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May I ask about a crawlspace? I am buying a house

Posted by bldn10 (My Page) on
Thu, Jul 22, 10 at 16:07

to renovate that has a conventional foundation w/ <2' crawlspace. (The plumbers will hate me.) I crawled underneath and it has a black plastic vapor barrier that has done its job keeeping the structure dry. However, poor grading and drainage around the foundation has allowed water to get underneath the plastic, and it is a 2" deep bog underneath. I'm thinking I should pull all that plastic out and allow it to dry out under there, maybe even having to set up some fans to pull moisture out. I may be able to reuse the plastic after rinsing it off. Obviously, I will do drainage/grading work and maybe put up gutters. Does this sound like a good plan?

FWIW on the topic of basements, the last house I bought had a 13x13 basement w/ a sump pump. Unfortunately, it was a foreclosure and the power had been off about a year. 2' of standing water! After pumping it out and getting the sump pump back online it remained damp. I ended up having a contractor put in a perimeter French drain that fed the sump pump - and no more moisture problems.

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RE: May I ask about a crawlspace? I am buying a house

If the price is right and the contractors are reasonable..
I would not touch an improperly built/designed house for more than $10 grand above its land price.

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