Did you find your dream home and it just happens to be a log cabin or a home that is made almost entirely of wood? These homes can be rather difficult to maintain because if they’re old enough, the wood may not be treated with anything like newer wooden homes are. The elements of the world are harsh on homes, and these elements, such as bugs, moisture, fungus, and mold can create a huge issue for your home and everything in it.
Moisture Is A Silent Destroyer
Moisture is an extremely damaging element. All homes product some kind of moisture whether it’s from cooking, bathing, washing, drying, or even exercising. This all brings moisture to their air and it can even enter your home from any crawl space that may be in the basement. This moisture can literally get into everything. It can short circuit your fuse box, make electronics in your home malfunction, warp your beautiful wooden floors or walls, and it can even get into your bed. If it gets into your bed, it can cause mold build-up. So if you have a moisture problem, you might want to look at your mattress. You shouldn’t be sleeping on mold and if you are, throw it away and get a new one that’s antimicrobial and hypoallergenic.
Keeping Your Wood Safe
In order to keep your wood safe in your home, it’s best to make sure that those areas with high moisture levels are well ventilated such as bathrooms, kitchens, and bedrooms. You may even want to get a dehumidifier to keep the humidity levels down to avoid moisture buildup. When it comes to your wood products, you can also treat them with certain wood protecting finishes. It’s better accessible than it was many years ago and it protects homes extremely well.
Biocides help to protect against mold, insects, mildew, and fungi. These treatments are safe for humans to be around and animals, but not friendly for insects. If you’re lucky enough to have a log home, Borate is a logs best friend. The logs are dipped in it to preserve the wood to keep it protected against the harsh elements of the inside and outside world.
One other way you can keep your wood safe is to coat it in a wood preservative. Since water is an enemy of wood, this preservative will help keep the water out of it. This will stop any kind of mold or mildew growth. It will also destroy critters and airborne junk that may be lingering.
Your home is an extremely expensive investment. You can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions of dollars, buying and restoring your home. Once you make that initial purchase, you should definitely protect it against the harsh elements, both natural and created. You can take the proper precautions to protect the wood in your home by applying finishes, protectants, and adding dehumidifiers around the home to get rid of that extra humidity that causes moisture.