Question for any inspectors doing work in close proximity to the ocean; I Inspected a home yesterday, approx. 500 yards from the ocean and discovered a large flood in the crawlspace.
When I opened the crawlspace hatch there was 4 inches of water on the floor. I had the buyers agent take a look and she called the listing agent to make them aware. The listing agent (on speaker phone) proceeds to say “oh that is normal; there was a king tide and it can cause water to flow into the crawlspace. It will go away in a couple of hours” Sure enough 1.5 hours later the water had drained out, leaving a wet floor in the crawl. I declined to enter the space due to the water issue and not knowing if there could be electrical hazards present. Obviously it’s not acceptable to have any moisture ingress of this volume enter the crawlspace, but I’m curious if any of you have run into this scenario before, and how did you report it? I’ve commented in the report that there is a serious water ingress issue that requires further inspection by a engineer or foundation specialist. Any thoughts or feedback is appreciated!