Originally Posted By: slanicek
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A friend of a friend got in contact with me the last few days. The story is they have owned this home for four years now, did not have an inspection done when they bought the place. They did some inspecting on their own before buying going so far as to get into the crawlspace and check things out. Everything was fine…then.
Several months later when winter came along they noticed that they were not getting a damn thing in the way of heat upstairs. Husband goes down in the crawlspace to see whats up with the furnace. He opens up the crawlspace and humididty and heat hits him in the face immediately. The furnace ducts are disconnected and there is water everywhere.
The problem now is the water in the crawlspace.The furnace, it was just a matter of hooking the ducts back up and everything was fine. Question was, were they loose like that on purpose to help dry out the area or did they just innocently slip off. Thats specualtion. What is a fact is that there is water in the crawlspace sporadicly. I asked her all the questions that came to mind: is your water bill high? i.e. a water line causing the problem? no; gutters clogged? no; extensions on your downspouts? yes; proper garding of surrounding area? yes; near a body of water? no; have you called the city/county water department to come out and check it? yes, they verified that it was not their water by doing a chemical test on it; do you have any constant wet areas in your yard, areas of constant green grass in the summer....i'm thinking maybe a septic tank issue. no.
She tells me that the last few years after much investigating that they have discovered there are prevalent underground streams in the area. Could this be the culprit? I mean she tells me that the space isn't just moist and humid but that the sump regularly runs and that you can actually see the water flowing down there. ![icon_eek.gif](upload://yuxgmvDDEGIQPAyP9sRnK0D0CCY.gif)
The home is about 12 years old and she says that there are really no major structural issues like sheetrock cracks, windows/doors out of square and hard to close, etc..
She's in the process of suing the former owner because she says the crawlspace problem was not disclosed and she has some witnesses who say that the previous owner was well aware of the problem.