Patio water problem - need cheap, creative fix

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  1. Jul 1, 2011 #1

    Shultzb

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    Hi all,

    I have a concrete patio that is 12' X 7'. The 12' side is against the house (which is red brick). Over the years the patio has sunk 3 " near the house and the water runs toward the house. I'm getting some water in the basement from this.

    Of course, I would like the water to flow away from the house. Is there an inexpensive (and maybe creative) way to fix this?

    A few ideas I have:
    1-Clean the concrete and house wall.
    2-Recaulk where the patio meets the wall.
    3-Seal the cement.
    (Hopefully steps 1-3 will make it water tight, but the water still flows toward the house.)
    4-Now cover the patio with a filler (not sure what), that slopes away from the house.
    5-Cover that with pond liner.
    6-Cover the pond liner with...something that looks nice and won't wash away....

    Any ideas anyone?

    Thanks a lot!

    B. Shultz
     
  2. Jul 2, 2011 #2

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    What about building an awning over the patio?
     
  3. Jul 2, 2011 #3

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    Yes, that's a great option and I might do that. It would have to be one that can be rolled in when it is not raining, as it probably would not look very good there.
    Thanks!
     
  4. Jul 2, 2011 #4

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    Find a company in your area that lifts slabs by pumping foam under it. Then fill the crack between the slab and wall with filler made for that.
     
  5. Jul 8, 2011 #5

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    Yes, I'll definitely look into that. Thanks.
     
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    Slab-jacking, done by someone who knows what he's doing, is the logical fix for your problems. It can get a bit pricey, especially if paid for by a metered pump of material going into the holes. We used Uretek for raising concrete bridge approach slabs in NM when I was with the DOT there, and were quite pleased with the results.

    I would get a quote or two from someone doing it for residential work, and make it on a lump sum basis (to avoid the unnecessary surprise of large voids, etc.). And finish if off with a heavy bead of urethane sealant along the joint line at the house foundation.
     

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