Bellingham WA Home Inspection (King of the House): Wood to Earth and Rot

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Home Inspector with King of the House Home Inspection, Inc

This photo is a classic example of what happens when soil is piled against wood. Wood to soil contact, or water running over wood, often lead to rot or wood decay fungi. This is the side of a garage. The garage, especially an unattached garage, is a common place to find this problem as the structure is often ignored compared to the house. There was a concrete foundation here, be it a shallow one, but soil had been piled against it, over it and up onto the siding. As a result of that, the wood has rotted. If the conducive condition of wood to earth contact had been caught soon enough, before the rot, simply grading the soil back away from the building should have eliminated this kind of damage. As it is now, the siding will have to be replaced and some structural wood, inside the garage, is likely to be a victim as well. Wood subjected to a moisture content of 20% or greater is susceptible to wood decay fungi.

 

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Steven L. Smith, King of the House Home Inspection, provides information for real estate buyers, sellers and real estate industry professionals. Blog posts emphasize issues commonly found in Bellingham, WA and Whatcom County. Smith is Washington State Licensed Home Inspector #207, a state licensed structural pest inspector, ASHI certified inspector #252760 and one of the most experienced inspectors in the northwest corner of the Pacific Northwest. Steven L. Smith is lead instructor of home inspection at Bellingham Technical College and teaches classes for Washington State University and the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Steve was a two-term member of the state licensing board.