Please advise water leaking into brick house
I live in a 1927 brick bungalow in Denver. Water has been leaking into the house and has caused considerable damage to the dry wall and downstairs floors.
It seems to be a problem caused by water trapped next to the house in an area with a concrete lip. I am thinking that creating good drainage away from this area (and no plants) will resolve the issue. Also, the brick goes down another 5 feet.
I would really appreciate any feedback on my current plan:
-Fill in the area with dirt above the 'lip' so the water flows over it.
-Seal the brick to protect it from future water damage (I was recommended Block Fill). I am worried about this step as I have read that water-repellent and waterproof coatings can cause damage, but the brick will be covered by dirt so I am wondering if it needs additional protection.
-Should I cover the dirt with something else to protect it further?
Thank you for any advice/feedback.
Also, the 'lip' for lack of a better name borders a pathway around the house, hope this picture gives a better idea.
This will give an idea of what should have been done when the house was built and would be the best fix now, have a look. And welcome to the site.
you might be able to alleviate the situation by cutting a reglet into the mortar joint then insert a rubber membrane extending to the top of the sidewalk retaining wall. any rainfall now soaks the soil - water runs downhill hence into your very fine home.
didn't bother looking at the video as i hate them but imagine its the perforated pvc drainage pipe to collect the leaking water then direct it downhill to daylight drainage. we normally use an exterior sump & pump - its faster, less expensive, & more permanent for our clients.
IF it were our home, i'd use membrane as we're selling w/i a year :-)
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