It is not uncommon to find vinyl siding that has been melted/deformed by either sun reflection off windows or from someone parking their grille too close to it. However, the other day, while I was inspecting a house with wood siding I saw the same sort of deformation that looked like the wood had “melted.”
Everyone knows that wood does not “melt,” so what could possibly be going on?
Can you see the melted area in the following picture?
This actually is the result of where parts of the house up near the roof that were on fire, dropped to the ground and caught the lower portion of the house on fire---then the charred wood was painted over. Perhaps this area should have been replaced when the top of the wall was replaced. Either way it does not seem to impact the comings and goings of rodents through the crawl space vent screen.
I don’t see a lot of fire damaged houses, but this was a good example of what can happen to the structure of a home after a fire because the house drywall was yet to be installed. By the looks of the front entryway door---20 feet away from the origins of the fire in the master bedroom---it had to have been pretty lucky that the entire house was not lost.
Hopefully no lives were lost.
Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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WA State, Home Inspector Advisory Licensing Board