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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November 11, 2019

With the beautiful fall weather we’ve had lately, it’s hard to think of stormy winter weather on its way. But, if history is any indication – and it is – we will most likely be coping with various storms this winter.

We’re reminding you now of how to get prepared because for most of us, the holiday season starts to take over our To Do lists at this time of year. But now that your summer gear is safely stowed away, before you begin the decorating, shopping, baking, entertaining and celebrating that occurs over the holiday season, take just a minute to assess what your plans and provisions are for storms and power outages.

BE PREPARED FOR POWER OUTAGES

If you are like most, sometimes during summer, the neatly packed box or bag of disaster items gets relocated, or items from it are taken out for minor “emergencies.”  Now is the time to find it and take a quick inventory. If you don’t have such a box or bag, the time is now to prepare for a possible disaster – especially for power outages.

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November 6, 2019

Perhaps moisture doesn’t sound like your home’s worst enemy – but take it from us, it most likely is!

Over the years in our work at NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor, 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 source of expensive problems to the homes in this county.

Today we’re answering some questions related to moisture problems. See if any of these apply to you and your home!

Q.  When I use my dryer, I notice that the windows often fog up on the inside and the whole room seems a little muggy. What causes this and should I be concerned?

A.  You should be very concerned about any condition that creates moisture inside your home. Extra moisture from doing laundry is one of the worst!

In this situation, you will find lots of lint, too. Most likely the dryer is either not properly vented to the exterior, has a blocked vent or has holes in the ven...

November 1, 2019

The worst predator attacking the integrity of our homes is trapped moisture. We talked about it in our last blog, concentrating on what to do from the ground up. Today we will take you beyond the foundation to explain more ways to identify and attack this wet, silent enemy.

The exterior siding protects your home from nature’s fury, just as your clothes protect you. When properly installed and maintained, the siding materials used on your home are generally durable and long lasting.

However, bad paint, sunlight, damaged siding, poor caulking and rusted flashing in addition to moisture build-up can damage your house!

Do not fear: good ventilation and timely maintenance are our best offensive weapons.

HOW TO FIGHT MOISTURE

Here’s what you want to see as indicators that your home is well protected:

  • A great paint job   

  • Good doors, windows and trim

  • Good gutters and downspouts with splash blocks, to convey the water away from the foundation

  • Black plastic ground cloth i...

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