I wanted to share some insight and information regarding preventative maintenance for parts of your home you do not see that often.
Far too many homeowners neglect their crawl space and attic. In some cases, crawl space cleaning is avoided simply because it is not visible. But cleanliness has many advantages besides good looks. People don’t go there too often and hence its care and cleanliness becomes secondary.
Crawl space cleaning is also ignored because many feel that since no one goes there, it would remain clean. This is true to certain extent, but there are some things beyond our control. This includes leaking pipes and in general moisture from the air that can cause damage. Everything which is made of wood will absorb this moisture and become weak. Homeowners would be wise to avoid this for the safety of their own home.
The Hampton Roads area is surrounded by water, at or close to sea level, has a healthy amount of rainfall every year and very humid conditions during a good part of the year. Add poor drainage, below grade crawlspaces, flooding basements, no gutters, lack of proper ventilation, and poor house designs blocking proper ventilation. Any or all of these factors affect Tidewater homes and may contribute to some very serious moisture problems.
In the end, it is always better to take precautionary measures than to have trouble later. Emergency situations can be saved simply by contacting a local Crawl Space Professional and protect your biggest financial investment as it deserves. Please don’t hesitate to call or write if you have any questions.