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Removing Christmas Lights Without Damage

January 04, 2019
Removing Christmas Lights


The holiday season is over, and the new year has begun. It’s now time for everyone’s favorite time of year- Christmas decoration cleanup! While you might have already taken down the tree, what about those pretty (but now pesky) lights you spent too much time hanging? Now it’s time to undo all of your hard work and to top it off, it is most likely much colder out now than when you originally hung them! But the job must get done, so you bundle yourself up and head outside to get this over with as quickly as possible…but wait!

Before you run outside and start pulling the holiday lights down, check these tips to ensure everything gets taken down properly and safely so no damage is done- to yourself or your roof!

  1. Be Safe!
    1. Just as when you originally hung them up, you need to follow proper ladder safety. Make sure your ladder is in good working condition and never stand on the top step. Make sure it is clear from any ice or snow and save yourself from an unnecessary fall!
  2. Take Your Time
    1. This is a no-brainer, but don’t rush. Rushing now only increases your risk of falling, but it can also cause damage to your home and roof by trying to remove items too quickly. It may take time, but it will save you time and money down the road.
  3. Don’t Pull the Lights!
    1. We know you are in a hurry and we know it’s cold. But do NOT pull the lighting strands to remove them from their clips! This can damage the shingles, eaves, or gutters you’ve attached the lights to and can lead to costly repairs.

By following safety procedures and playing it safe, you lessen your risk of damage to yourself and your home. It may take longer than you wanted or planned, but in the end, you have a damage-free roof and no broken limbs!

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If you are in need of roofing, windows, siding or gutter work, please contact us today and set up an appointment. McKinnis is safely serving the Blair, Omaha, and Lincoln areas, and we would be happy to help you with your next home exterior project!