WHAT IS LOG ROT?
When logs have a moisture content of 20% or more, they will begin to grow a fungus that breaks down the wood fibers (cellulose and hemicellulose) that give the logs structural integrity. This issue is happening because of long-term damp conditions or water intrusion that has not been rectified. When log rot begins to form, it will usually create water pockets inside the log that will never dry out. Therefore the log rot will start to migrate deeper and deeper into the logs, reaching the house’s interior, spreading to other logs, and will eventually cause structural damage.
How do we repair log rot?
There are several technics to repairing log rot. If the log rot is not too
deep, we remove all damaged wood, apply a hardener, and fill the void with a specially formulated 2-part log putty. The log putty can be shaped to look like there was no damage at all.
When log rot has spread in a large area but no more than half the thickness of the log, we remove the entire piece of log, remove all damaged wood, apply a hardener, and replace the log face with a new one. If the log rot is too deep and spread to other logs, we replace whole sections of the log. It can be tricky and time-consuming fitting new sections tightly together and getting a natural look.
How do I prevent log rot?
Great products and regular maintenance is key to preventing log rot. One of the best ways is to have us inspect the house looking for water intrusion. The best time for this is during the rainy season because you can quickly see problem areas that get wet and do not drain properly and dry. Another good time for this is during your yearly maintenance cleaning. Our team will look for any problematic areas and address the issues before you have rotted.
Our team of experienced log home repair specialists is passionate about keeping your log home healthy and looking great all year around. Give us a call today.