Geography and Stats
I have a 60’ by 30’ ranch. That use to be a 30 by 30 not sure if that was the original dimensions but it’s close to that. The house is in South Jersey. Have the same weather as Phila. and Delaware. I live around flood zones since I am two miles away from the Delaware River. The ground is Clay.
Problems are 1. In some areas the clay ground is up to the floor’s bottom. There are three areas of the craw space each needs you to tunnel on your back to the area. The door down to the craw space is in the middle section. I would have loved this when I was a kid but now it’s a drag crawing aroung like a mole. I want to dig out the whole thing at least so I wont have to craw through there on my back and even a little more so I can scoot around on my legs. But I am thinking could this earth by some how my support to the house? I hope not 🙁 2. It’s never dry and smells like mildew. There are signs of mold down there. The owner before scraped it off and opened the vents on both 30’ sides of the house, they had been filled with leaves. From reading here that will never work and in fact as I just said it is not working. Also I find the sump pump coming to life when it rains. I don’t blame the sump pump for doing it’s job but I would like to kind of limit it’s use to a real flood. Also I noticed the rain from my roof is pouring down the sides of the house that will be fixed. So I have a good start as to re-establishing my drainage system. I need a good strategy of how to claim back the earth under my home and make it dry and essay to manage from here on. (by the way I notice some termite activity 40 feet from my house what are some affective way to kill them off?) This house needs a lot of repair to it craw space as I said by the wy so far no signs of rot, bathroom, roof, electric, Kitchen remodel and two add ons from the kitchen (laundry room) and other side for a larger bedroom. that was the order I had in mind. I plan to be DIY for all that a can do. So I guess Help! With your time and thoughts.
Here is a quick list of things to help me.
1. How to open up craw space to one large room and how to dig out some depth as well.
2. How do keep a dry craw space (condensation & rain)
3. How to kill them wood killing beast!?
4. and any misc. that might help me plan what next.
Burning the whole thing down is not new ideal I think of that one every day!!!!! Thanks Theharvs