The holidays are over, and if you are like most people, you may still have some holiday lights on your house that you haven’t had time to take down yet.
Despite the work, hanging lights and decorating for the holidays makes the season festive and fun. But just like when the time comes to take down the tree and indoor decorations, it’s not much fun to have to take your exterior lights down either!
Before you rush outside and start taking your holiday lights down, here are a few tips from our team at The Rhino Gutter Company to ensure that your lights are removed safely so you can avoid damage to your roof and gutters:
Though we know you want to get this over as quickly as possible, it is important to prioritize your safety and protect your decorations—and your home—from wear and tear.
Before doing anything, make sure that your ladder is in good working condition so you can avoid a mishap. And never stand on the top ladder step.
Take Your Time
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to get all the lights down in less than a day, especially if you went all out and have lights strung all over your house. Have your family pitch in to wrap up the lights and stow away extension cords once you have removed them.
Choose a Good-Weather Day
Since you have to get up on the roof or ladder to take down your lights, choose a clear, sunny day. Don’t try to complete this task at the end of a workday when the sun is setting. You need plenty of good lighting for your safety and to prevent the breakage of your holiday lights.
Dress for the Task
Since you will be up on a ladder and perhaps standing on a roof, it is a good idea to wear sturdy shoes to prevent slipping. If it’s cold, wear plenty of layers, and don’t rule out wearing a hard hat to protect your head! You might think it looks silly, but it could save your life in the event of a fall.
Use the Buddy System
When you’re on the ladder, have a friend or family member hold your ladder steady as you climb up. While you are taking down the lights, make sure that someone is always outside with you so if you fall unexpectedly there is someone to call for help.
If your children are outside with you, make sure that one of them is old enough to understand how to call 911.
Avoid Pulling Lights
We know you are in a hurry to get this task completed, but do NOT pull the lights to remove them from their gutter clips. This can cause damage to the shingles, eaves, and gutters of your home, leading to costly repairs.
Instead, remove them methodically by going slowly along the gutters or roofline and place the gutter clips in a bag as you go, so they’ll all be in one place when you go to decorate next year. While you’re at it, make sure to wrap your lights on a light spool, or around a rolled-up piece of cardboard or paper towel tube. Trust us, this will save you A LOT of time untangling lights next year!
Check Your Gutters
Since you’re up there anyway, now would be a great time to check your gutters for wear and tear and to sweep off any debris if you have Rhino Gutter Guards installed. See, now you’ve killed two birds with one stone!
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Protect Your Gutter System with The Rhino
We know that the next holiday season is far away, but NOW is the time to ensure that your gutters are in good condition for the upcoming rainy season and this year’s holiday decorating. Our team at The Rhino Gutter Company can inspect your gutters for wear and tear, install a new seamless gutter system, and equip your gutters with our patented Rhino Gutter Guards!
Ensure that your gutters are in tip-top condition year-round with The Rhino Gutter Company. Call us today for a consultation—813-590-5936!