Why Log Houses Are Vulnerable to Natural Damages?

Our house can be affected by many different things, such as bugs, termites, fungus and mold. The problem could become more significant when we have a log house. Even if the logs and timber have been treated, they are still organic materials that could harbor small living organisms, especially during a lengthy humid and wet condition. When our log house is exposed to wet weather for many months, it is time to look closely at it. After discovering a few things, we may need to make proper decisions. The building material of our log house was trees. These logs were once parts of a living-breathing organism that has been cut down and then treated. It’s possible for bugs to lay their eggs, sleep and eat inside logs in our house.

It is important for us to deal with these potential vermin. We should know how bugs could get inside the logs. We should know how they live and what it takes for them to survive. All trees started as seed, they germinated and grew over the years into something huge. As a living organism, trees also decompose after being cut down, although at a much slower rate than fleshy animals. Decomposition is the Mother Nature’s way of recycling nutrients back to the soil for future trees and plants to grow. However, people seek to forestall the process and use dead wood as part of their houses. However, regardless of our efforts, wood still decomposes although at a slower rate than normal. This provides nutrients to many small organisms.

Fungus and molds would feed on trace of decomposition on the logs. Their presence would degrade logs even faster, causing further deterioration in our house. Fungus and molds could thrive better in a humid and warm condition, which can be found in the interior of log houses during wet seasons or winter. Even if wood has been fully dried and processed, it may still contain up to 40 percent of water. Due to the presence of moisture, it’s still a viable location for fungus and mold to grow. As organisms start to consume the wood, it will become softer, providing enough rooms for insects.

Cracked wood logs are good placed for insects and bugs to eat, live and multiply. Many log house owners may leave this condition unaddressed, causing accelerated decomposition. Many log houses start to look like rotten mass of wood if they are not maintained properly after a few wet seasons. Fortunately, log house owners could stop the natural process and preserve their property by removing fungi and mold immediately. Once wood becomes badly decomposed, it could be difficult to return it to the original state.

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