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Old 01-02-2010, 05:39 AM
 
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I moved to Springfield last August and rented a single story apartment in a 4-plex in the Patterson Ave/Chestnut area. The rent is cheap and very close to my work however and I actually kinda like the apartment except for one really big issue.

When it rained I kept hearing a weird noise every 8 seconds so I called the landlord and found out it was a sump pump under the crawl space. Ok, well I never heard of such a thing but, if there is water under there then good I guess I need that. I have gotten used to the noise but now it is winter and my floors are like ice. I talked to the landlord about what kind of insulation was in the apartment and found out there is no insulation in the floor because of the water issue and having insulation would cause a mold problem.

I am from Wichita Kansas and I have never heard of such problems. Is this common in Springfield? Are there any single story apartments in Springfield that don't have this issue? Or, did I just pick a really crappy apartment? Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Freezing in Springfield
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Old 01-02-2010, 07:32 AM
 
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Never heard of this other than with a Basement.Should have a Foundation with Guttering to carry water away from the building.Its should be dry under there.

He is right though if you have moisture problems Insulation would cause Mold and Rotting in the wood.

hillman
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Old 01-05-2010, 12:21 PM
 
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Water in crawl spaces is more common than one might think. This is "Spring"-field after all.

However, the most likely reason your floors are cold is because the foundation vents are still open. Sump pump, water in the crawl space, or not the vents should be closed in the winter, open in the summer.

Draining the crawl space is usually not an option as it is already the low point on the property, hence the sump pump. And insulating the floors creates its own problems with mold, mildew, and rot. But it would be an unusual situation where ventilation of the crawl space would be required in winter. And leaving the vents open in extreme cold - like the next few days - can cause the plumbing to freeze.
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Old 01-05-2010, 12:35 PM
 
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Another reason not to rent; and, if one must, not to rent on the ground floor.
Good luck with that.
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:54 AM
 
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Thank you for the information. I did check the vents and they were closed. However, I also looked at the opening to the crawl space and found that there was a thin piece of metal which had a two inch gap allowing cold air to flow into the space. The landlord replaced it with a piece of plywood and it seems to be helping. This has been a learning experience for me and I now know what to look out for next time.
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