A Moldy Crawlspace Nightmare
I admit I was caught off guard on this one.
Usually I can tell when I’m about to open up a proverbial can of worms, but not this time. My current client asked me simply enough to provide wiring for a future baseboard heating unit. Simple enough, right? Wrong.
A Romex wire to provide 220v for the heater needed to run from an existing thermostat location through an inaccessible crawlspace area and up into an exterior wall for future use. After pulling back the carpet and pad in a corner of the room I cut a 16″x24″ access hole through the subfloor and, flashlight in hand, ventured in to scout a route for the wire. What I found caught me off guard.
Even with all my years in the building and remodeling trades to prepare me for extremes, this stuff gave me the heebie-jeebies! I picked up entry level haz-mat suits to wear while working on this one.
Its tough enough to discover a problem this extensive and figure out a practical way to fix it, but there is another more troubling issue. I had to tell my client the extent of deterioration of the floor structure, all because of the seemingly simple task of running a wire. And I like these folks. Must be how a doctor feels when he has to give a patient bad news?
So I’ll end up doing structural work for the wiring. Sounds like structural wiring to me.
I’ll post follow-ups as I come home from work each day… Stay Tuned
Other parts of this sags:
This joist was so far gone that I was able to poke my finger right through it.
Fungi in the crawlspace.