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Old 10-21-2012, 05:01 PM  
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Default 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.

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Old 10-21-2012, 05:46 PM  
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Also, the 'lip' for lack of a better name borders a pathway around the house, hope this picture gives a better idea.

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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.
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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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