Winters can wreak havoc on a home, and that is especially true for a log home. Once spring and warm weather have arrived, log-home owners need to be diligent about completing maintenance checks and fixing any problems or potential problems that turn up. Staying on top of these home improvements can help prevent a little problem from morphing into a big one a few months later.
If you’re a new log homeowner, contact your log home builder for tips and advice on how to care for your home. Otherwise, these tips will get you started and help you to spot anything amiss.
1. Inspect you log siding. For this general inspection, you’re looking especially for the presence of sawdust or bird droppings. Saw dust may mean that you could have a problem with insects boring into your logs. Bird droppings may point you to any bird nests, which you should remove. Bird droppings can damage the finish on your logs.
2. Check for cracks. Scan your logs for any new cracks. Cracks need to be fixed pronto because they can allow water to trickle into your home.
3. Check your chinking. Again, you want to be sure the chinking is solid, without cracks so that water can’t penetrate it. Do you see any signs of water dripping or dark stains on the logs? If so, you’ll need to do some repairs.
4. Don’t overlook the ends of your logs. Sometimes homeowners forget to check these areas, but it’s here that a log home can be especially vulnerable to damage. Log ends can absorb water quickly, so you need to be sure they are properly maintained.
5. Do a spray test. Get a spray bottle, fill it with water and spray the outside of your logs. Watch what happens. If the water beads up and runs off, you’re in good shape. If it’s absorbed into the log, then it’s probably time to re-seal the logs.
6. Examine the entrances to your home—doors, windows, vents, chimneys and the like to make sure the seals haven’t been compromised. You shouldn’t be able to see any gaps or feel any big drafts of air coming from the windows and doors.
These general tips will help you catch any major problems with your log home after weathering the winter months; for the best way to protect your particular home, contact your builder for specific instructions on log home maintenance in your geographic region.