For log homeowners there are a number of important tasks that need to be done to prepare your home for the upcoming winter months. Doing these routine tasks will allow your log home to weather the cold and snow and freezing rain that lies ahead.
Fall Log Home Maintenance Tasks
Fall is a great time to do a few quick and easy tasks to ensure that your home is warm and comfortable throughout the colder months. For log homeowners there are a number of important tasks that need to be done to prepare your home for the upcoming winter months. Doing these routine tasks will allow your log home to weather the cold and snow and freezing rain that lies ahead.
- Inspect the Exterior of Your Log Home. Walk around the outside of your home and inspect your exterior logs. Look for bare spots, areas with peeling stain, places that appear to have insect damage or where the wood is soft and rotting. Clean those problem areas and apply stain and a clear coat finish to minimize further decay.
- Inspect the exterior of your log home for gaps that allow air, water, and rodents to enter. Inspect Your Roof. Look for shingles that are loose, cracked or showing signs of wear. In your attic look for pinholes of light or signs of water damage along the roofline. Timely repairs will eliminate water finding its way into your home later.
- Clean Your Gutters. While inspecting your roof, it’s a good time to make sure your gutters are clear of leaves, small sticks and other debris. This will allow water to drain properly and minimize the chance that ice dams will form.
- Seal Air Leaks. Fill in gaps where electric
- Inspect the Fireplace. Make sure the damper opens and closes properly. If the damper isn’t closing tightly, heat will escape up the chimney – leading to higher heating bills. If you use your fireplace regularly you’ll also want to clean your chimney’s flue.
- Prevent Plumbing Freezes. Locate your water main in the event you need to shut your water off in an emergency. Check for plumbing under your home and insulate any exposed pipes.
- Shut Off Outdoor Water Spigots. Disconnect your garden hoses from all spigots, close the shut-off valve (if there is one) and drain the faucet. This will prevent pipes from freezing and bursting.
- Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors. Make sure all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors work. Buy a fire extinguisher or replace any extinguisher older than 10 years.
- Don’t Store Firewood on your Porch or in Your Home. Keep all your firewood at least two feet from your home and keep no more than what you’ll need for a day in your house. This keeps insects out of your home that are living in the firewood.
Better Now Than Later
By taking care of these outside tasks now you prevent bigger problems from occurring later. It also keeps you from having to deal with problems when it is much colder outside.
If your fall inspection finds that you have air or water leaks due to old or missing chinking, let us know right away. If you need our help to fix these leaks, we will do our best to address them at this time. Give us a call at 765.838.8092.