Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A Spring Cleaning Checklist for Your Log Home

A Spring Cleaning Checklist for Your Log Home
Now that the cold days of winter are finally starting to recede, you’re probably pretty eager to get outside and catch up on some work around the house. Why not start by treating your home to a little spring cleaning? Log home construction is remarkably durable, but a few months of harsh winter weather can still take a toll. Fortunately, a little seasonal cleaning can go a long way toward preserving your log home for the future.   

Exterior Wash

There are a number of cleaning products available to help you remove all manner of grit and grime from your home’s exterior.  They can also curb the growth of mold and mildew which are of particular concern after wet winters. These products can be applied with a garden hose, so you won’t have to run out and buy a pressure washer.

Inspect for Rot

As you wash your home, keep an eye out for any logs with rot and decay. If you notice any significant rot, you may have to call in the professionals to have it repaired or replaced. Whatever you do, don’t just ignore it. If you’re not sure how to remedy the problem, seek a professional consultation to determine the best course of action.

Apply Finish

Consider resealing your log home every few years. This will help to protect it from a number of environmental threats such as water intrusions and insect invasions. You can test the water-resistance of your log home with a spray bottle. Simply spray a section of wood and watch to see if the water beads on the surface or soaks into the wood. If it doesn’t bead, it’s time to reseal.

Clear Gutters

This is an essential maintenance item in any home, but it’s especially important in log homes. Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause rain water to run straight down your home’s exterior, increasing the risk of mold and mildew growth. Prolonged exposure to rainfall can also lead to rot if your home isn’t properly sealed. Keeping your gutters clear will ensure that rain water is deposited safely away from your home.  

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