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Cottage Renovation / Mildew Smell

Posted by Tim Hansen on March 27th, 2000 07:57 AM

We have a 30 yr old summer cottage on a Michigan sand
dune. The cottage is on a cement block foundation with
sand for the crawl space floor. A strong "cottage"
smell exists. I assume the sand floor is the main
source of the moisture creating the smell. What is
the best method of approaching the problem? Can a
vapor barrier / concrete slab be added without creating
other problems? If we do this, and get other sources
of moisture under control, will the smell disipate.
Are there other issues we should be concerned with?
Finally, any recommended reading sources?

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