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 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.


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...

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.

There are the obv...

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