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When it comes to the real estate market, log cabins are considered to be some of the finest homes money can buy. After all, it provides a much more natural, traditional and warm atmosphere, designed to provide a level of bliss and serenity that simply cannot be found without buying a log cabin out in a range of spectacular mountains or forest.
Those who are interested in this tranquility and composure in a strong home or auxiliary building would do well to seek out a log cabin for purchase on the market.
Of course, like any other type of building, log cabins are prone to damage by Mother Nature and her volatile elements. Perhaps the most common — and most deadly — danger posed to a log cabin is fire. After all, as the name suggests, log cabins are made out of wooden logs, and it is rather common knowledge that timber quickly catches and is consumed by fire.
Fortunately, there are ways to prevent a disaster from occurring. While it is always important to obtain home insurance against fire, it still poses an inconvenience if the cabin burns down at all. Take heed of these tips to ensure a log cabin is fireproofed against nature’s deadliest element.
- Take a rake and dispose of any dry twigs or dry leaves. This is especially true during the months of autumn when these leaves are most prominent. Along with timber, branches and leaves are among some of the most flammable materials that can quickly catch and spread a fire with one tiny spark. In addition to this, it is wise to clean out the debris that builds up in the rain gutter and the roof at least one day per month.
- Protecting the log cabin from branches should not just involve fallen twigs around the dwelling. It is also important to trim down branches that hang over the roof of the log cabin or are simply within close range of it. Not only does trimming nearby branches prevent the roof from easily catching fire, but it will also help minimize the damage that occurs should the tree fall down from other weather problems. As a general rule of thumb, there should not be any shrubs or trees within 10 meters of the log cabin, or else it poses quite a security risk.
- It is easy to purchase fire treatments from home improvement and other such DIY stores. These are designed to add a type of barrier between the timber and a fire that ignites. Apply this treatment to each log in the cabin. This may take awhile, but the barrier can be the difference between minor damage and total collapse.
- Remove any unnecessary and flammable clutter from the abode. Items that constitute unnecessary and flammable clutter include unused outfits, unused newspapers and other such items. Further, clutter can expedite the process in which the fire spreads within a log cabin. Generally, it is best to come up with a monthly cleaning schedule so that any clutter in the home is removed each month.
- Obtain a fire alarm. Just because the home is made of logs does not mean it is any less of a home, and any good home has a fire alarm. It is the first line of protection in the event of an indoor fire. If possible, it is optimal to outfit each room with a separate alarm. Ensure regularly that each of the fire alarms are functional, and be immediate in replacing the batteries should one seem to be low in power. Checking the functionality of each alarm should be done on a monthly basis.
With these tips in mind, log cabin owners can fireproof their home. While they will not ultimately prevent damage when a fire occurs, these measures must be taken to minimize the disaster that can otherwise occur.