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Where would "life" be without "decay"?

     For those of you that follow my blogs, some of the pictures in today's post will look familiar.  Let me start out by saying I find moss visually stunning.  The colors it takes on, from fluorescent reds and greens; and various shades of brown and yellow all are incredible beautiful to me.moss







      As a home inspector I sometimes have to reconcile this beauty with the obvious problems that can be created by moss in the wrong places.  Moss grows where it has two things----food and water.  We really don't want components of our homes to be the source of that food no mater how beautiful it is.  Moss spores are everywhere---enabling it to take root wherever conditions are right.

     The beauty of decay has always fascinated me because of its apparent contradiction with staying alive.  It is in fact just a reflection of the process of life itself which is merely an endless cycle of birth---decay---death---etc.  As part of being human we kind of get hung up on the "decay phase" in-between the extremes, for obvious if not "egocentric" reasons.

     Whether it is moss on a roof......moss














     .....or on the end of a decaying log in our beautiful NW forests,moss











it plays an important role in the environment by helping hold moisture in the area---promoting decay, which provides food to sustain new life.  Now doesn't that sound like something to avoid in homes---at least as long as possible?  (Sounds like life doesn't it?) So get up there and get those roofs cleaned off,Looks like Steve needs some help with his garage.










----and don't let the moss grow under your feet!


Charles Buell 

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Comment balloon 3 commentsCharles Buell • April 01 2008 11:45AM



Those pictures of the mos are quite neat. I think moss is facinating also. Thanks for sharing.

Sean Allen

Posted by Sean Allen, International Financing Solutions (International Financing Solutions ) over 11 years ago
Great photos!.  I have never been to the north west before but it appears from many of your photos that moss grows like a weed out there.  It must be a constant battle to keep it off your roof?
Posted by David Holden, DRH Home Inspection Akron, Ohio Summit (DRH Home Inspection Akron, Ohio Summit County Home Inspector) over 11 years ago

Sean, you are welcome,

David, it is a CONSTANT battle! 

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 11 years ago