Crawl space

janice1953April 3, 2006

I have a very wet crawl space and need advice. This is a new house and water from irrigation system did not drain propertly and it backed up into the crawl space. The warranty people drain the water from under the house and seemed to think that it is a result of a crushed french drain that happened when the patio was poured. As a result of not drying up we have a bad odor inside the house. Under the plastic it has remained very wet, but not standing in water thank goodness. Anyway, we have been trying to get the warranty people back out to see if anything else could be done. They finally had the house inspected by a moisture control firm. We are yet to know what their report found. We also had the house inspected by someone of our choice and they found no mold, only an extreme amount of moisture and said that the odor in CS is the same as inside the house. Just this past week they have hauled in dirt and put it in the CS. I don't understand how this will help since we had good elevation in the CS to begin with. I feel if it is not drying out the moisture that was already there will continue to be extremly wet and will seep back to the top. No attempt has been made to find the source of the drainage problem. What should we do? I really want to trust these people but with them putting us off all winter I am afraid they are just putting us off until our 1 yr. warranty expires.Any input would be much appreicated.

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I feel for you! We have a CS in our 16 year old house. I have always hated it because I can always smell it! Of course my husband thinks I'm nuts because he can't smell it. Ours has openings into the basement and even though it seems dry the smell is worse in the spring and when it rains. I say it wicks moisture from outside and the odors come up thru the dirt. I have always wanted to cement it over or something to seal it. I fought hard for a full basement but he was too cheap! How I hate that CS! CS's only get worse over the years...GOOD LUCK!

    Bookmark   April 13, 2006 at 10:35PM
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There is a new product that seals out moisture and odors in dirt crawl spaces, its call an encapsulation system. It is a 20 mil pool liner material that they fasten and seal to the top of the foundation wall. The foundation vents are sealed off permanently providing energy effeciency. Every seam is taped and sealed, preventing any moisture and odors from the ground from evaporating or drafting into the main floor. You can also condition the space with air from the duct system or the main floor. For more information contact,, or

    Bookmark   November 1, 2006 at 9:39PM
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