June, 05 2019

TOD's Home Maintenance Tips!

TOD’s Home Maintenance Tip #7 Move Firewood 


Top Three Tips on Firewood: 


1) Store Firewood away from buildings Woodpiles should never be stored up against the house or other buildings because wood-boring pests can easily tunnel directly from the wood into the structure. Thus, by stacking wood against your home, you are essentially inviting wood-boring pests to take up residence in your home. It is recommended that firewood is stored at least 3 feet from a structure. 


2) Stack firewood off the ground. 

Concrete blocks, bricks, or firewood grates can be used to keep the wood from directly contacting the ground. Maintaining airflow beneath the pile also helps reduce moisture problems which attract insects. 


3) Store firewood away from trees. 

Do not pile wood next to or near living trees because insects from the firewood pile, such as bark beetles, could crawl over to the live tree and tunnel beneath its bark, and cause severe damage. 


As TOD's Mom used to say:  "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!"