Question from Jean:
I don't know if you remember doing the inspection in Hoboken. We are renting out the unit and I just went in and saw this on the walls. What do you think it could be from? We live right above and while we can see screws it's nowhere near as bad! Appreciate any insight!
Answer from Willy:
It's from HIGH humidity in the apartment. The moisture is affecting every wall stud and sheet rock nail or screw. The nails/screws are steel so they conduct temperature changes very quickly and because they are steel, they rust. Is the basement wet? Do they have a lot of plants? Tropical fish tanks? Or do they burn a lot of candles and incense? These could all be the cause and you are correct its called GHOSTING.
Question from Vin:
From our inspection you noted the grading around the foundation went toward the house in many spots. I am working on grading it away from the house using dirt. I have cut back the veg to let in air and light.
A couple issues:
Answer from Willy:
Bluestone is great. My whole back patio is bluestone with a clearance of about 2 inches from the bottom coarse of siding to the top of the bluestone. It's been working but I have to spray weed killer around the perimeter to keep the weeds from growing.
Be VERY careful about mulch. Most mulch is any wood they can find. They grind it up and dye it a cedar color. Read the label if it says dyed cedar don’t buy it. Kind of like juice added its not 100% real juice. If you can find real cedar mulch it smells GREAT.
You can also use bark nuggets. Tree bark has natural enzymes in it that protect the tree from insects and fungus so it keeps bugs and termites away from your house. Stones are also good if you like that look. My wife used to be able to get coco shells/husks. Can’t get them anymore or I’d be using them - the whole place smelled like chocolate!