Honey, did you remember to send an invitation to the termites?
Having a house party?
Let's say you are, oh, remodeling an old farmhouse. It's listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and has a listing in both the local county and city.
The process has taken a long time and cost a lot of money. You are so proud of this effort that you have invited every person who has had a hand in the house's restoration to a big party.
Including the termites!
Wondering how will you know the termites have showed up to the party?
They will appreciate how this siding lets so much moisture against the house! This is James Hardie siding - termite resistant. They won't harm the James Hardie siding.
But they will get under it. And behind it. And inside it.
Their job? To consume cellulose and break it down into usable nutrients.
And they will begin quickly! They will work 24/7/365, and on leap year. They will be relentless and come in numbers you would not believe. It will be a never-ending parade.
What are they looking for?
Wet wood! Delicious, available, laid-out-in-a-fine-buffet, wet wood! Like the wood above.
Mr. Rogers would say, "Can you spell 'yum yum' boys and girls?"
My recommendation: installing siding is more than just installing siding! It involves paying attention to everything, the whole picture, seeing things now and things that might happen in the future. Everything! Looking ahead is a Best Practice. Believe me when I say the termites will not politely wait until you are finished with the project to begin. They will not wait for your party! Termites think they are the party! Termites are party animals!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560