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  • #16
    Re: Dry Out Already????

    That's over flowing tub. Kenneth
    Kenneth Collier
    Maintenance and Sewer

    P.O. Box 9441
    Jackson, MS 39206
    (601) 613-2678 (Cell)
    drainman881999@yahoo.com

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    • #17
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      I miss slab leaks!
      ANYONE CAN TAKE THE HELM WHEN THE SEA IS CALM.

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      • #18
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        Westcoast, Since you mentioned the ants, What are the odds you have a large ant colony under the house that is holding water?

        When I lived in SOCAL ( San Bernardino) the giant ant colonies were fairly common and VERY large (2-3 good size house foundations in size).

        Off the wall for sure but

        You might talk to a local pest control guy to verify

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        • #19
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          Mark, I was thinking about the irrigation system today and probably the best way to check it is to turn the nearest zone on and turn off every head on the zone. If the meter is still turning, you've got a leak.

          But, you probably already thought of that.
          "Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied." Mark Twain

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          • #20
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            Robert, any updates?
            Buy cheap, buy twice.

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            • #21
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              Updates.....kinda

              I called Western Exterminator. Ants wouldn't be a cause of the moisture, they are just there because of the moisture, good thought though.

              I called the building inspector, moisture barrier is not required, only installed if the plans called for it.

              So next week when I have time I will break an old spot and see what happens.

              We will then be able to monitor the moisture content and see if it is mud, moist, gets better or worse with the irrigation etc.

              As for the humidifier, this is a good idea, just not sure if this would cause a problem in just 2 locations on the same wall. If it was humidity, I would think the bubbles would be multiple places in the house.

              Get back to you next week

              I appreciate all your thoughts and brainstorming.
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              Robert

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              • #22
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                Your mention of humidity reminded me of a job I saw 2 years ago. Essentially, a house had a new ac unit grossly oversized installed. The house only had 2 tons of cooling and it never got below 80. She wanted it to get down to 65. She had a 5 ton if my memory is right(doubt it but take a chance) and it actually got down to 65 in the summer. The walls were poorly insulated and this caused the walls to sweat. If you took the cover off the switches and outlets, the metal boxes were rusted and the entire house was damp. The walls were CMU block walls. This might be another possibility to look into.
                Buy cheap, buy twice.

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                • #23
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                  Hmmm..... is the house stucco? Stucco can show some of what your seeing if installed incorrectly. Look in the attic also. More than once had rain/dew follow the vent through bad flashing.

                  Plumbing wise the leaks are usually consistent. You know, leaks everytime you flush, everytime they shower, use this drain or that one. If the meter isn't moving then that settle the water distribution. Unless it leaks at the shower risers or tub spouts.

                  Also seen drops eventually leak from a drywall nail or screw.

                  Maybe I missed it, but have you poked a hole in the drywall at the worst spots and took a look with any of your cameras? Keep us posted.

                  J.C.

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                  • #24
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                    I'm putting money on sprinklers with the amount of info.Something is being left out,I don't know what.

                    Cut that blistered paint area.Gonna get patched anyway.

                    Do you want me to send over a "MOLD SPECIALIST" I saw handing out flyers in front of the grocery store.Society is telling you "you should".I'm an anti-social so I don't.

                    When are we getting more information.

                    Adam
                    Last edited by drtyhands; 04-17-2008, 07:08 AM.

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                    • #25
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                      Westcoast, what happened with this call?
                      "Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied." Mark Twain

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                      • #26
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                        Sorry for not getting back to you guy's

                        The dirt under the slab was damp, but nothing that would cause the walls to bubble in places.

                        A concrete contractor went over and said there was nothing around the foundation to protect the foundation and the stucco from moisture, so he estimated the installation of some sill plate.

                        he didn't warranty it, but was sure it will prevent the moisture buildup between the stucco, concrete and dirt. there were 2 options, trench just the visible area of moisture, or trench around the whole house, 2' deep all the way around to install this protection.

                        I forgot the name of what was going to be installed, but it was not a plumbing problem

                        the other thing, there was a huge crack in the corner of the slab, that supports the corner of the house, where alot of moisture was entering. that was something else that needed to be repaired.
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                        Robert

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                        • #27
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                          Originally posted by westcoastplumber View Post
                          Sorry for not getting back to you guy's

                          The dirt under the slab was damp, but nothing that would cause the walls to bubble in places.

                          A concrete contractor went over and said there was nothing around the foundation to protect the foundation and the stucco from moisture, so he estimated the installation of some sill plate.

                          he didn't warranty it, but was sure it will prevent the moisture buildup between the stucco, concrete and dirt. there were 2 options, trench just the visible area of moisture, or trench around the whole house, 2' deep all the way around to install this protection.

                          I forgot the name of what was going to be installed, but it was not a plumbing problem

                          the other thing, there was a huge crack in the corner of the slab, that supports the corner of the house, where alot of moisture was entering. that was something else that needed to be repaired.
                          Weep Screed?

                          Mark
                          "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

                          I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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                          • #28
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                            Originally posted by ToUtahNow View Post
                            Weep Screed?

                            Mark
                            This is almost as bad as speculating politicians.

                            Yeah Mark,if they don't have the stucco flashed at the sill the lawn sprinkler water may not shed before getting under the plate.

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