honest it can take some time depending on how badly neglected they are and I have a few to do.

    So I have another question, what do you think of the ProGutter telescopic pole extention tools for reaching and clearing jobs? Do you or your friends know anything about them, whether they are strong and tough or flimsy and likely to snap? The reason being is that some of my clearing work tends to be quite heavily soiled and really I need something to reach it that wont break no matter how heavy the clearing is to do. Your feedback is most welcome. So is anyone else's'.
     
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    If you take a look at progutter facebook page you will see some pics I sent Danny. Need to scroll down a fair bit but look out for ones with the redish wfp and progutter tool clearing gutters & roof valleys https://www.facebook.com/progutter

    I've given my progutter tools some real abuse and not broke one yet ;)
     
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    Come on Smurf wheres part 2 ;)
     
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    #10 Smurf, Jun 6, 2014
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    I've just got in & am knackered :D
     
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