That brings us to “the other woman” and her issue of crowning. Heading next door was interesting, to say the least. We all were parading behind a strutting, confident, intimidating person. If I were to ever be faced with a problem, I definitely would want her in my ranks.
As we entered I started to set up my equipment: thermometer, hygrometer, magnets, camera and such. The heating was forced air not a pot belly stove. I went under the house, to investigate the (under the house) preparation. I found nothing but great preparation and again a great installation. Coming out of the crawl space as before I was puzzled as to the ‘why’. All I had left to do was to ask a few questions, analyze the data and put the formula together. Boy, did learn a lot about this twin. What I thought to be, a twin, single women managing life, was anything but a twin! She/they were a family of six (didn’t see the others at first they were all at a sports event). Here were the differences. We’ll call the cupped lady A and the crown lady B:
1) A-Lady microwaved all her meals B-Lady cooked her meals on the stove for 6
2) A-Lady had no plants B-Lady had plants in every room
3) A-Lady took 10-15 minute showers B-Lady 6 people with a large water heater
4) A-Lady vaulted ceiling B-Lady 8’ ceilings
5) A-Lady one person, no pets B-lady 6 people, two dogs and a cat
6) A-Lady heated with a pot belly stove B-Lady heated with propane gas
7) A-Lady house exposed to the elements B-Lady Heavily shaded
All of the B-Ladies differences contributed moisture to the surface of the floor, causing it to crown. The moisture could not have come from the crawl space. If it had come from the crawl space, the floor would have cupped not crowned. She mentioned she was incessantly mopping up after the kids. However, the biggest contributor of moisture was the propane heating system. Propane heating is well known for introducing moisture to the ambient cavity of a dwelling. This family needed to make some changes, big changes. Inside their closed curtains there was mold growing on the sills. The mold was due to the fact that the humidity was at 80% upon my visit. The floor issue was still a concern, but the unhealthy house took priority. So B-Lady gave A-lady four plants. Our B-Lady’s family started using the exhaust fans while cookie and bathing. They added a dehumidifier into the home. They started opening the window more on dryer days to balance out the humidity within the house. They even had their children play and sweat more outside than inside. Imagine how humid and stuffy it was getting, with children running around in the house playing with each other and pets
Both ladies’ floors have stabilized, both have written letters to the other inspectors wanting their money back and they both invited my client to their holiday dinners. Still twins after all!