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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October 24, 2019

When the rains start coming down, it’s easy to think of the wet weather outside as an enemy. However, when it comes to your home, it’s actually the moisture that is silently trapped inside that has the worst effect.

In our last blog we talked about what owners can do to prepare their homes for windy weather. In this blog, we’re reminding you about best practices to avoid trapped moisture.

In Grays Harbor, with our tendency to be outdoorsy people, moisture has many ways to get inside our houses. Think – boots, umbrellas, clam gear, hunting jackets – even our pets will carry it inside.

Many normal activities of life, such as cooking, bathing, and doing laundry, create moisture inside our homes. To exacerbate the situation in the fall and winter, we tend to have the windows closed trapping that moisture inside.

It may not seem like a big deal, but over the years in our work here at NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor, trapped moisture is the most damaging issue we see inside homes.

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October 14, 2019

Do you remember the devastating winter storms of 2007?  Can it really already be 12 years ago? For many of us on the Twin Harbors, those days of hurricane-force gusts and howling winds are still fresh in our memories. If you’ll recall, most of the Harbor was without power for five days or longer and wind and rain damage was widespread throughout the coast!

More recently, the 2015 storm brought a river in the sky – 11 inches of water in 24 hours. It included flooding and slides due to the inability to drain or convey this volume of water out of our streets and city storm water systems.

Already this year, crews are prepping for winter rains. As weather patterns change, we hope that we won’t have to endure such devastation again, but actively preparing for major weather events – having our homes prepared; streets, storm drains and pumps ready – is just smart living. We all have an overlapping civic responsibility to be involved in this effort. Here are a few things you can do.



October 8, 2019

Well, here we are already into October! The bite in the air – not to mention the mercury in the thermometer – lets us know that winter is on its way.

We’ve been talking recently about various kinds of heating appliances. Last week we gave a plug for ductless heat pumps – a newer kind of heating unit that has so many benefits. It is our most recommended heating unit.

Regardless of what type of primary heating you have in your home, most houses around here have at least one fireplace. Typically fireplaces are used most often for ambiance, a secondary heat source or as back up when the power goes out. Regardless how often you use yours, it’s prudent to ensure that it’s ready for the cold weather coming.

In fact, giving the entire roof a once-over soon is a great idea. So, examine your roof for lose or missing shingles as well as moss or other vegetation. In addition, look closely at the metal flashings and fascia and barge boards to make sure they are intact and secure.

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