Home Inspector with Border Home Inspections

We all like the looks of nice plants trees and vines on our properties. Well I often warn homeowners about the negative effects of these nice plants. Vines in particular can be a problem to the home. This week I came across an example of vines that had grown up under the soffit and across the attic for thirty feet to the attic hatch and back inside the home. It is amazing how well they grow. They will also grow under siding and trim and push it off the home. The other issue with vines is the potential for moss and mildue growth due to trapped moisture. I recommend moving the vines to an area that will not cause house problems later on. A freestanding structure usually works well.

Vines at attic hatch

Vines on insulation



Comments (1)

Michael Kitsch
Coldwell Banker - Katy, TX
Some vines will tear up your fence. You have to take care with vines. Be in charge of them. Don't let them get ahead of you. They can.
Jul 18, 2011 04:30 PM