Log home problems – Why leaks happen and how to prevent them

One problem with log homes is that they can leak.  As much as we love the look of logs when the sun is shining – rain can bring the opposite feeling of dread. With the wet spring we have had this year, we have had a number of calls about log homes leaking. Leaking can be caused by a number of different factors.

These include: flashing issues, up-facing checksrotten logsunsealed trim around windows, lack of effective chinking or caulking, and splash back from rain off the roof.

Some of the most perplexing problems regarding leaking that we have seen are on homes that sit on a hill or face a lake where summer storms can pound the log wall. It can take a “detective’s eye” to determine where the water is coming from.

One thing to remember is that because of the way a log building is constructed, you can not assume that where the water comes in on the inside correlates to where it came from outside.

In other words, if you find water leaking down a particular log, it is not necessarily the result of a problem with the exterior of that log. Leaks can travel through the nooks and crannies of the log structure, making it very difficult to tell where a leak actually originates.

Call us if your log home leaks. We can help. 715-373-5744

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