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Crowe

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Posted: 12/09/19 10:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have a double-door entry from our basement to the back yard. The doors have leaked at the bottom since the house was built. We had a patio built just outside the doors which was supposed to alleviate the issue but it has not. The water is not coming in underneath the bottom of the doors but up through the frame/threshold area. Hubby resealed it but it continues. Thoughts on where the water may be coming from and how to prevent it? Thanks.


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Often water will run down the foundation wall, to the level that dirt was not disturbed, or to the footing. Then move at that level and if may show at that level. Walk around the house. Anyplace the ground does not slope away from foundation, remove the vegetation, and build the ground level with dirt, preferably clay, and compact it. Make sure no water can run towards the foundation.

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Need pictures.

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Fizz wrote:

Need pictures.


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I'll see if I can get (and post!) some pictures. Problem is I no longer have a hosting website since Photobucket wants me to pay and I won't.

Anyplace the ground does not slope away from foundation

It's only that one spot and the patio does slope away, therefore the puzzlement.

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Use this web site.
Just do a drag & drop from your PC.

http://photoposting.is-great.net/?i=1

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Posted: 12/09/19 03:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Since you mentioned a patio my guess is water is dripping off of the eave and splashing on the door getting in where the door meets the jamb seal. Very common to see here on side garage doors that have a concrete door pad and no gutter above and eventually leads to rotting at the base of the door and jambs.

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Crowe wrote:

I'll see if I can get (and post!) some pictures. Problem is I no longer have a hosting website since Photobucket wants me to pay and I won't.

Anyplace the ground does not slope away from foundation

It's only that one spot and the patio does slope away, therefore the puzzlement.


Try to explain better. The picture in my head is the door out the basement is the lowest place on the foundation, is that right? If the ground slopes down toward the the front of the house, (walk out basement normally built on a hillside) any runoff water will flow down the top of the ground, until it gets to the front of the foundation, then down face of the concrete. Once it gets to the footing, flows on top of it. At the doorway, the floor is no higher than the footing.

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Since you mentioned a patio my guess is water is dripping off of the eave and splashing on the door getting in where the door meets the jamb seal. Very common to see here on side garage doors that have a concrete door pad and no gutter above and eventually leads to rotting at the base of the door and jambs.

Exactly. Let me give some history. House was built without gutters and we had the problem. Gutters were installed (with gutter guards) and problem pretty much disappeared. We just had a major snowfall and now a rapid warm-up with rain so there's now some ice build up in the gutters, causing spillover onto the patio. Hubby's thought was maybe this spring to have a roof over the area. 2 sides can attach to the house (we have a bump out next to that area) and one side would have a post. I will probably contact our original builder to get his opinion as we are not sure how it would look.

FYI, I have no spatial relations ability and not that technical, so my original description was a bit vague. Donfla, thanks for your ability to interpret my sketchy thoughts.

Fizz, thanks for the pic link.

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Posted: 12/13/19 10:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Make sure that slope around the entire house is away from the house.. water can go many directions underground if it is not “ managed” away from the house. If need be consider gutters and down spouts.


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