Originally Posted By: mpedeferri
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I inspected a very large, very nice, new construction home yesterday. While crawling in the crawlspace I came upon a soft spot. After further investigation I found a few wet areas. When I say “wet” in this case I mean soft/muddy soil and areas of standing water, mostly in the depressions of the irregularities in the soil…no large ponds!!! The vapor barrier is in very good condition, in fact it looks like the builder put new/additional plastic over the wet area. I also found a small strip drain of gravel under the vapor barrier leading down to a low spot and under the foundation. The floor is very well insulated and there is more than adequate ventilation. Another point is the this is in Seattle and believe it or not we have had VERY little rain in the last 2 or so months.
If I found this in the middle of the rainy December, I would be much less concerned. There have been a few posts on wet crawls, which I have read but they really didn't answer my questions.
My question is: Is this OK, how much water is OK? Builders say that's no problem, my basement/crawlspace guys says no way, no wetness is acceptable. I realize that the big factors are erosion and humidity in the crawl. What level of concern should I convey to the customer...who is a friend by the way so I have some latitude on discussing it with them.
Thanks in advance for any advice/comments.