One of the most important pieces of log home maintenance is keeping moisture away from the logs. Keeping logs dry is key to avoiding problems with rotten logs.
To that end, gutters can help divert water away from logs. One area in particular is over decks. When water comes off the roof and continually splashes up on the lower logs, they become very susceptible to rot. This is a classic image of what we are talking about.
Another common log home problem is rot caused by gutters that are not functioning properly. In this case, water can leak down the wall where the gutter pipe is and hold moisture up against the logs – a ticket for rot.
Log home maintenance includes checking your gutters to make sure they are draining properly and are not clogged with debris. Keep an eye on the logs in these areas and if you notice them getting dark or black, like they are in this photo, it can be a warning sign of rot.
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