new house - wet crawl space

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Home Inspector with Clear Choice Home Inspections, Inc
Raleigh Home Inspection on Tuesday April 2008.  Inspected a brand new house yesterday and the front foundation wall and soil were very damp.  The grading at the front was done improperly and it had a front porch comprised of wooden planks.  The porch was only covered about half way with a roof above.  The gaps in the planks lead directly to the crawl space.  So, when it rains, water will, and has, travel into the crawl space.  This is a very bad design that I really wish were not allowed.  Wet crawl spaces attract termites, other insects, allow mold growth, lead to decay of wood and dampness damages insulation.  This house was also missing a vapor barrier (required when the house was built).  Now the buyer knows the pitfalls of this house and what to do about it before damage occurred.   
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