How to Clean Rain Water Pipes In a Log Cabin

There are some tasks that one does not like. Raking leaves, mowing the lawn, and cleaning the windows were all boring and tiring. The rough work we want to delay as long as possible. Cleaning gutters is one that we sometimes put off for years, much to the detriment of our homes. For people with wood cabins it is a different story. Failing to clear out rain gutters can have much more dire consequences than you might expect.

cabinHere is everything you need to know about rain pipes and your log cabin.

Naturally and usually log cabins are made of wood, which is a sturdy and very smooth material. It requires some gentle handling and care in order to make sure it stays in tip top condition. This is sometimes seen as a drawback by homeowners who balk at the maintenance required for a log home, but those who have one swear by the benefits and are quick to say they outweigh the cons.

One of those cons is the damage that can be done by overrunning water. When it rains that water is captured in pipes and sent away from the house. This keeps it from leaking inside through the roof or windows, causing interior damage.

Log cabins are made of wood, which adds another element to the pipes. The water logged in the pipes can cause rot in the logs if they are not moved away. It can also cause a breakdown of the chemicals protecting the lumber, which can cause cracking, flaking and discoloration over time.

You have to make sure your drains are clear at all times to keep this from happening. In some cases it may also be beneficial to add an additional drain to the end to take the water even further from the structure, so the wood can’t leach water from the base. This can happen is the wood hasn’t been restained as regularly as it should.

Most experts claim that you should clean your gutters once a year. For a house with siding that would be enough, but for a wooden cabin you would be better off maintaining it more regularly. Try to take care of them once every six months, especially if you come from a wet region that rains more often.

The wind can carry dirt away and even put creatures into your gutter. It makes them vulnerable to problems such as clogs, causing water to enter the pipes. Eventually this will leak and start causing water damage, so you can not be too careful. It doesn’t take much to clean your gutters but that doesn’t mean you don’t need anything. To start out you need a very stable ladder, one that isn’t likely to fall over. Look for one that has an additional bar to help keep it stable at the base. If you can have someone hold it for you when you are going up and down.

Next, you need a pair of rubber or gardening gloves. This is important because the stuff that ends up in your pipes can be pretty nasty. You will be pulling things out by hand so don’t leave them unprotected.

Finally prepare the hose with the insertion spray ready. After you manually move most of the material from the gutter you will want to run the water to push the other thing out and clean it completely.