How to Mothball Historic Properties: Video Available

The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia (PAWV) released its newest technical how-to video which offers a step-by-step guide to mothball historic properties. Mothballing is the process of creating a ventilated envelope around a building to preserve the structure until it can be restored.

This technique is frequently used for historic properties for which rehabilitation funding is not immediately available. It’s a useful¬†tool for dealing with vacant and dilapidated properties because it buys the owner time to¬†protect the building from vandals and weather until funds can be raised to rehabilitate it. This video includes a materials list and step-by-step instructions on how to build window and door panels that when applied, result in minimal damage to wood frames.

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