I ordered a log cabin that came untreated. I'm almost done building my log cabin now but it's been soaking in the rain for the past 2-3 weeks now. How bad can this turn out in the future? Is there anything I can do now to fix any potential issues? I've been looking at the Roxil Wood Preserver. Would something like that help?

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    Be better if the weather would turn nice and help to dry out the wood first. Sealing moisture in will not help. – crip659 May 25 at 14:15
  • Make sure the logs are ready for putting anything on them, it has been quite a few years but I thought the ends of the logs were sealed and it had to sit in place prior to staining, contact the company you purchased the kit from. – Ed Beal May 25 at 17:02

Were the logs kiln dried before you started? Even if they were they'll still be almost as dry inside as when they were delivered. How much time did they spend in the rain at the factory and on the truck on their way to your place? Sure, they'll have picked up some moisture over the last couple of weeks, but the same will happen when it rains 10 years from now. Yes, you'll have some sealers on them by then, but wood will absorb moisture from the atmosphere - it's almost impossible to prevent it. If you're really concerned, go pick up a moisture meter and see where they are currently. Contact the kit vendor with the current moisture readings to be sure.

Since you're "almost done" the logs have been built into walls, etc, so they're not "soaking" in the rain, it's shedding off due to gravity. Even the bottom one should be on its foundation, not soaking in the mud. Honestly, I'd be more concerned about any plywood/OSB sub-floor that's sitting horizontally collecting water than I would be about the log walls where the water can run off very easily.

One hopes you'll get some nice weather soon. Let everything dry out according to the instructions on whatever sealer/stain/whatever you're coating them with and you should be good to go.

  • Indeed. Give it just a few days in the sun and it will be dryer than when delivered (so to say). That rain has not been absorbed. The issue with lumber in the rain for a week or two is the possibility of bending, which you don't seem to have. – P2000 May 25 at 19:26
  • The relief reading your answer gave me, I can't express in words. Thank you!! :) – Anish May 25 at 21:07
  • @Anish do make sure that any already installed horizontal flooring is squeegied dry as often as possible during on-going rain. You don't want water standing on that for too long. It's far more of an issue that it will be for your log walls. TBH, your plywood/OSB are most likely just fine, but those do bear checking on if they've been wet for 2 straight weeks. Ask a new question and include pics if you have concerns. – FreeMan May 26 at 11:48

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