The Dangers of DIY Gutter Work & Why You Should Hire a Professional

Risks of DIY Gutter Work, Gutter in need of repair during rain

Dear Homeowners,

As we enter the season of home maintenance, itโ€™s essential to consider the safety risks associated with DIY gutter work. While it might seem like a straightforward task, statistics show a significant number of injuries and fatalities occur each year due to improper ladder use and electrical hazards. Here are some eye-opening facts and reasons why you should reconsider taking on this task yourself:

  • Workplace fatalities from ladders: 161
  • Workplace injuries from ladders: 22,710
  • Ladder injuries in installation, maintenance, and repair jobs: 5,790
  • Ladder injuries in construction and extraction jobs: 5,370
  • Ladder injuries in service jobs: 3,160

Common Causes of Ladder-Related Injuries

  1. Incorrect Extension Ladder Setup Angle
    • In about 40% of cases, ladder-related injuries are caused by a ladder sliding out at the base from an incorrect setup angle.
  2. Inappropriate Ladder Selection
    • Selecting a ladder with the proper size and duty rating is crucial to avoid instability and structural failure. However, many DIYers lack knowledge of proper ladder selection.
  3. Insufficient Ladder Inspection
    • Regular inspection and maintenance are necessary to reduce the likelihood of ladder structural failure.
  4. Improper Ladder Use
    • Examples of improper use include overreaching while on the ladder, carrying objects while climbing, and applying excessive force.
  5. Lack of Access to Ladder Safety Tools and Information
    • Many individuals do not receive the necessary training for the safe use of portable ladders, leading to higher risks of accidents.

Electrical Hazards

Between 2011 and 2020, overhead power lines were responsible for 39% of all electrically related workplace fatalities. These incidents often occurred in occupations with little to no electrical safety training, emphasizing the importance of safety awareness on job sites.

From 2003 to 2019, the leading activities associated with electrical fatalities included constructing, repairing, and cleaning (52%), followed by using or operating tools or machinery (27%). Specific occupations most at risk included construction laborers, electrical power installers, and repairers, with construction workers experiencing the highest number of fatalities.

Additionally, nonfatal electrical injuries involving days away from work increased by 22% in 2019 compared to 2018, with the construction industry leading in these incidents. It is crucial for workers to maintain a safe distance from overhead power lines and adhere to proper safety protocols to prevent these accidents.

Risks of Improper Gutter Installation

Improper installation of gutter guards can void your roof warranty, cause roof damage, or lead to potential dry rot due to poor installation. Using products like Flex Seal to reseal leaks can exacerbate problems, ultimately costing more when you need professional repairs. Most gutter companies offer warranties on their installations because they recognize these issues can occur if not handled properly.

Stay Safe, Hire a Professional

Given these risks, itโ€™s clear that DIY gutter work is not worth the potential dangers. Professional installers have the training, experience, and equipment to perform the job safely and effectively. For more detailed statistics and safety recommendations, visit the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) website.

Stay safe and protect your home by choosing professional gutter installation services. Visit Auravex Gutters for professional gutter installation and more.