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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Here at NeighborWorks of Grays Harbor, people often ask us what types of things they need to do to keep their homes well maintained.

And, then there are those people whose houses suggest – in even a casual drive by – that they might not be too aware of how to take care of what is likely their biggest investment – their house.

If you need a good wake up call, remember that most homeowner insurance policies do not cover deferred maintenance.

In other words, if you discover this summer that the caulking on one of your windows wasn’t secure and over time water has seeped in onto your hardwood floor that now needs to be replaced; most likely you are not covered for that. 

Or, maybe all those steamy showers have taken their toll and you realize that you have mold taking over your bathroom. (Although, do check; a few homeowners’ policies cover some severe mold remediation. Oh, but remember that deductible gets paid first!)

When it comes to deferred maintenance – that is, maintenance that has...

Now is a great time to give your deck a little attention.  You are more likely to find weather-friendly days now and you can look forward to spending time with friends and family!

In fact, a deck can be a great place to have a socially distanced visit if you need to. Hopefully soon, your deck can be used while you host larger gatherings!

  

Safety comes first! Your annual deck inspection

The first point of inspection should be the way the deck is fastened to the house. What you want to see is the hex-heads of bolts staggered along the deck’s rim joist, which is attached through the siding into the rim joist or framing of the house.

If you only see nail heads, you will want to consult with your contractor or building official for a complete deck inspection. The installation of lags or bolts doesn’t have to be expensive, but there may be other things that need to be done.

For example, decks built closer to saltwater tend to have more problems and sooner. That salty air makes anything made...

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