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4 Steps to Spring Maintenance

Keep up your timber home with four easy steps.

With the spring season upon us, you’ll want to tackle a few simple maintenance steps both inside and outside your home to help keep it in good share year-round.

Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 4.35.47 PM It’s a question we’re asked all the time: How much maintenance will a timber home require? With many types of custom wood homes, you’ll be faced with a large amount of yearly maintenance, mostly because wood elements will be exposed to the outdoor conditions, including insects and weather. But with timber-frame homes, the majority of the exposed wood will be inside the home, meaning they require little to no maintenance with the exception of any exterior trusses you may choose to add to your home’s porch or entryway.

Keep up your timber home with four easy steps.

Water from stopped-up drains can lead to leaky roofs, rotting wood, cracked foundations, broken pavement and insect infestations. Fortunately, you can avoid this by checking for water build-up every spring. Unchecked water buildup from stopped-up drains can lead to leaky roofs, rotting wood, cracked foundations, broken pavement and insect infestations.



1. Before spring rains deluge your home, clean all gutters and unclog any slow rainspouts. Unchecked water buildup from stopped-up drains can lead to leaky roofs, rotting wood, cracked foundations, broken pavement and insect infestations.

2. Remove all tree stumps and deadwood within 50 feet of your home and trim back any nearby bushes or trees to keep termites and carpenter ants at bay. These common pests need moisture to thrive, so fix drips and leaks, and paint or seal any exposed wood surfaces. If you do see signs of infestation, replace contaminated wood immediately and hire a professional exterminator to remove the source and treat for prevention.

3. After a long winter of even moderate use, your chimney can build up enough creosote to set a major fire. A half-inch layer is all it takes. While wearing safety goggles and a dust mask, look inside the flue with a flashlight and use your fire poker to scratch the black surface above the damper to check the thickness of your creosote layer. A quarter-inch buildup means it’s time to schedule a cleaning before the accumulation reaches threatening levels.

4. Change the filter in your air conditioner before you start turning down the thermostat. Even a simple $5 filter will reduce damage to your home’s cooling system and significantly improve your home’s air quality.