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Single Family Residence

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Challenge: A ranch style home in Bradenton, FL was built in 1981 with a vented, dirt crawlspace. When the homeowners moved into the property, they noticed a damp odor on the main floor, but never thought to have it inspected. It wasn\'t until a few years later that they began to notice buckling of their wood floors due to swelling caused by high humidity and moisture in their crawlspace. In addition to moisture evaporating from the exposed earth in the crawlspace, it was determined that the crawlspace vents were a major contributor to the problem. During the inspection it was determined that the humidity level inside the crawlspace was 42% higher than the humidity level outside, causing condensation to form…

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Plantation House Elevator – Captiva Island, FL

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Challenge: The Plantation House is one of many luxurious guest buildings at the South Seas Island Resort on Florida’s west coast. The 330-acre resort offers this three story structure as rentable beach front condominiums to vacationing guests year-round. In order to make the upper floor levels more easily accessible, an elevator addition was proposed to replace one of the three exterior stairwells at the front of the Plantation House. The 12-foot by 18-foot elevator addition would be supported on a three-foot thick concrete mat foundation and poured concrete foundation walls. The elevator walls above grade would be constructed of masonry block. A single test boring was completed to a depth of 65 feet. A generalized subsurface profile consists of very…

CASE STUDIES:

Single Family Residence – Bradenton, Florida

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Challenge: A ranch style home in Bradenton, FL was built in 1981 with a vented, dirt floor crawlspace. When the homeowners moved into the property, they noticed a damp odor on the main floor, but never thought to have it inspected. It wasn’t until a few years later that they began to notice buckling of their wood floors due to swelling caused by high humidity and moisture in their crawlspace. In addition to moisture evaporating from the exposed earth in the crawlspace, it was determined that the crawlspace vents were a major contributor to the problem. During the inspection it was determined that the humidity level inside the crawlspace was 42% higher than the humidity level outside, causing condensation to…

CASE STUDIES:

Single Family Residence

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Challenge: An existing single family residence in Miami, FL was built in 1940 on a 1,500 square foot crawlspace foundation. The foundation consisted of concrete block exterior walls and interior concrete block columns to support the single story structure. The floor system was constructed with 2x10 joists and a double 2x8 girder that was supported by the concrete block columns in the crawlspace. Over a period of several years, the homeowners began to observe cracks in drywall, uneven floors and noticeable settlement of the entire floor system. After failed attempts to remedy the problem by adding inadequate supplemental support under the floor joists, the homeowners consulted with NSquare, Inc., dba Innovative Marine Construction Company, to assess the problem and recommend…

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