DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum > DIY Home Improvement > Bricks, Masonry and Concrete > How do I shed water from coming in the door?




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-01-2013, 10:15 AM  
Somuchmoore
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 4
Default What is the best way to stop water from seeping in the door?

I have a problem that water is pooling inside the house at the base of the door. As it was raining, I saw that water was running down the brick above the door, around the metal frame of the header and then down the face of the door. Here is a picture of the top of the door.



Here is some wood damage at the top of the door. I wonder if that damage was caused by water getting at it from behind the brick and not just running over the surface.



Any suggestions on the best way to stop the water?



__________________

Last edited by Somuchmoore; 02-01-2013 at 12:38 PM.
Somuchmoore is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-01-2013, 01:07 PM  
inspectorD
Housebroken
HRT_MODERATOR.png
 
inspectorD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Litchfield, CT
Posts: 4,075
Liked 123 Times on 103 Posts
Likes Given: 301

Default well

It looks like there is no way for the water to get out from behind the brick.

Looks like you have some work to do. The flashing was never installed behind the steel lentil. it should look like the link I have here. Numbers 1 and 2.


http://www.maconline.org/tech/consumers/clinic/leakywindows/leakywindows.html



__________________

Just My
Made in the

inspectorD is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-01-2013, 05:40 PM  
nealtw
Contractor
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: vancouver, b.c.
Posts: 10,259
Liked 844 Times on 754 Posts
Likes Given: 1463

Default

In the corner of your first photo, we can see what looks like structure above. If this door is covered by a roof or deck, you may have flashing problem up there too.

__________________
nealtw is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-02-2013, 09:54 PM  
BridgeMan
Senior Member
 
BridgeMan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Cottage Grove, Oregon
Posts: 738
Liked 75 Times on 67 Posts

Default

As Confucius once said (or he should have said, if he actually didn't)--"All of the caulking in the world will not take the place of properly-installed flashing."

__________________
BridgeMan is offline  
nealtw Likes This 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-04-2013, 07:14 PM  
Somuchmoore
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 4
Default So, what is the needed repair

If I don't have flashing, does that mean I need to take out a section of brick and install flashing? What is the best course of action?

__________________
Somuchmoore is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-04-2013, 09:12 PM  
nealtw
Contractor
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: vancouver, b.c.
Posts: 10,259
Liked 844 Times on 754 Posts
Likes Given: 1463

Default

Is there a roof above this door?
Is there weep holes in the morter above the door?

weep-holes.jpg  
__________________
nealtw is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-05-2013, 05:38 AM  
inspectorD
Housebroken
HRT_MODERATOR.png
 
inspectorD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Litchfield, CT
Posts: 4,075
Liked 123 Times on 103 Posts
Likes Given: 301

Default yes

Quote:
Originally Posted by Somuchmoore View Post
If I don't have flashing, does that mean I need to take out a section of brick and install flashing? What is the best course of action?
Unfortunatly yes, there is no easy answer. This should have been done when the house was built because it costs so much to fix later on. I would also check any other openings in the brick while your at it.
I know this is not the easy answer, but sadly it is the only one.
If you are not comfortable doing this, then interview and hire a good mason. They will get it the closest to looking right and trying to match mortar.
Good luck.
__________________

Just My
Made in the

inspectorD is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-06-2013, 07:18 PM  
Somuchmoore
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 4
Default



There are no weep holes that I can tell. Just above the deck (3-6") is the starting point of the brick and vinyl siding above that.
__________________
Somuchmoore is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-06-2013, 07:33 PM  
nealtw
Contractor
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: vancouver, b.c.
Posts: 10,259
Liked 844 Times on 754 Posts
Likes Given: 1463

Default

The proper flashing and weep holes are for water that finds itself on the inside of the brick. If the brick above the door is covered with the deck, they are not the problem. So you want to look at the brick above the deck and the flashing between the siding and the brick. If you can stop the water from getting in there, it would be the cheapist fix, maybe.
Can you post a photo of the deck, brick and siding above?

__________________
nealtw is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-07-2013, 11:41 PM  
natev
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 9
Likes Given: 4

Default

I see the pics you took of the lintel & door frame header but you were asking about water pooling inside the house @ the bottom of the door...

The pics you show do seem to suggest some sort of water intrusion behind the door frame header which could be caused by the lintel being underflashed or not flashed at all

If the water is running down the outside of the door it could be getting in at the bottom which would suggest an issue with your weatherstrip or door sweep sealing.

Before you start ripping bricks off the house water test the door with a hose - have someone inside watch the bottom corners & the sweep/threshold seal @ the bottom...

If it's the weatherstrip you could purchase a thicker strip & install it (cheap) or buy a storm door

If the problem is at the bottom of the door and you have an adjustable threshold you should also bring it up until you get a good seal & make sure your don't need to replace the sweep (shouldn't be completely flattened or brittle)

As an extra precaution you could also pick up a pack of the weather strip squares (cricket catchers?) that install @ the bottom of the jamb under the weatherstripping to give the water more of a barrier.



__________________

Last edited by natev; 02-07-2013 at 11:50 PM.
natev is offline  
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter DIY Home Repair Forum Replies Last Post
Water coming in under foundation DIYZombie Flooring 1 01-10-2013 07:17 AM
shed door sisyphus Carpentry and Woodworking 6 05-06-2011 05:40 AM
Hammering noise, and NO water coming out chelsita98 Plumbing Forum 2 02-18-2009 04:52 PM
What do you put around a door/doorframe to keep light from coming in? xavierob82 Windows and Doors 5 12-11-2007 10:06 PM
Drain water coming through the tap?? Canuckerjay Plumbing Forum 2 07-22-2007 07:48 AM