Log home maintenance done on a regular basis is one way to avoid LOG HOME REPAIR! As a log home owner, you can be the best “advocate” for the health of your log home.
It doesn’t take an expert to do some of these “check up” items. It does takes some time but you can catch some potential problems before they become expensive problems.
Checking For Rot Tapping on the logs is a simple and effective method of discovery. It is not 100% accurate but it is definitely worth doing. Use a hammer and tap on logs that you suspect may have some rot. Are they darker or grayed compared to surrounding logs? Are there lots of checks or cracks in the log that make it look suspicious? Are there small holes in the logs, which may be an indicator ofboring insects (a sign of carpenter ants or powderpost beetles. Find out more…)
If the sound you hear when tapping these suspect areas sounds different than when you tap on logs that look “healthy”, it may be an indicator that there is rot. To really do a thorough check by tapping, it will require a ladder to get to higher areas. If this is not possible for you to do yourself, it is worth getting someone who is comfortable with heights to get up there and do it for you. Rot can take hold underneath windows and underneath decks so be sure to inspect these areas regularly.
Check the ends of the logs (crowns) and if there are lots of checks, pay special attention to them. Are there soft spots? Are there places where pieces of the wood have broken away from the log? If these crown ends extend beyond the drip line of the roof, they are particularly susceptible to rot. Water from the roof can hit one crown and then drip or travel down the entire stack of crowns, causing serious damage.
Finish Looking Moldy If your finish is looking black and moldy, that is a warning sign that something needs to be done. Mold needs a certain amount of moisture to grow and moisture is also what rot needs to take hold. Cleaning the exterior logs on a routine basis can remove dirt and help prevent mold and rot from getting the best of your logs. Click here for information about cleaning the logs on your log home.
Stay tuned for more information on how to do routine log home maintenance.
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