Like so many of our neighbors, we are taking full advantage of the beautiful summer season here in Richmond. We may be biased, but all of us here at Stable Foundations feel fortunate to be in our community enjoying this time of year. We also want to take this opportunity to remind you about the importance of checking your Richmond crawl space for water damage every summertime. Summertime brings a flurry of activity, and while you are tackling your summertime cleaning and to-do lists, here are some important reasons why you should add checking your crawl space to that list: 

  • Regular crawl space maintenance is essential to catch and prevent mold in your Richmond home early. Moisture is a common problem for crawl spaces in Virginia. Left untreated, moisture can create mold problems that lead to costly repairs. Mold and mildew caused by crawl space humidity can cause structural damage and poor indoor air quality throughout your home. Crawl space encapsulation, vapor barriers, waterproofing, and dehumidifiers are all ways to prevent this kind of damage by controlling humidity and preventing crawl space water damage, protecting your Richmond home and your family. 
  • Spot leaks quickly. Checking your crawl space regularly will help it become routine, and checking it every summer will help you spot and prevent water leaks to your Richmond crawl space quickly when and if they happen. It is crucial to address water leaks as quickly as possible, as they can lead to a host of problems. If your pipes are leaking, you will see an increased water bill and you may also notice mold and mildew growth. If you don’t take care of leaks, further water damage will ensue. 
  • Pests and bugs prefer damp, warm crawl spaces. An unmaintained crawl space is like a homing beacon for unwanted guests in your crawl space. Pests, bugs, and rodents prefer to live in warm, damp areas of crawl spaces, set up nests, and reproduce. They can end up destroying your insulation, chewing wires, and even wood support beams if not addressed. Maintaining your crawl space is the best way to prevent pests in your Richmond crawl space. 

In addition to preventing costly damage and repairs, inspecting your crawl space every summer will give you peace of mind as you enjoy the beauty a Richmond summer season brings. If you notice symptoms of crawl space water damage in Richmond, contact the friendly team at Stable Foundations to get your free consultation today!