Headline in the paper reads: “HOUSE COMMITS SUICIDE!”
Apparently the house just could not take it any longer and decided that enough is enough.
I mean really, what is a house to do, when no one ever cared enough about it for the last hundred years to put a proper foundation under it and has allowed a river of mud to attempt to carry it down the hillside.
It is actually somewhat amazing that the house put up with such difficult life circumstances for as long as it did before deciding to go over the edge. It had to fight off infestations of structure crippling fungi and insects for most of its life and had the same injuries bandaged over and over in many places.
But some lives can’t be fixed with band-aids. Sometimes the things that “bug” us get the best of us. In this case the bugs are Anobiid Beetles and Dampwood Termites. Forget about all the wood decay/rot eating away at many areas.
Eventually nature always reclaims its own—-all we can do as home builders and as home owners is to put it off as long as possible. The best homes are given protection that does not involve someone’s plan for job security. It is likely that many of the under structures have been replaced multiple times due to the conducive conditions that have never been dealt with properly.
PS—-those things sticking out of the mud are “horsetail” starting to grow.
Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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