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Crawl Space Water, Trapped More Ways Than One

"Completely Remodeled - Must See Inside!!"

- and the first thing I find is crawl space water, trapped more ways than one.

This is a remodeled older house, and advertised all over with signs.

The clients had not arrived yet, so I was making a little whoopi around the house.  Discovering a crawl space I grabbed my light and went in!

There was standing water and mud everywhere, and it was very low, 12"-30", so getting around was going to be on my belly.

Not doing that - who knows what is in that water!  This is the beginning of the day and I am not going to be covered in sewage-laden typhoid, cholera or diphtheria for the rest of the day!

This photo is also an example of the fine HVAC I found in place.

The house boasts a "New HVAC System!"  Well, the unit is 9 years old, the old duct work in the crawl space is not insulated, has holes and disconnections, and is not supported well.  For all I know this is a part of the source of the water!

The "New Kitchen!" is plumbed interestingly, leaks terribly and part of the source for the crawl space water.  There is too much for photographs!  It would be a very fun gee-what-do-we-do-now-?-half-hour TV shows!  With me as the sarcastic tour guide!

But the really fun installation was the "New Laundry Room!!".  It was a coat closet converted into a laundry space with a stack-able unit, but NOT a room.

Wonderful!

From the washing machine drain entrance to the bottom of the trap is over 6'.

And is the new square trap design the new wave in plumbing trap thinking?  We are waiting breathlessly for the answer to that one!

And see where the drain line begins in the left photo?  The right photo shows that it continues at an incline for it's 20' of run to connected to the aforementioned "interesting" plumbing under the "New Kitchen!"  I'm going to guess that there is a LOOOOT of water trapped in that "trap" and drain system in the crawl space!  And here's another example of the wondrous "New HVAC System!"

The insulation under the floor is classic all over too!

My recommendation:  I am finding a lot of "remodeled" houses on the market.  I am finding a lot of horrible "remodeling" on the market.  I am finding a lot of unprofessional work in houses on the market.  And for sure, I don't know if this was done by a "professional" (cough) or homeowner, but it doesn't matter.  My client will inherit this upon purchase!  But I observe and report.  I don't decide for the client!

 

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 13 commentsJay Markanich • June 16 2013 04:46AM

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Hi Jay,

What's not to like about the free slip and slide in the crawl. I bet the sellers did'nt even charge a dime for the free ride. LOL

Got to be fixed. No matter if they sell the home or not.

Have a great fathers day in Bristow my friend.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) about 5 years ago

Gosh, this looks like a mess indeed.  Glad you didn't go rolling around in that crawl space.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 5 years ago

Nobody would know that without going into the crawl Clint!  And the entrance was very small - I barely fit!

Debbie - that's a big yuck!  Even with a zoot suit to cover - they aren't waterproof or disease resistant!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

Jay, I am glad it was you not me in that house. It never ceases to amaze me what some "contractors" will do. I know one thing, the next time I buy I will pay what ever you charge to come to the NC coast to inspect it.

Posted by Tom Bailey (Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc.) about 5 years ago

C'mon Tom!  Live a little!  And thanks again for the nice compliment.  But my report might not be usable as NC has specific licensing requirements for home inspectors.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

I'm with Clint.... a free sewage slip and slide!

The rip off flippers really get me, I recently had one as well that was beautiful inside but the rest of it was a dump!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 5 years ago

This one wasn't even beautiful if you looked inside doors and cabinets Fred!  No slip and slide for me though.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

Jay, I might have to get a second one for a loan, but I want you do do one when I buy in the next year or so. I want one from you for peace of mind.

Posted by Tom Bailey (Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc.) about 5 years ago

My Marine son has a house in Jacksonville, not far from you Tom.  But he is being transferred and I think will be selling the house.  Not sure when that will happen.  Again, thank you for your kind words.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

Jay, They were more than kind words. I MEAN what I said. When we buy here in the next year or so I want to pay you what  ever I have to, and get you to come inspect it. If you come see your son before he leaves call me (252-269-2745) and I will buy you lunch, coffee, and or a beer. Please tell your son thank you for his service. My daughter is the broker in charge of a large firm in Wilmington, NC. They have an office in Jacksonville. She does not sell anymore but would be glad to make sure your son is well taken care of when he gets ready to sell.

Posted by Tom Bailey (Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc.) about 5 years ago

Thank you again Tom.  He just texted me this morning saying he is renting a room in Fredericksburg while he is trying to buy a place up here.  His plan is to rent the Jacksonville house until whenever.  I will let him know of your offer!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

Jay, My daughter's company has one of the largest long term rental companies in NC. My daughter is not involved in the day to day of rental, but I am sure she would be glad to help him with the home. Let me know if he wants her help. I will put them together.

Posted by Tom Bailey (Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc.) about 5 years ago

I'll ask him Tom.  And thanks!

Right now he is renting the individual rooms to Marines short term.  He says he will always have clients.  But the best laid plans...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 5 years ago

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