Individuality is often praised in the United States, as is a ‘do-it-yourself’ attitude that many people try to adopt, but this isn’t the case for all situations. In particular, cleaning your own rain Gutters is one of the areas where people should leave it to the experts rather than trying to figure out how to do it and risk significant bodily injury.
In the United States, more than 500,000 people are treated each year just for falling from ladders. With such a high chance for failure, does it seem worth it to risk this injury?
There are many jobs that people leave up to professionals because they realize that they are not suited for the work. Would you try to build your own home from scratch or try to rewire your own electrical circuits? Cleaning your Gutters is the same situation. It is something that should be left to professionals who have trained themselves for the jobs and have the tools of the trade that are necessary.
While the job itself of scooping debris out of your gutter system might not seem too difficult, getting to the lofty heights that are necessary in order to do it make it a foolish decision for all but trained experts. Between 1990 and 2005, ladder injuries rose by 50% and 97.3% of these injuries came from people who did not use a ladder occupationally. This seems to paint quite a black and white picture of the scene. Very few trained workers have injuries while on the job and those who do always have insurance so that they will be covered. Professionals clearly have all the tools and equipment necessary to complete the job; why gamble with your well-being?
You have a few options.
#1- Do the job yourself and risk possibly getting injured and missing work. You most likely will try to clean your Gutters on your weekend off.
#2- Hire someone you know or someone out of the paper. They may be cheaper on pricing but they most likely do not carry the proper insurance or have the training, knowledge and skills to perform the job properly. If an uninsured worker gets injured at your home they may need to sue you to pay for their medical bills.
#3- Hire a professional gutter cleaning service with the proper gutter cleaning equipment (ladders). A professional should carry liability insurance. A professional with good references, training and on the job experience.
The choice is always yours but I think enjoying your weekend off and not getting injured seems reasonable to me.