Weekly Tip for Oct 30: Cabin in Paradise: Maintenance Tips for Log Home Owners

<span>Weekly Tip for Oct 30:</span> Cabin in Paradise: Maintenance Tips for Log Home Owners
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    If you're fortunate enough to own a log home, you undoubtedly love the warm, rustic ambiance and casual country charm.

    However, proper maintenance is particularly important if you want your home to successfully weather the coming years.

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Following are seven tips that for log cabin owners designed to ensure your log home stays in the best possible shape for years to come.

Rodent Control

If your log home is a vacation place located in a wooded area near a lake or river, you’ll be spending time in the natural environment of many species of rodents. Log homes may have chinks and cracks where rodents can slip inside. Keep in mind that the average field mouse fits through a hole the size of a dime.

Prevent rodent infestations by keeping all possible entry points sealed up, but be sure to do this in late summer or early autumn before evening temperatures begin to dip, forcing local rodents to look for cozy quarters. It’s important to get the exterior of your home sealed up before they set up housekeeping inside your walls.

Insect and Termite Control

If your log home was built before the 1930s, it was most likely built from dense old growth timber, which has plenty of natural resistance to a variety of insect pests. However, log homes constructed after the 1930s are probably made using young wood from fast growing trees such as pine and spruce. Home crafted from cedar have some natural insect resistance, but his has been known to wane over time. Even old log homes made from old growth wood probably could use some insect protection by now.

Insect treatments vary by geographical location and the severity of the pest problem. If wood boring insects have developed a significant presence in your log home, whole-house fumigation may be in order. Otherwise, you can spot treat for problems using applicable over-the-counter pesticides, or you can opt to call in a professional exterminator to deal with insect problems.

One of the most important things to keep in mind is that log homes may be quite susceptible to termite infestations. Keep firewood covered and stacked off the ground at least 30 feet from your home, and never carry in more than enough for a couple of days. Because termites can also feed on paper, avoid stacking newspapers anywhere in your home, especially right next to wooden walls. Some log home owners opt to have borate treatments on their home exteriors to provide protection against a variety of insects.

Drain and Refill Your Hot Tub

Draining and refilling your hot tub on a regular basis is essential to enjoying your log home. Adding clean water and refreshing hot tub chemicals keeps the tub safe for everyone who uses it. Don’t forget to use a reliable hot tub chemical guide to get the mix right. Outdoor tubs should always be kept locked and covered when not in use.

Apply Sealant

A good sealant can protect your home from weather, humidity, insects, fungal pathogens, and other environmental damage. Be sure to use only sealants specifically manufactured for use on exterior wooden surfaces. Experts recommend resealing your log home every three-to-five years depending on conditions in your geographical area. If you live in an area with lots of atmospheric humidity and heavy precipitation, you may need to reseal more often than those living in drier locations.

Log home maintenance tasks are no more involved than those of other types of homes. Once you get used to their particular requirements, maintaining your log home will simply be an easy matter of routine.

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