Log home problems can be worrisome. We get calls all the time from people with questions about specific issues they are having with their log homes. Here is a recent one from a former customer here in Wisconsin:
Due to the excessive cold we had this past winter, an ice damn built up on two sides of their log home. It stayed and stayed, which was unusual. Typically ice on houses will melt when the weather warms up periodically. This winter there was no relief so what happened was the heat from the interior of the house met the ice damn on the outside and moisture was transferred into the logs through the chinking.
The customer was concerned that the higher moisture content in these areas would eventually lead to rot. He knows that this can be a problem in log homes. What should he do?
We suggested that the immediate thing to do is keep any more moisture from getting on these two areas of the log walls by covering them with a plastic tarp of some sort. This gives the logs a reprieve from the continuing rain we are sure to have as we head further into spring. It is possible that by keeping them dry on the exterior, the moisture will decrease to a normal level as the heat from the interior naturally travels into the logs. Logs “breath” all the time and this is how they keep healthy and dry.
If you have problems with moisture getting into your logs, give us a call. 715-373-5744