Why is vegetation a call out on inspections? I mean they are just plants right? What harm could plants do to my house? More than you would probably think. Here are a few reasons vegetation should always be trimmed back, cleared and removed from being in contact with your home.
Moisture – When it comes to a home the number one enemy is moisture. Moisture rots wood, attracts bugs and basically eats away at a home if not properly managed. Vegetation holds a lot of moisture. When it is in contact with your home that moisture is being transferred to it.
Bugs and Critters – Florida is a Red State for termite activity, which means they are here and if you give them an opportunity they will find a way into your home and start causing damage. A home covered in vegetation is like setting up highways for termites and other bugs to find entry into your home. Also snakes, squirrels and other climbing critters have a much easier time getting up into your attic if they have vegetation to use as a ladder.
Wear and Tear - A tree, bush or other vegetation wear on a home’s outer shell. Wind, rain and growth cause vegetation to move. This movement while in contact with the home causes wear on the outer shell of the house. This includes roofing, siding and even stucco or masonry.
These are the main reasons to keep vegetation off your home. Following these simple maintenance tips will keep your home in good shape and lasting for years to come. For any questions on your home feel free to contact Home Inspectors Group – 407-301-5936
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