Our homes are the biggest investments we have and they are under constant assault from the weather, especially here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The rainfall that we receive in Washington is immense, and this precipitation can lead to decay fungus and unseen structural damage. The key to protecting your home from water damage can be found in a thorough inspection. If you can prevent damage from occurring by identifying moisture access points before they become detrimental, you may just save yourself from a costly home repair bill. Hiring a qualified home inspector may be a good investment.
Buildings are constructed to shed water, but they are not completely water-proof. This simple fact is useful to consider when inspecting for moisture access points. Any tiny perforation in the siding is liable to allow water to enter. These openings include spaces around doors, windows, utility pipes and accessories, among others. Clogged gutters are another culprit to look out for, as they allow water to pour over and splash on the siding of the home.
Decay fungus in buildings can lead to infestation from a number of insects. Anobiid Beetles, Moisture ants, and Dampwood Termites are just a few of the common pests in Thurston County that are drawn to wood with high water content. In many cases identifying the location of the water-damaged wood and replacing it will remedy the issue; however each insect’s treatment varies greatly based on their unique physiology, and should be evaluated separately.
Our technicians have received training in identifying points of moisture intrusion and are equipped with moisture meters, which allow them to further evaluate the source of damaged wood. This type of discovery is extremely valuable, as moisture problems will only get worse if they are neglected. Pest management technicians may be able to identify common areas of concern, but consulting with a licensed home inspector is recommended for a more detailed examination of moisture entry points.