Dear Mr. Builder, this condition does not have to happen with every new home here in Salem, Oregon

Home Inspector with Perfection Inspection, Inc.

I really love doing home inspections on new homes.  I come from a background in construction and I feel very comfortable in a spanking new home with the smell of new paint and the sparkling fixtures.

Over the years I have come to know that when it comes time to write the inspection report on a new home, here in Salem, Oregon one thing will almost always be present.  The wood debris in the crawlspace.

Almost all of the time it is not the builder's fault directly, although by the time I am done it becomes his problem.  It is usually directly related to sub contractors that are either lazy or inconsiderate or both.



The HVAC guys that cut a hole for the duct rarely manage to pick up their scraps.Wood scrap under a new Salem, Oregon crawlspace






































The finish carpenters see a nice hole in the floor and figure, "That must be for my garbage." 

Garbage under a New Salem, Oregon Home







All of that wood can and will become a nice, warm and wet place for wood Destroying critters to eat and breed and when they are done with that they will look to the next closest food source, your new home.

So, please Mr. Builder.  save us all some time and trouble and let your subs. know that irresponsible control of work site debris shall not be tolerated.

Or continue as you have been and I will just add the "conducive conditions for Wood Destroying Organisms" to the punch list.

Comments (9)

Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Ah, yes, the old "out of sight, out of mind" problem. Part of the problem out here is that professions don't do cross-training anymore on how the work of one professional can impact the work of another professional. Of course, those subcontractors who left those wood scraps behind might also have interest in a pest control company -- LOL.

Feb 05, 2010 08:31 PM
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

I'm inclined to say "There oughta be a law."  But there's already a contract.



You know the old saying:  There job is never done until the paperwork wood debris is done.

Feb 05, 2010 09:23 PM
Melinda (Mel) Peterson
Grants Pass, OR - Bend, OR
@TheBlessedRealtor - ABR, CRS

Hi Jim ~ We run across that all the time here too!  Sloppy builders... or perhaps sub-contractors.  My inspection guy makes a note of the same issues on our Pest & Dryrot reports.  Thanks for posting about this important stuff :)

Feb 06, 2010 02:49 AM
Jim Allhiser
Perfection Inspection, Inc. - Salem, OR
Salem, Oregon Home Inspector

Russel,  Hmm.  the seeds of future work eh?

Jim,  It actually is a law as well, or a code anyway, but once the floor is slapped on the government workers can't be expected to poke their heads down their anymore.  

Paperwork=wood debris I think your profession knows about that better that any!

Feb 06, 2010 02:49 AM
Jim Allhiser
Perfection Inspection, Inc. - Salem, OR
Salem, Oregon Home Inspector

Melinda:  This is probably a condition anywhere homes are built.  Thanks.

Feb 06, 2010 03:18 AM
Vince Santos
StepByStep Home Services LC - Canton, MI
Southeast Michigan Home Inspector

So that's where I dropped that packet of Ketchup!

Feb 06, 2010 09:59 AM
Jim Allhiser
Perfection Inspection, Inc. - Salem, OR
Salem, Oregon Home Inspector

I found your Taco Bell wrapers too!

Feb 06, 2010 02:13 PM
Reuben Saltzman
Structure Tech Home Inspections - Minneapolis, MN
Delivering the Unbiased Truth.

Funny, I might have done the same thing, even on my own home.  Then again, I don't have wood destroying insects to worry about here in Minnesota.

Feb 07, 2010 12:53 PM
Jim Allhiser
Perfection Inspection, Inc. - Salem, OR
Salem, Oregon Home Inspector

Reuben,  You and me both.  When you are in construction time is money and the time it takes to take garbage to its proper place adds up.

No Wood destroying Insects!???  That surprises me!  I guess the fungus does all the work in that neck of the woods.

Feb 08, 2010 02:28 AM