U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > North Carolina
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
Old 09-01-2015, 10:39 AM
 
17 posts, read 35,468 times
Reputation: 11

Advertisements

Hi everyone!

Can anyone tell me if vapor barriers were in the building code in 2001. The reason I ask is that we are in the process of buying a home and we have asked the seller to install a vapor barrier for the crawl space upon the recommendation of our house inspector. The sellers rejected this request as they claim vapor barriers were not required at the time the house was built in 2001.

If vapor barriers were not in the building code in 2001, are they now? Do we really need one? How much would it cost to install one?

The crawl space does also have an issue with water intrusion as the subfloor,back door, and center stile have decayed as a result. There is also fungal growth. The seller has agreed to repair/replace these items, but it really doesnt really stop the water intrusion. It probably needs gutters and perhaps the soil surrounding the foundation needs to be re-graded? I'm not the world's greatest handyman or MR. DIY, but I'm willing to learn to be.

Thanks in advance for all advice and recommendations given!
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 09-01-2015, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Winston-Salem
4,175 posts, read 7,864,770 times
Reputation: 4377
You're probably best served by going to the source - NC Dept. of Insurance. NCDOI OSFM | Contact Us - Directories, Addresses and Phone Numbers
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-01-2015, 12:34 PM
 
2,421 posts, read 3,257,070 times
Reputation: 2424
Quote:
Originally Posted by LuvmyBella View Post
Hi everyone!

Can anyone tell me if vapor barriers were in the building code in 2001. The reason I ask is that we are in the process of buying a home and we have asked the seller to install a vapor barrier for the crawl space upon the recommendation of our house inspector. The sellers rejected this request as they claim vapor barriers were not required at the time the house was built in 2001.

If vapor barriers were not in the building code in 2001, are they now? Do we really need one? How much would it cost to install one?

The crawl space does also have an issue with water intrusion as the subfloor,back door, and center stile have decayed as a result. There is also fungal growth. The seller has agreed to repair/replace these items, but it really doesnt really stop the water intrusion. It probably needs gutters and perhaps the soil surrounding the foundation needs to be re-graded? I'm not the world's greatest handyman or MR. DIY, but I'm willing to learn to be.

Thanks in advance for all advice and recommendations given!
Walk away.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-01-2015, 01:16 PM
 
17 posts, read 35,468 times
Reputation: 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by mlhm5 View Post
Walk away.
Hi mlhm5,

Why would you advise us to walk away? Can you please explain? Thanks
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-01-2015, 01:29 PM
 
2,773 posts, read 4,213,904 times
Reputation: 1669
Vapor barriers are code now. Although you don't want them if you are in the floodplain because they can impede water flowing in and out of your flood vents.

It was probably not code in 2001.

The better question is do you need one. I would say yes if you have 4 stairs or less, HOWEVER....a vapor barrier is basically just plastic covering the ground and I believe code only requires about 80% coverage. The cost is usually about $800 but most of that cost is labor costs. You could do it yourself for $100-$200.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 09-02-2015, 10:21 AM
 
2,421 posts, read 3,257,070 times
Reputation: 2424
Quote:
Originally Posted by LuvmyBella View Post
Hi mlhm5,

Why would you advise us to walk away? Can you please explain? Thanks
If the water intrusion is a result of the land not sloping away from all sides of the house, that can be easily fixed, but there is a cost associated with uprooting platings, using equipment to correct the slope and replanting and dressing the area. There could more serious issues.

Dirt floor crawl spaces are just cheap/poor building method. It will always be damp which probably has led to other problems, which would be revealed on an inspection.

If you are satisfied with the inspection, it is almost mandatory in the 21st century to condition the crawl space. Whatever the cost for that plus the relandscaping of the yard should not be your expense, so unless you want to spend ~$10K+.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Settings
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > North Carolina
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2022, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top