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Cabin Maintenance: 4 Tasks That You Should Be Doing

Owning a cabin is a dream come true for many people. Cabins are quaint, rustic, and nestled far away from the sounds of the city. Usually used as a seasonal or holiday home, cabins can fall into disrepair easily. Cabin maintenance is the best way to prevent this from occurring.

Gutter Cleaning

There are many items that will end up hitting your roof, rolling down the slant, and landing in your gutters. Objects like branches, twigs, leaves, pine cones, and animal droppings will all end up accumulating in your gutters. Before the rainy season starts, you’ll want to get your cabin gutters cleaned to prevent blockages and puddles. Make sure that you wear protective gear when you head up to the roof to clean out the gutters.

Plumbing

Your cabin is just like any other home. In order for it to be a comfortable residence, it needs unfettered access to fresh water. Water is generally delivered into your home through pipes. While pipes are designed and manufactured to withstand extreme temperatures and water pressure, they’re not indestructible. Pipe emergencies can occur at any moment due to a damaged or a clogged pipe. When the plumbing in your cabin is having an emergency, call in a professional plumber to facilitate an examination of the damages and to perform pipe repair services or replacement.

Chimney Sweep & Fireplace Cleaning

Every cabin has a fireplace. And where there’s a fireplace, there’s a chimney. These two luxury fixtures need to be cleaned on a regular basis to prevent them from turning into a fire hazard or an air quality hazard. When you burn logs in your fireplace, the smoke and particulates from the burning wood must be allowed to escape your home to prevent you from inhaling them. A dirty chimney can result in poor ventilation, which will prove to be hazardous to your health.

Water Sealant Upkeep

Your cabin is exposed to harsh elements on a daily basis. The water sealant applied to the outside wood will eventually degrade due to time and exposure. You don’t want heat and rain to penetrate the wood siding on your home. This promotes wood rot and mildew. Renew the coat of water sealant on your wood siding as often as is required to maintain the integrity of your cabin.

If your cabin is used for seasonal stays, be sure to have the HVAC system inspected and repaired yearly to ensure that it’s ready to keep you warm during the winter and cool during the summer.

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