What Happens When Nature Takes Over Abandoned Homes
In just five years an abandoned home can start to disappear.
An abandoned beach house on the Gloucester shore in Massachusetts could be the perfect piece of property for a rehab project.
A regal residence
If this residence got the attention it deserves, it’d be quite the estate—just like one of these houses in the United States that rank as the largest in their state.
An old mansion in Abkhazia, which is a region next to Russia and Georgia along the Black Sea, with overgrown plants could be a prime rehab project. The high ceiling and loads of windows likely made for a striking image in a past life.
Moss on roof
Back in 2008, the History Channel put together a series called Life After People, which explored what the world would look like if nature were free to reclaim it. Conventional wisdom says that an abandoned area will start to look like a forest in about five years, The moss on the roof of this house signals just the beginning of the eventual destruction of the house. Moss will absorb moisture and degrade material like shingles.
Plants creep in
If a building is left alone for as little as five years, weeds take over, plants will grow from cracks, windows blow out and allow wind and rain to get in. You can see that the roof has deteriorated to the point where anything can get inside. This house might be beyond repair, but these abandoned houses are just begging for someone to restore them.
Mold is terrible inside a home and kind of tricky to remove. As nature starts to run its course and moisture enters the home, mold will soon follow.
As rain is allowed unabated it will start to galvanize metal and rust it out. Even worse, when the weather gets below freezing, expansion and contraction of ice can split walls like a jackhammer. These abandoned hotels will give you the chills.
Pripyat is a ghost town that was the nearest to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant before the power plant got destroyed. This school remains relatively intact despite being evacuated more than 30 years ago.
Abandoned hospital near Chernobyl
These days several companies provide tours of Pripyat as radiation levels have dropped in most places. This room once served as part of a hospital for the town of 49,400. Here are even more eerie photos of Chernobyl you have to see.
Sand is really mobile and will invade homes if given the opportunity. We all know how tough it can be to get sand out of things and if there’s an abandoned house in the desert, it’ll soon become part of the landscape.
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This New Orleans home took on extensive damage when Hurricane Katrina struck and as you can see, the roof already has vegetation growing and its starting to hang below the gutters.
Home following a volcano eruption
This Indonesian home remained after Mount Sinabung erupted. The volcano started erupting in 2010 and has had intermittent eruptions since, the most recent coming June 9, 2019. People left behind their belongings as they fled the ash and pumice that rained down from the volcano. See even more chilling photos of abandoned places around the world.