NeighborWorks® of Grays Harbor contributes to the community conversation on housing issues through a weekly column in the Daily World titled "Nailing it Down."

 

 Since 1999, the "Nailing it Down"articles have been published in the Daily World and other countywide weekly newspapers. NeighborWorks® of Grays Harbor County has collaborated with local newspapers, elected officials and local experts to publish articles covering hundreds of topics.

 

 

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Rain, Rain, Rain.

  

We sure have had quite a bit lately!

  

But here at NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor, we are even more concerned about the trapped moisture inside your home than we are with what’s going on outside. 

  

It‘s a Catch 22, the more rain on the outside, often means that we bring in wet clothes, boots and animals into our homes, which could be vented out but it’s raining too hard to open the windows to let out the trapped moisture! The thought makes our glasses steam-up.

    

Perhaps moisture doesn’t sound very menacing to you, but over the years we have inspected and directed the rehabilitation of hundreds of moisture-damaged homes. From the foundation to the roof, our inspections overwhelmingly identify improper ventilation as the main culprit leading to expensive problems in the homes in this county.

So, for just a little more insight into our concerns about trapped moisture, we’re re-presenting some Q and A’s from the past on this subject.

Q. With the hu...

With all the rain outside lately, it might surprise you that as housing experts we’re mostly concerned with water, in all its forms, getting trapped inside your foundation, house and attic.

   

Last week we talked about the negative effects of trapped moisture under your house – concentrating on the foundation vents and proper formula to figure out how much venting is optimal.

Today, we want to take you on a tour outdoors to the sides of your house to verbally identify potential damage being done by a wet, silent beast and other hidden sources working on your house that need this water to thrive.

WHAT DO YOU SEE

Your home’s exterior siding protects your home from the many wraths of nature’s fury, just as your clothes protect you. When properly installed and maintained, most of the siding material types are generally durable and long lasting.

  

 However, worn, cracked siding material, a bad paint job, UV light from the sun, exposed or poor caulking and rusted or ill-installed f...

After a short stretch of cold, but mostly dry weather the rains are here, again.

That makes it a great time to talk about your home’s Enemy Number One – trapped moisture.

  

Unfortunately our area, like so many others, has seen the toll that flooding can take on our homes and some have also experienced cleaning up after a burst pipe. But that’s not what we’re talking about today.

   

Today we’re talking about the sneaky type of moisture that comes from wet jackets and shoes, watering house plants, cooking, showering, wet pets, house leaks and more. As those sources of moisture evaporate into thin air, they travel through the house until they find a cool wall surface, toilet tank, or even a thermal pane window to turn back into a liquid state. We are sure you have seen it happen!

When this water vapor finds these cool lower corners of rooms, bottom walls of closets and certainly anywhere in an unvented bathroom, it sticks and stays creating a little environment for mold and mildew....

We sure hope our brand new year – 2018 – comes in quietly.

  

However, it’s more than just a possibility that sometime this year that generator you have might be put into service.  When the power is out, generators can be a great source of energy to at least save your investment of food stored in the refrigerator or freezer; provide some lights; maybe even for a heating device. The big ones, when sized and installed right, may be able to run the whole house and come on automatically!  

  

However, that same device wrongly installed or wrongly used can create deadly disasters of its own.

For generators it’s important that people have a UL approved transfer switch that isolates the PUD’s facilities from the homeowner’s – and vice versa. This needs to be installed by a qualified electrician or by the homeowner and permitted and inspected by the officiating electrical inspector serving your area.

  

If this doesn’t occur, the generator will “back feed” active electricity back...

It’s not just the summer sun that’s making things seem bright in Grays Harbor, in many ways things are just looking up around here!
 

Perhaps you’ve experienced that rise in optimism yourself as new neighbors move into the empty house down the street, you see construction of another new business, and one more of your friends finally finds a good job.  
 

In the last couple of weeks we’ve talked with Tom Quigg , owner of Windermere Real Estate Ocean Shores,  who let us know that home sales are up and home values here are on the rise.
 

Not only do housing statistics show that more people are making Grays Harbor their home, but there’s also been an uptick of people discovering what a great place this is to visit.
 

Last week we talked with Mike Bruner, director of the Grays Harbor County Tourism Office, and learned that Grays Harbor County saw a 9.4 percent increase in tourism from 2015 to 2016. 
 

 That is approximately three times the increase in tourism the state had during the same period...

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