White Lake, MI (PressExposure) July 17, 2009 -- Susan Downey purchased her home in June of 2008. At first everything was great; she was happy with the home and the neighborhood. âThis is to be my last move,â said Susan. âI plan to live here for the rest of my life. I like White Lake; my grandfather was an original land owner here; he owned a quarter section of farm land and he is in the White Lake History book.â
The nightmare began in the Fall of 2008 when the storm drain in front of Susanâs home stopped up and the ditch filled up with water. Eventually, the excess ground water had no place to go but into the crawl space under her home. âAccording to my next door neighbors and the previous owner, there has never been a problem with water in the crawl spaces,â said Susan. âNow I have standing water under my home.â
Susan called crawl space waterproofing companies to get estimates on the repair and one contractor told her the problem could not be fixed properly unless the Oakland County Road Commission fixed the storm drain. âHe told me that he could put in a drain system with a sump pump but it would just run continuously as the ground water continued to cycle back in. I would be replacing a burned out sump pump at least once or twice a year, not to mention expensive electric bills,â said Susan.
Susan has made numerous calls to the Oakland County Road Commission who refuses to do anything about the problem. âThe woman who answers the phone just says we have to hope for a dry summer so the water goes away,â said Susan. âThey say that they are only working on roads that are flooded.â
Susan called Jim Runestad, the County Commissioner assigned to the White Lake area, hoping for positive results. Jim has also called the Oakland County Road Commission to try to get the problem fixed. âI think he really cares,â said Susan, âhowever, nothing has been done to fix the problem.â
Susan has posted a blog with articles about her concerns with living in a home with a wet crawl space. She is very sensitive to mold and she is concerned about a wet crawl space being a breeding ground for termites and other vermin. Susan is reaching out to the public hoping someone will have an idea as to how the problem can be resolved. Please visit her blog at http://oaklandcountyroadcommission.blogspot.com/ to post your comments and suggestions.
Contact: Susan Downey Lindholm Street White Lake, MI 48383 248-762-0800 Susan.email@example.com
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