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greg938

07:12PM | 08/21/09
Member Since: 08/20/09
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Bvbasement
We are purchasing an existing home that was built in 1991. Part of the tri-level home has a fully poured basement. They were going to refinish the basement until they had water issues. They drilled holes into the foundation to let the water in and put about 4 feet of stone into the entire basement. Is this such a good idea...have they invited future problems such structural issues, insect, moisture damage, black mold issues, etc?

KingVolcano

01:50PM | 08/23/09
Member Since: 03/03/05
273 lifetime posts
Are you stating that someone drilled holes in their concrete foundation to let water into the basement? Are you also stating there is 4ft. of crushed stone in the same basement on top of the concrete floor?

Please confirm or reissue the question.

greg938

02:01PM | 08/23/09
Member Since: 08/20/09
5 lifetime posts
When they built this house the owner told me that a year after living there, they were getting water in the main basement; the basement having all utilites with hot water heater, washer, dryer, furnace, etc. Therefore they moved all appliances out of that part of the basement. It is a tri-level so they is an additional basement are at a higher level. They told us that the only way they could take care of the problem was to drill holes into the poured walls and fill the basement with approximately 4 ft of stone. My concerns are that we were not told of this issue until after putting earnest money down. Doesn't this situation invite mold, rot, insects, water, radon, etc? I have to get a contractor in now to give me an estimate to repair this problem. Let me know what you think! Thanks!

KingVolcano

04:48PM | 08/23/09
Member Since: 03/03/05
273 lifetime posts
I have been working in basements for a long time, but have never seen or heard of this. This is like cutting off your head because you have a headache. It does not make sense.

Are there drain holes in the floor? If the water just sits there, the humidity levels in the basement must be very high.

Is there a high water table or is it only for when it rains?

I inspected a basement a few days ago that had some water in an area with crushed stone, in a cut-out area that had 3 visible slugs crawling around in it. Not to mention a horrible stench. A dark, wet, perfect breeding ground for pathogens.

Any ground water coming into the basement can bring mold spores with it.

Since there is 4ft. of stone, one has to wonder what is down at the bottom. You could have a nightmare situation. I also wonder about the condition of the concrete.

My knee jerk reaction is to hire an attorney and get out of the contract due to valid health concerns.

Please tell me you live in the New England area so I can inspect this for you.

greg938

07:22PM | 08/23/09
Member Since: 08/20/09
5 lifetime posts
Thank you for your prompt response. One of the owners does not know if there are any drain holes...just holes drilled into the foundation to let the water in and out. She said they were told that the foundation was constructed three feet below the water table. I still do not know the purpose of the stone as of yet. I will keep you informed. Can you come out to New York State? We live in Elmira, NY. I am sure you cannot and we hate to spend $445 locally for a home inspector to say it is not done correctly and we do not buy the home. Let me know if you have any other thoughts on this. Thanks again!

KingVolcano

03:26AM | 08/24/09
Member Since: 03/03/05
273 lifetime posts
I can't imagine any home inspector would have the ability to state whether or not it was done correctly. Because, turning the basement into a catch basin for ground water is unorthodox.

1. Have you checked the wood in the basement for mold?

2. Has anyone ever taken humidity readings in the basement?

3. Is there a smell coming from the basement?

I'm wondering if it is even within code. You may want to check with the town's offices.

greg938

05:19AM | 08/24/09
Member Since: 08/20/09
5 lifetime posts
I am getting a well-known construction company to come in and assess the situation. I thought it was just a crawl space when I initially looked at it. There was enough room to crouch and get through. Then I was wondering why they put windows around the perimeter in the crawl space. We are going to take a closer look at the basement to inspect for mold, etc. I do not know if humidity readings have been taken by the owners. I will check into that as well. I also did not notice any odor. I will let you know the outcome and again thank you for your help.
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