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Crawlspace dampness

Posted by David Plourde on April 14th, 1999 07:38 PM

I have standing water (a couple of inches) in the crawl space under my raised foundation house, which occures when there is heavy rain.

I have been told by neighbors that it is due to a high water table under 4 or 5 houses in my neighborhood. I have been advised that the only remedy is a sump pump.

I read your answer to the previous crawlspace question where you requested additional information.

In my situation, there is no musty smell. There are plenty of vents around the house. The floor of the 2 foot crawl space is the natural dirt that was graded when the house was contructed. The house is 40 years old and the seasonal moisture does not seem to have hurt anything under the house.

What do you recommend. If you recommend a sump pump, can you provide the basic instructions on how to dig the pit, where it should be, what type of base material should be in the pit (i.e., gravel, concrete).

Your answer is appreciated.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

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