Snake hole?

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Old 03-14-16, 08:57 AM
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Snake hole?

Been in a 1957 house a little over a year. The neighbor and the street are at a higher elevation than us so drainage is an issue. There was no visqueen when we moved in and I noticed a hole about 1 ½ inches in diameter which I assumed was a snake hole. Visqueen installed and efforts to keep water out have improved. This weekend during a heavy rain I ventured under the house to find water pouring out of the suspected snake hole. Any logically reason to not try to cap this hole with some steel pipe. Again, I assume the water is coming from another hole somewhere on my neighbor’s property. Sorry for the length.
 
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Old 03-14-16, 10:25 AM
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Not sure I understand. Where is this hole? And water is exiting it from where into where?
 
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Maybe you occasionally get a condition causing an artesian well under your home and that's why you saw water coming out of the hole. Plugging the hole would only cause the water to seek another path. The better solution would be to intercept the water outside your home and divert it to somewhere else downhill from your home.
 
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Storm Water

To be clear, are you saying you have storm water coming from a hole into the crawl space under your house?

If so, this could be a storm drain from your neighbor's property. Look for an underground pipe outside the crawl space.
 
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Thank you for the input. To clarify, when it has rained excessively hard, I have noticed water under the house in the crawl space. This weekend during the flooding rains in Mississippi, I went under the house and when I removed some of the visqueen realized it was coming from a hole under the house that I had assumed was from a snake. The hole is 15 feet from the closet wall but the ground was dry uphill to the foundation wall. I was assuming it was from the neighbors as they are at a higher elevation than us. Guess I will try to dig, but I only have about 2 feet height to work with at that point in the crawlspace.
 
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Be mindful of squiggly things under your plastic. A friend of mine got bit by a copperhead last summer. He grabbed the edge of the plastic sheeting to pull out wrinkles and thought he bumped into a staple. When he flipped the plastic up there was the snake... and he was out of work for much of the next 6 months recovering and getting skin grafts to save his finger and hand.
 
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That is a good point so maybe trying to back dig the hole is not the best option.
 
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