The Trap Door In the Living Room
Usually, when you buy a house, you know every nook and cranny. The house is inspected, its blueprints are examined, and there may even be official records of the construction. In some cases, even with all of this information, people find unexpected mysteries in their new homes. That's exactly what happened to one woman when she began to renovate her new home. What did she find? It's probably not what you think! Let's get started!
When you buy a new house, one of the first things that most people do is to replace the carpet. Carpet gets dirty and there could be all kinds of issues lurking beneath its surface. One woman decided to do that, and her friend, called madhats86 on imgur, decided to document the process. What happened next was a surprise! What happened?
Examining The Home
With most homes, a prospective buyer will receive a home inspection. This is to protect the buyer and the seller from any surprises after the sale. Especially in older homes, you never know what sorts of things can pop up. The home inspectors are supposed to look through everything, but they aren't perfect, and they miss stuff all the time. That's only one source though. Who else missed it?
Another good resource to check is the actual blueprints for the house. These can usually be found at the county recorder's office. It's pretty clear that in this case, the homeowner didn't do very much due diligence in looking up the records. Otherwise, she might have figured out what was lurking about in the house. What was it?
Carpet installation and removal can be a big job. Most people leave it to the professionals but in this case, the homeowner decided to do it herself. By the description of what she found, it seems that she must have also ripped out the subfloor as well. There are various reasons why you might take that extra step, but one big one is because the floors are uneven. This house had a much different reason for being uneven though. What did they find under the subfloor?
Taking The Carpet Out
This unnamed homeowner began to rip out her carpet, the adhesive (seen above) and then finally the subfloor. She was surprised to find something...odd. There was a protrusion coming up from underneath the subfloor. This hadn't appeared on the home inspection or the blueprints. Her curiosity was piqued, and she began to tear that spot up first. She found something that surprised her!
The Trap Door
What she found was a carefully hidden trap door underneath three layers of flooring on top! Even more intriguing was the small staircase that led down into a small basement. The house had a basement, but this part was cut off from the rest of it. She decided to go down there and find out what this was all about. What was this area and why was it there?
No, It Wasn't That
We know what you're thinking at this point. It's probably along the lines of "Isn't this the plot of Cabin In The Woods or The Evil Dead"? Well, we can only say that yes, there were similarities to both of those movies. The homeowner had seen them and had some trepidation about going down there, but she did it anyway. That was very brave! What did she see?
The Walk Down
Slowly and carefully, she opened up the hatch. It was full of dust and cobwebs. It was very difficult to see anything down there, but she carefully went down the stairs. There were a lot of creaks and squeaks as she descended down into the darkness. No one had been down there in a very long time. How long had this been there?
While the cellar was very old, it wasn't ancient. It was wired for electricity for one thing, and the pipes ran right through it. It was really surprising that no one had found this area before, or that it was just forgotten. The items she found in the cellar made it even more surprising that no one had been down there. The nature of those meant that this wasn't exactly a thousand-year-old crypt. The items were really well preserved too. What were they?
As we talked about before, she didn't exactly find the Necronomicon or some sort of hidden evil temple. What she did find was still fascinating though. There were shelves and shelves of antique glass containers. She also found plates and a bit of silverware. When she looked a bit closer, there were some odd items that demanded closer inspection. Could they be some sort of treasure?
She looked a bit closer and found vegetables that had been pickled and kept for years down there. There were peaches, beets, and cucumbers, of course. She also found preserves and other types of jam. Most pickled vegetables last 5-6 months, and these had obviously been down there much, much longer. She didn't dare touch those. Was there anything else?
She also found vinegars, syrups, and other assorted supplies that had been left down there and just forgotten. This was a very surprising find considering that almost everything was some sort of foodstuff that had just been left down there. She kept looking around just to see if there was anything else. Was there anything there?
There were a few other tools and assorted junk down in the cellar but not a whole lot more. The item in the picture above appears to be an antique wrench and a small lamp can be seen behind it. These were probably used to help seal the pickled foods. Now that she had seen all of the crazy stuff down in the cellar itself, there was a new mystery to solve. What was the mystery?
What Was It?
This was probably some sort of storage cellar. Many houses, especially in the south, don't have full basements. That's because, in extremely humid conditions, the basements tend to flood or grow mold. However, some people still had them in order to store various goods, especially perishables. In this case, that's what it looked like happened. Why was it covered though?
Sealing The Cellar
There are various reasons to seal up an old cellar. One big one has to do with water getting under the house. However, in this situation, it would normally be filled with some sort of material to keep the water out so that it would not grow mold in the basement itself. In this case, none of that had been done, and someone had gone to great lengths to hide it. It's a mystery as to why this happened and we may never know the answer!
We hope you enjoyed this story of a homeowner finding something very unexpected underneath the carpet of her home. If you buy an older house, make sure to get a good, full inspection before buying it. You'll be glad you did and you'll know exactly what you're getting. If you know anyone looking for a house, please share this story with them! You might save them some trouble and money! Thanks for reading!