Charlottesville, and Central Virginia as a whole, is known for humidity in summer and heavy rains during the spring. While this lets Charlottesville residents appreciate the changing seasons, it does pose unique problems for homeowners.
There are three common types of moisture intrusion in the home: ground, rain and water vapor.
Ground moisture becomes a problem when water pools in crawl spaces and basements. Given that many Charlottesville homes are multiple stories with below-ground basements, Airflow Diagnostics Institute acknowledges the danger of ground moisture to local residents.
Moisture from rain can come from leaky roof, failed siding, and improper window flashing.
Water vapor issues can come from improperly installed house wrap, improper moisture barriers in crawl spaces and under slab applications.