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Old 08-15-2015, 04:21 AM
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Prepping my house for sale. Had a plumber here yesterday that had to go under the house. He came up with a couple of pictures of an area that had a hole about 8ft wide and 3ft deep at the deepest point. Footings and piers are not nearby. Who do I call to bring dirt and how to get the dirt back there? It's needed about 50ft from the crawl space entrance. I know, need to find out why there's a hole.
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Old 08-15-2015, 05:43 AM
 
Location: NC
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You might want to pour concrete in there. Dirt will not be stable, especially since you cannot get in the proper place to compact it. If it is an old house, that may have been where the water supply was originally.
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Old 08-15-2015, 06:15 AM
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Thank you, good point.
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Old 08-15-2015, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Is this just crawl space?
If it is and there is no supporting member near by why bother?
The house has stood the test of time so far- it may have been that way since built.

If its under a slab- it can be "mud-jacked".
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Old 08-15-2015, 07:47 AM
 
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What problems are being caused by the hole? Is there water collecting in it? Does it pose a danger to the structure's stability? If there are no issues, why worry about it. Unless it has just appeared recently, there is probably no problem. Don't try to create a problem that is not there.
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Old 08-15-2015, 07:49 AM
 
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If its under a slab- it can be "mud-jacked".
If it's under a slab, how could the plumber have crawled under it to get a picture?
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Old 08-15-2015, 10:36 AM
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LOL!
...anyhow.. It may be just a space under/around a previous floor furnace. Just leave it alone
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Old 08-15-2015, 10:48 AM
 
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I’m with leaving it alone if there’s no problem. However I would make very sure that the land around the outside of the home has a good slope away to drain off ground water. Insure that the crawlspace is closed off from animals attempting to make it their home underneath the house as well.
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Old 08-15-2015, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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If it's under a slab, how could the plumber have crawled under it to get a picture?
By digging a hole. Why? What were you thinking?
Yeah, it's done more often than you think.
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Old 08-15-2015, 11:19 AM
Status: "Rip Daisy, my last dog." (set 29 days ago)
 
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This is a doublewide on permanent foundation. Hole is not causing any problems. Just wondering if buyer inspection would flag it for some reason. If he crawls back in there. I'd just as soon forget about it. I've lived here 13yrs and never had a problem. If it's been there all this time then my inspection never mentioned it. No water, no moisture and no critters. Thanks everyone.
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