Washington Couple’s House in Limbo, City Mains Possible Cause reports ValueDry.com

Mold has since taken over the house, and may cost the Snyders their home
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Nov. 2, 2012 - PRLog -- San Francisco, CA- Brett and Rebecca Snyder pull down a clear plastic tarp’s zipper and step through it to reach their bathroom in their Cheverly house.

The covering is to seal off the upstairs bedrooms and bathroom from the mold that has a stranglehold on the house since last year. The mold stems from a greenish-brown sewage that has soaked their basement.

A new sewer line was supposed to be the end of the problems they experienced. Instead, the mold grew and their home now remains in a state of limbo as the couple wait to hear if their house will ever be fully inhabitable again.

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) replaced depression-era sewer piping recently. The move was supposed to help deal with basement backup, rain water that gushed from underground, and other water-related problems. Twice since the new pipes were put in, the basement has been nearly overwhelmed, say the homeowners.

“It’s very frustrating,” Brett Snyder said.

WSSC officials said it is possible the new mains could lead to groundwater due to rainwater having nowhere to go when decaying pips are compromised via cracks.

WSSC spokesperson, I.J. Hudson stated that since 1992, the utility has used the same technique to replace pipes and has not received other groundwater complains. That news is not likely comforting to the Snyders.

WSSC officials also state that the face the Snyder’s home has a sump pump shows that drainage issues predate the sewer pipe.

“We can’t control the migration of rain and groundwater into wet basements,” qmtgg Hudson said.

There are local officials who are taking note of the Snyders’ plight, as they seek to replace and rehabilitate aging underground mains. The WSSC plans to replace over 50 miles worth of sewer pipe in the upcoming fiscal year.

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