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How can I drain standing water from my crawl space?

Another alternative: Hire half a dozen high school kids with ambition and empty pockets and have a ready-mix truck serve a couple yards of suitable gravel to the window. Put the kids in a bucket ...
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How can I drain standing water from my crawl space?

The $40,000 price point is not even remotely competitive for the scope of the problem. It sounds like at worst you need some drain tile installed to improve water movement. Get another contractor or ...
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How can I drain standing water from my crawl space?

First, make sure that the ground surface slopes away from the foundation for at least 10-12 feet on all sides to keep surface water draining away from the foundation. Installing (or ensuring the ...
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Is it a problem that a sill plate is not flush with foundation outer wall?

The only concerns are proper bearing for the load path and flashing for drainage. You seem to have both covered. I've seen homes with just 2½" of sill bearing due to floor truss sizing problems, ...
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Don't know who to contact about small but complicated animal intrusion/crumbling

Updated after the first round of photos added: Is the affected area the lowest area in the locale, and does water pond there (or used to before the hole appeared)? If so the first step would be water ...
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Previous owners put insulation over the foundation. Is it alright to remove this?

You'd be better served to put it on correctly, (no gaps between the foundation and foam) including a stucco finish coat over it which prevents sun damage and rodent incursion (if done properly.) But ...
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How to fix gap between top of foundation wall and bottom of exterior wall

Spray foam for the gap. Embed hardware cloth on the outside (place it before foaming) for additional toothed pest resistance. Consider re-landscaping to lower the ground level outside (far enough out ...
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Rotted Rim Joist/Sill Plate Behind Concrete Patio

That's a tough one, and needs to be done by someone who has tackled this type of stuff before. I believe you are right, the slab was poured tight to the siding at least, and trapped moisture against ...
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Rotted Rim Joist/Sill Plate Behind Concrete Patio

That looks like a precast slab from here. I'd consider getting some help and moving it to see what access that provides. The critical aspect to this repair is to prevent further damage, so start with ...
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Is exposed rebar in foundation a problem?

That's probably not your "foundation". That's just the garage slab--the floor. Sometimes a thickened-edge slab serves as a foundation, but it's fairly rare. The only likely problem is that ...
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pouring concrete platform on existing concrete foundation

I would clean the area well, then acid etch the tile and adjacent slab verticals with muriatic acid. Then “paint” or spray the area with a concrete bonding agent before filling it with a concrete ...
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10 by 12 shed on concrete tube forms

I won't critique your specific design with the intent of salvaging it because I think it has major flaws. I'm not sure where you got it, but it's quite unorthodox. Some general thoughts: I don't ...
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10 by 12 shed on concrete tube forms

I would be extremely skeptical about using only 4 concrete piers to support a 10' x 12' shed. This web page about shed foundation piers recommends 6 - one in each corner, one in the middle of each 12' ...
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Is it a problem if my back flow preventer pit is filling with water?

It has nothing to do with the backflow preventer, evidently. The hole in the floor is acting as a small sump pit with no pump. So, the whole floor is wet, and water is flowing into the low spot. You'...
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Can I compromise structural integrity of my house when digging next to foundation?

Don't dig deeper than the foot of the foundation. Other than that you should be fine digging beside the foundation.
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