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Posted by JAY J -MODERATOR on January 11th, 2003 05:47 PM
In reply to WET CRAWL SPACE FLOOR by MIKE on January 11th, 2003 10:52 AM [Go to top of thread]

HI MIKE,

THE PLASTIC IS USED TO KEEP THE MOISTURE DOWN. OTHERWISE, IT WOULD 'RISE UP' INTO THE LIVING SPACE, ABOVE, AND CAUSE OTHER PROBLEMS. THE FACT THAT THERE ARE BUGS AND STUFF UNDER THERE WOULD BE NORMAL SINCE THERE ARE BUGS THAT THRIVE UNDER THOSE CONDITIONS. THE PLASTIC SHOULD BE 6 MIL IN THICKNESS AND EXTEND THE FULL DIMENSIONS OF THE FLOOR. IT SHOULD NOT RISE UP THE SIDES! AS DAVID SUGGESTED, MAKE SURE THAT THE LANDSCAPING AROUND THE CRAWL/FOUNDATION IS 'SLANTED' AWAY FROM THE FUNDATION SO THAT WATER RUNS AWAY FROM THE FOUNDATION. YOU NEED A MIN. OF 1/4" PER FOOT BUT 1" IS BEST (FOR MIN. OF 3' DISTANCE.) CHECK THAT GUTTERS AREN'T LEAKING, THAT YOU HAVE GUTTERS WHERE THERE SHOULD BE GUTTERS, THAT YOUR DOWNSPOUTS ARE EXTENDED AT LEAST 3' FROM THE FOUNDATION, AND THAT WATER DOESN'T RUN BACK TOWARDS THE FOUNDATION. THE NEXT TIME IT RAINS, DON YOUR BOOTS AND RAINCOAT AND UMBRELLA (WATCH OUT FOR LIGHTENING) AND LOOK UP AND DOWN TO SEE WHERE/HOW THE WATER 'RUNS'. OH, BE SURE YOU LINE THE 'EDGES' OF THE PLASTIC W/SOMETHING TO KEEP THE EDGES DOWN. PT WOOD OR GRAVEL WOULD BE FINE.

MY BEST TO YA AND HOPE THIS HELPS.

JAY J -MODERATOR

PS: GOD BLESS AMERICA!

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