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Rot beams in crawl space

Posted by Vivian on April 8th, 2003 02:41 PM
In reply to Some Questions by Tom Rawcliffe on May 4th, 1998 01:41 AM [Go to top of thread]


I am about to purchase a house (Redmond/WA) which has water problem since the day it was built in 1991.

The builder did not hook up a hose connected to a bathroom so for all the years the water has been flowed down to the crawl space area!

The inspection that a previous potential buyer found this problem and he backed out from the purchase. The seller is now fixing the problem - they are going to add 5 beams along side with the 5 rotten beams and apply some preservative to those rotten beams.

My husband went to see the crawl space. The soil was very wet - something like a clay dough in all crawl space. The area underneath the rotten beams are even wetter.

I am not sure what all these means.
Should I simply forgot about this house? Is it repairable? Has all these water causes some damage to the structures other than the 5 beams? Will this problem affect the resale value?

I would appreciate your answers.

Thanks, Vivian

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