I own a 1920’s Spanish stucco house in Los Angeles (No Los Angeles jokes please). We have a problem with an intermitently damp crawl space. The California basement (concrete) portion is dry, but the earth in the crawl space on one side of the house is moist – not quite mud, but definitely moister than it should be. It has been dry all winter – even during the rains – but now, all of a sudden it is wet again. I hired a “leak detection” company, and they said to replace a shower pan (which we did – along with the rest of the bathroom!) but didn’t find any other leaks. I called in a “basement encapsulation”company, but they discouraged me from encapsulating the crawl space since the house is in California(?!?) and that would only cover the problem up, not fix it. I am at a loss as to what to do now. I really want to fix the problem – if I only knew the cause. What kind of contractor or tradesman should I hire to solve my “case”?Oh yes, we live on a slightly sloping street and the dampness is on the uphill side, if that makes any difference.
I greatly appreciate any help.