02:35PM | 12/02/02
Member Since: 12/01/02
2 lifetime posts
Hi All,

I am a new home buyer in Seattle. During inspection we found around more than 1 ft of water in some areas in the crawl space of the house. Inspector said that its ground water that’s seeping inside. So in the inspection report we asked the builder to provide a permanent solution to this problem by providing a gravel layer on the top and also provide a French drainage under the crawl space. The builder has come back and said that he wont provide a gravel layer but would something that’s industry standard. The builder said that they would gradient (slope) the crawl space so the water would slide and collect at one end and provide a drainage after that (what type i am not aware still). Since i am in Seattle and it rains practically every month here i am bit worried about this. Can some one suggest what’s the best way to solve this. i am a novice ..any help appreciated.


[This message has been edited by NewHomeBuyer (edited December 02, 2002).]

Jay J

04:15PM | 12/02/02
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Dear NewHomeBuyer,

It's hard to say what the 'correct' solution is to your problem. You could ask your Municipal Inspector about potential options. Just be sure to tell him you're not looking for specific advice, but you're looking for options. (This way, he won't feel you can sue him for 'bad advice'.) I'll give some thoughts to your problem.

You see, the best answer depends on where you live, the landscape situation, what (if anything) can be done w/the excess water, and so on. Options include, but aren't limited to: french drain, sump pump, damming, relandscaping

You may want to hire a New Home Inspector too. Be sure he's not recommended by the Realtor, the Builder, the Financier, or the like. ANd you should hire a Real Estate Attorney if you don't have one. It's worth a few 100 $$$s!!! Believe me - I hear all the bad stories. You're gonna sink 10's of 1000's of $$$s into a new home and you won't spend less than $1000 for a New Home Inspector and a Real Estate Attorney??! If you can't afford these folks that work for YOU, you need to rethink your priorities.

I wish you well. My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!


09:37PM | 12/02/02
Member Since: 12/01/02
2 lifetime posts
Hi Jay,

thanks for quick reply. more details about the house location.

we are suitated on a plateau and as per the inspector the ground water level is just few feet below the ground level. We also hv a strom water pit about 30 feet to back of our house. As per the builder they are going to slope the crawl space towards the strom water pit, provide trenches inside the crawl area to help the water collection. And they would provide a mechanism to drain the water to strom water pit (the exact mechanism i am still not aware). But one thing i am sure is that our house crawl space is higher than that of the strom water pit.

Our inspector was really good. he was recommended by a friend. he was really throrough. he took more than 8 hrs to do the inspection and in the end he created a very good detailed report. he was an ex govt inspector. he is a kind of person who critizes most of the stuff.

regarding attorney i ll look for one. thanks for your advice...

-NewHome Buyer



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