Where is the crawlspace access?

The dining room addition gets no heat in winter and is unusuable. Also, there is no access to the crawlspace under the dining room floor, so I suspect it has been covered up.

The styrofoam smeared with concrete stucco looks suspicious and sounds hollow, so I decide to break off a piece to investigate.

There are cinder blocks behind the styrofoam, and the bottom ones have been properly sealed with tar.

With this information, I suspect that the crawlspace access is probably in the finished basement, covered with drywall.

Basement flooding again, even worse

Heavy rains hit the Twin Cities again, causing heavy flooding throughout the metro area a second time. Despite the new gutters, my basement was not spared. This time, it’s even worse, entering the house from all sides and seeping up through the floor, including under the stairs. I spend the next 2 days removing the water with a shop vac.

Bad tile job cracks

The tile in the upstairs bathroom cracks, indicating that it was improperly installed by the flippers.

This tile cracks, too!

The tile by the front door has cracked, indicating that it was improperly installed by the flipper.

Crawlspace access discovered!

I suspect that the crawlspace access beneath the dining room has been covered up with drywall, probably in the basement. I carefully mark the area to be demolished.

After removing the drywall, vapor barrier, and pulling back the insulation, my suspicions were confirmed: the foundation access had been covered up by the flippers.

Here is the crawlspace underneath my dining room, which has been starving for heat during the winter months. Finally, I have a way to solve the HVAC problems and replace the old silcock pipe.

The crawlspace is also full of construction debris that was thrown inside by the flipper.

Bagster #5 and some bad news

The next Bagster of debris is hauled away. ($144.00)

Additionally, the Dow chemical company responded to my product claim from the “Great Stuff” accident on March 30th. They concluded that the wall of the can was punctured by a sharp object, and declined any settlement. There was no sharp object. The can fell a mere 18″ onto soft carpeting. But considering that the same carpet was ruined by flooding on June 19th, the claim is a moot point.