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The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer.  Thankfully, we still have some nice weather ahead of us, and we can use that to our advantage when getting our homes ready for winter.  Making sure your home is prepared for winter can help save you high repair costs in the future, as well as keep you home in good condition during those cold winter months.  Here’s a list of home maintenance projects that every homeowner should do in the fall.  Time Equipment Rental and Sales is your number one Rapid City equipment rental provider and can help you with all of your fall home maintenance needs.

Gutter Detail

Cleaning gutters isn’t a job most homeowners are itching to do every day.  In fact, it’s probably a job many of us would love to ignore.  However, cleaning out your gutters is an important home maintenance practice that all homeowners need to adopt. Clogged gutters can overflow and when they do, they can cause ice dams on the roof that force water inside your house.   Clogged gutters can also get so heavy that they’ll pull loose, which exposes the trim and siding to rot.  Even if your gutter doesn’t fill so much that it begins to overflow each season, leaving any decaying debris in there is an invitation to carpenter ants and mosquitoes. Cleaning out your gutters should be a home maintenance chore for the fall and spring.  However, if you have a lot of trees around your house, you might want to clean your gutters even more frequently. As your Rapid City equipment rental experts, we rent boom lifts and pressure washers to help you keep those gutters clean with ease.

Keep the Heat

One of the easiest fall home maintenance chores is caulking your windows and doorframes; it’s also one of the cheapest.  Caulking the spaces around your windows and doorframes keeps the heat inside your house during the winter months.  While this little tip won’t cut your energy bills in half, it will keep you from spending more than you need to in order to heat your home.  In addition to helping tame your heating bills, sealing gaps and cracks in window and doorframes also provides another benefit; it keeps water out.  When water gets into cracks and openings during the fall and winter months it can freeze.  Because water expands when it freezes, it can increase the size of the initial crack.  As the cracks get bigger, they allow for more water, which not only repeats the cycle but allows for mold and mildew to grow.

Proof your Roof 

It’s a good idea to check the situation of the shingles on your roof.  Homeowners, especially in South Dakota, know what kind of havoc the weather can wreak on a roof.  The roof is your home’s first line of defense against the weather, and being proactive in home maintenance with your roof can save you plenty of trouble and headache down the road.  Check your roof for any warning signs.  Look for shingles that may be buckled, cracked, or missing; check for rust spots on flashing. After your make note of all of the trouble spots, replace any loose, damaged, or missing shingles immediately. Black algae stains are just cosmetic, but masses of moss and lichen could signal that your roof is decaying underneath.  By performing this little bit of home maintenance, you can avoid paying for much more costly repairs down the road.  Save even more money with Rapid City equipment rentals by checking out our selection of nailers and power tools.

Check your Drainage

It’s always important to have proper drainage away from the foundation of your home.  With winter approaching and the ground hardening, now is the time to make sure that you’ve got the proper drainage in place.  Look closely at the soil around your foundation and make sure it slopes away from your house.  Ideally, you’ll want the slope to be at least 6 vertical inches over 10 feet. In doing this, you’ll keep water from soaking the soils around your foundation, which could lead to cracks and leaks.  You’ll also want to be sure that the soil doesn’t touch your siding.  To preserve your home's exterior siding and foundation from insects and moisture, make sure that dirt, dense vegetation, mulch, or anything the can hold moisture against your home is properly cleared away.  It can be a lengthy home maintenance chore, but it’s one that can save you a lot of money in foundation repairs in the future.  Looking for equipment rentals in Rapid City?  Check our great selection of landscaping tools at Time Equipment, we offer skid steers, trenchers, excavators, and more!

Check your Paint

It’s also a good idea to walk around the perimeter of your home and check for cracked and chipping paint.  Look to see if paint on your home’s exterior is blistering or bubbling.  This could be a sign that the paint can no longer protect the exterior of your home.  If this is left uncorrected, the siding itself could deteriorate, which could lead to extensive home repairs in the future. 

These simple home maintenance tips can help you save money on future, costly repairs and Time Equipment Rental and Sales can help you make sure that your home is ready for winter.  We’re your premier Rapid City equipment rental provider and can help you with landscaping equipment, painting equipment, nailers for roofing jobs, and more.  Give us a call at 605-348-2360 or stop on by and let our experts show you why we’re the best choice for your Rapid City equipment rentals.

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