wood decay fungi: Whatcom County Home Inspector (King of the House) Wood Decay - 10/11/10 06:41 AM
Wood that is continually exposed to high moisture levels will decay. The term used mainly in this state is wood decay fungi. What is meant is plain old rot.
Wood, when it is at 20% or higher moisture levels is prone to rotting. If I see a damp environment in a crawl space, I often will put in the moisture meter and see what kind of moisture readings I get.

The moisture readings here, under a modular commercial building in Bellingham, were over 30%. Overtime there is probably going to be a final consequence -- the wood will rot away.

wood decay fungi: Bellingham Home Inspection (King of the House) Rotten In Washington - 10/02/10 05:56 AM
In keeping with my recent project of producing short narrated slide shows to provide a video link for clients, I have recently posted another one of my efforts.

This one makes use of inspection photos from my collection, also some great photos were kindly provided by Charles Buell. That is a guy who gets down and dirty (see his nice fungal shot live from Seattle and embedded below).
I am finding that many people are more tuned to "watching" than reading. Good trait or bad trait, some people are wired that way. This was first pointed out to me by … (5 comments)

wood decay fungi: Wood to Earth Contact - 03/27/08 07:55 AM

The photo above is a commonly seen issue for the home inspector. At least I know that is true in the Pacific Northwest. What you see there is the post at a deck. It is buried in the soil. The problem is our old nemesis known as wood to earth contact. Fact: Wood to earth contact will eventually lead to rot or decay of the wood.
In this picture the problem was not quite as clear cut as it sometimes is. Why? Because the post itself, to the left side, was pressure-treated lumber. While pressure-treated lumber is designed for contact … (0 comments)

wood decay fungi: Bellingham Wa. home inspections (King of the House): Crawl space horrors - 06/29/07 02:46 PM
 A Bellingham WA home inspector sees an awful lot of issues with wood destroying organisms. In Washington State, those of us who do structural pest inspections must be tested and licensed by the state. We are regulated by the WSDA. One rule that sometimes upsets sellers, or their agents, is the state stipulates that an inspector must call out as inaccessible -- and say that it should be made accessible by whatever means is possible--any area of the crawl space that cannot be accessed with a reasonable amount of effort. General guidelines are a joist should be 18" from grade and a … (7 comments)

wood decay fungi: The truth about dry rot - 05/21/07 01:46 PM
More often than not, when you hear the words "dry rot", the term is being misused. It is often incorrectly used by the general public, builders, realtors, remodelers and (ugh) even home inspectors. Often what is called dry rot is merely rot (wood decay fungi). The common example of wrong usage would be wood that is under a bathtub. People bathe, the tub leaks and a beam or joist below rots and a rot probe might go clear through the lumber. Even if the wood is dry, this IS NOT dry rot. I teach wood destroying organisms for the state college system, … (2 comments)

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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.




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