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Old 01-24-2009, 02:00 PM   #1
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I have discovered my floorboards in one isolated area of my ground floor, next to an outside wall, and under the stairs are wet, and have in fact disintegrated the carpet. I have taken some floor boards up to discover that the wall and the joists under this area are soaking wet but not rotten or damaged. Specialists have said it is not rising damp and there is no sign of a broken pipe. I am now somewhat at a loss. It is an old victorian house with suspended floor, meaning that there is a lot of rubbish under the floor. Could this be caused by this rubbish blocking the gap between the floor joists and the wall itself? Does anyone have any other suggestions please? thanks in advance for any help.
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Not enough info to make a good guess.

What do you meant by rubbish? Any signs of leaks from outside?

Seems to me if you had a specialist there they should have been able to identify the source.

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Thanks Mike

There does not seem to be anything obvious on the outside. have just got all the floorboards up and it seems to be just one joist that is wet.

Thanks for your response.

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pictures are really helpful when asking for advice
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hi
It is an old victorian house with suspended floor, meaning that there is a lot of rubbish under the floor. Could this be caused by this rubbish blocking the gap between the floor joists and the wall itself? Does anyone have any other suggestions please? thanks in advance for any help.
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Like everyone says, more detailed description or some pictures would hep. For example I have a few questions:
1- By "suspended floor" you mean the house sits on a crawlspace? If so, how high it is, and does it have a dirt floor?
2 - How's the house finished on the outside? Could it be a hole on the siding/finish, allowing the water in?

However, ultimately, your best bet is to have someone inspect and give you an informed opinion.
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Would this one wet spot happen to be under a window?
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:32 PM   #7
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Start with the roof. Turn a hose on it for a while and see what happens. I've seen water running down the studs from a leaky roof before.

I've also seen where a fireplace chimney wasn't at the high point of the roof line and water ran down the roof and hit the chimney's flashing and deflected around it. All went fine for years until the flashing's sealer failed and then there was a puddle in the living room near the chimney whenever it rained.
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Sounds like condensation building up on the rim joist but without further info it's only a guess.

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