There are times in winter when it feels like the rain never stops and I have to remind myself that rain is just a part of living in the Northwest. However, extended periods of rain is more than just a hassle for commuters. For homeowners that rain could yield water intrusion and damage to their home. It does not matter if you live in new construction or a classic house from the early 20th century, water can find a way in. Once water enters the home, it can lead to a number of problems including dry rot and mold.
Dry rot is the rapid decaying of wood and can compromise the structural integrity of your house. On the flip side, mold is a very serious health danger, both in the long and short term. In particular, mold can have a large impact on the health of children, who are more susceptible than adults. With either problem, it can be very expensive to fix and clean up, and may require the assistance of a Portland construction attorney or a Seattle contract dispute lawyer to help recover the costs.
Though water intrusion is a point of concern, this blog is not intended to alarm homeowners, but raise the level of awareness. The lesson is simple: You never want to ignore water intrusion and let problems go unchecked. Instead, walk around and become familiar with your home. If you catch water intrusion early on and are proactive about fixing and resolving the issues, you are not only protecting yourself but your investment. Since a house is typically the largest investment for most families, make sure to prioritize that investment.
Remember, if you suspect water intrusion, don't wait, but investigate.