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Old 08-17-2005, 07:29 AM   #1
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'Earthy' smell in house from crawl...


Does anyone have any guidance for me about how to eliminate or reduce the 'earthy' (wet dirt) smell from the crawl space? I smell it mostly under the sinks and in the bathroom but also the living area, beneath which the crawl is only about 18" below the flooring.

We just bought the place & the inspector said to replace the plastic liners in the crawl and to redirect the downspouts outside. He said the dampness was surprisingly little considering the spout placement.

Now that we're in the house, I smell the dirt odor and it really bothers me! I thought maybe we should try to dry it out with fans as best we can, replace the plastic liner (which I have no clue how to do in the 18" section) and are there any other things we can do?

Hope you guys have some words of wisdom for me. I'm open to all suggestions and hope you can give me some!

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Mary

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Old 08-17-2005, 08:18 AM   #2
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How many vents do you have down there? I would crawl every square inch of the space and see if I could feel moisture anywhere and try to assess where it is comming from. Then I would try to dry everything out with fans and then crawl every square inch and check for moisture again. Usually these things take some time but can eventually be figured out if you stay after it. Probably need to know what climate your in to come up with the number and type of vents you might need.

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How many vents do you have down there? I would crawl every square inch of the space and see if I could feel moisture anywhere and try to assess where it is comming from. Then I would try to dry everything out with fans and then crawl every square inch and check for moisture again. Usually these things take some time but can eventually be figured out if you stay after it. Probably need to know what climate your in to come up with the number and type of vents you might need.
To be honest, I have no idea how many vents there are - we've been in for just a couple of days and still moving our stuff. The inspector said it's 'appropriately vented' but didn't give a number.

We're in NW Ohio and it's actually been very dry lately...

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Old 08-17-2005, 10:37 PM   #4
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Another problem with a wet crawler is mold. So getting your crawler to breath will be crucial.
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SOS, somebody help me please, I need your advise about “evil door”. I live in apartment on the second floor above the side entrance and entrance to the basement, which has laundry inside. The problem is the doors that slam so hard that I can fill vibrating walls and loud annoying noise. It is really TERRIBLE. The doors are metals and very heavy. They should be always locked because the building located in the busiest area of Queens, New York. Somebody, please help me!!!!!! I need your advice how I can bring the doors in normal conditions. By the way, the super of the building is not able to fix, even he tried so many times. The landlord will take a lifetime to take care of it. In other words, WELCOME TO NEW YORK. Lovely handy men, please give me a hint or at least some suggestions that will bring peace in my life. Anna.

Please write me at annabond28@yahoo.com. THANK YOU A LOT.
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SOS, somebody help me please, I need your advise about “evil door”. I live in apartment on the second floor above the side entrance and entrance to the basement, which has laundry inside. The problem is the doors that slam so hard that I can fill vibrating walls and loud annoying noise. It is really TERRIBLE. The doors are metals and very heavy. They should be always locked because the building located in the busiest area of Queens, New York. Somebody, please help me!!!!!! I need your advice how I can bring the doors in normal conditions. By the way, the super of the building is not able to fix, even he tried so many times. The landlord will take a lifetime to take care of it. In other words, WELCOME TO NEW YORK. Lovely handy men, please give me a hint or at least some suggestions that will bring peace in my life. Anna.

Please write me at annabond28@yahoo.com. THANK YOU A LOT.

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