Cleaning the gutters of any building is an essential part of maintenance. It’s a chore, we admit. It’s one of those things no one really wants to do, for a multitude of reasons. However, for the right person or the right mindset, the process can be exhilarating.
How exciting gutter cleaning can be will vary based on a few details.
For starters, you need to find the right person for the job. This person should be the sort who doesn’t mind doing menial, repetitive, detail-oriented work. Ideally, you want this person to actually be good at that sort of work.
Repetitive work is the sort of thing that can be great for you if you need to clear your head. Your body goes into auto-pilot, letting the brain run around with its own thoughts. You can start thinking, be creative to stave off boredom and repetition.
I’ve even met a couple of people who liken such tedium to a Zen-like experience. Their mind clears, and there is nothing but the rhythm of their own movements. It is a moment of perfect clarity when the mind is emptied of all concerns, allowing new insights to flood in.
A second requirement is that they should enjoy working at heights.
Gutters tend to be above the ground. The bigger the building, the higher up you need to go. For our theatre, it’s a pretty decent height. We’re not a skyscraper or anything, but we’re high enough that you can get vertigo looking down.
For someone who likes working with heights, they’re in for a mild treat. They’re high up enough to get a mild thrill. They’ll probably have safety gear – it’s basically a requirement the higher up you go – but you can still look down.
When you do, if you’re high enough, that view is a real wallop. It’s hard to compare that to anything unless you’re into extreme sports and jump off high buildings with a bungee cord.
Now, if you want the gutter cleaning team to enjoy their work, you’ll want people who like visual puzzles and challenges.
Why? It’s simple, really. Gutters can get damaged. There are holes, there are leaks. Signs of water damage can definitely tell you there is one, but they’re not always confined to where the leak came from. This means it can be a bit of a mental puzzle to find the problem.
Think of it as a game of “Where’s Waldo?”. You’re looking for a minute detail in a large space, and it’s going to be tough to spot. Sometimes it won’t be, but the best ones are. If you find it, you can revel in the sense of accomplishment that comes with completing a challenge.
Of course, none of this is really going to help on what comes after the cleaning. There’s a lot of clutter and debris that needs to be packed. This is all part of roof maintenance.
Unless you’re a former alcoholic that turned to obsessive cleaning as your new addiction, this part isn’t really going to be fun.