This was another one of those really difficult crawl spaces.
It was very big and it had a lot of ductwork that I had to get around and under to get to some areas—–and then back again. It also had this long extension at the far side that was about 18” tall by 36” wide by 16’ long. When I was at the start of this “tunnel” I had to ask myself if I was really going to go in there when I knew I would have to back all the way out. But the ever so faint smell of gas answered the question.
This picture was taken after I had started into the tunnel. The pipe running along the left side at the bottom is the gas line to the water heater in the room above—at the far end of the tunnel.
Following the pipe all the way to the end of the tunnel—-at the elbow where it turns to go up through the sub-floor—I found the leak. Some giant plumber with his equally giant butt crack (apologies in advance to the one skinny plumber out there) is going to hate going in there! I decided to park my business card at the location of the leak so that the plumber would know when they got to where the leak was.
Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle
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