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Old 01-13-2019, 11:35 AM   #1
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smelly crawl space

my client bought house, probably 30 years old built on landfill. He called me, there's strong odor coming out of crawl space, worse after rain. I checked it, there's some moisture on ground. Sewer lines are ok, I'd say it's moisture issue. I recommended him to contact company which specialize in crawl spaces, we found 2 with good reviews. What he should expect? Sealing with plastic, dehumidifier, ventilation fans?
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Old 01-14-2019, 02:02 PM   #2
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I'm no expert on moisture control, but it sounds like it needs Durock, Kerdi, and tile to the underside of the joists.

Are they up for that?
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Old 01-14-2019, 02:30 PM   #3
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If there's no plastic covering the dirt that would be the very first thing to do.

Also make sure that the ground next to the foundation walls slopes away from the walls, and that rain down spouts are directed/extended away from the foundation.
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We had that some years ago. God awful smell. Turned out a ‘possum crawled under the house and died. The moisture helped it decompose and get bloated and ugly and smelly. Makes me still gag all these years later on getting him outta there.
Could be something as common as dead mouse. They usually just dry up and sit there mummified. The moisture gets ‘em started on the rotting process.
You do tile; let someone else crawl around there sniffing down the source.
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Yup, forgot about the dead critter issue Jeff, have had my share of mice (which are good for about 4 days of stink) and 1, possibly 2 squirrels (which are good for well over a week of stink) in my crawl space.

Hasn't been much of a problem after I sealed off their main entry point. They now have to work much harder to meet their demise.
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Family had a cat that rather then kick it outside in the Minnesota winter to do it's bidness'.... they would kick it into the basement crawl space.

Bad idea!
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clean up, some sort of plastic barrier, 2 sump pumps - 15k
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