Log rot is not a problem you should procrastinate finding a solution for! Although there are different types of wood-decaying fungi, in all cases the one thing you can control is protecting your log home from water penetration. If you follow these tips, then you will greatly reduce the possibility of log rot forming.
- Logs and wood posts and supports should not rest on the ground. They should be placed above the level of the surrounding soil.
- A floor drain should be installed in your basement. Make sure a dehumidifier is also installed if the humidity in the basement exceeds 50%.
- Crawlspaces should be adequately ventilated. Vents should be placed in corners of your home to prevent “dead air” spaces.
- If you notice any plumbing leaks, have them fixed right away!
- If you have any leaks in your roof, have them fixed immediately!
- Clear rain gutters of debris.
- All log homes should be coated with a finish system that prevents water from penetrating the wood while allowing water vapor to escape.
- Consider sealing any upward-facing checks in your logs.
If you have any questions about preventing or repairing log rot, call us now or request to speak to a log home expert from our website! We have repaired or replaced many thousands of feet of log damaged by nasty rot, and we can would love to fix your log home as well!
(Information in this blog post was provided by Permachink Systems, Inc.)