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jadoogar

06:48PM | 09/06/05
Member Since: 09/05/05
5 lifetime posts
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Hello

I hope someone can help me out with my problem.

My house has brick on the front side of the house only. The rest of the house (balance 3 sides) has hardiplank (sp?). Whenever it rains pretty hard - and the rain hits my brick front - I get water streaming into my basement below the sill plate. I have treated wood for sill plate all around my house. I have poured concrete for my basement walls. I do not have anchor bolts, but have metal tie wrap that are embedded in the basement and nailed to the sill plate. I have water leaking right below the metal tie wrap. These metal tie wraps are through out the house at a fixed distance. Water only leaks on the front side of the house where I have bricks. Water leaks at all metal tie wrap locations on the front side of the house. There is foam between the sill plate and the basement.

One of the first things my builder did was to clean out the weep holes in the bricks. He also sealed all windows. Problem still persists. I see flashing below the bricks from the outside. The flashing looks like black plastic material.

Cannot seem to determine the source of the leak. I would appreciate it if someone can point me in the right direction.

Thanks in advance!

Jadoo

LicensedWaterproofer

01:47AM | 09/07/05
Member Since: 03/05/04
301 lifetime posts
the foam isnt gonna do a thing.

What i do for homeowners w/same-similar problems is,wherever you see water on the Inside run water on the Outside of that area...get a hose and First, run it full blast at ground level toward wall..couple inches away from house & let it go for 15-20 minutes(or until you see water enter).IF NO water enters then there is No problem/entryway at-below ground level.

Then slowly & methodically take the hose and soak an 'Isolated area' of the brick & mortar joints...again, doing a certain section at a time from just above ground level & working your way up...slowly! Its easier when you have someone in the basement keeping a close eye on the problem area who can yell when ANY water enters while your controlling the water on outside. Soak-wet each section of bricks for up to 5 minutes, if no water enters then start soaking the next section of bricks,going from ground level up and side to side...all the way up to roof IF No water enters. And run the water around any door/window too,incl`g bsmt and any 1st floor windows! You WILL find the Entryways and there may be MORE than 1...so take your time.

Over the years i have found numerous ways the water has entered incl`d as already mentioned...around-through mortar joints/porous-cracked bricks,doors and windows(new or old windows,doesnt matter!)..and i mean run the water all the way around any window incl`d through the screen!...this has been problem area for quite a few. gl

jadoogar

03:52AM | 09/07/05
Member Since: 09/05/05
5 lifetime posts
Thank You for the quick response!

I did perform the test you mentioned - not in such detail. I did hose (shower setting) a small section of bricks about 10-12 inches above the brick/basement line. In about a minute or so I was able to recreate water streaming in the basement by the metal tie wrap. I let the water dry out in the basement (an hour or so). Then I directly hosed (straight stream setting) the weep hole and within 30 seconds I saw water coming in. I did the same test at another section of bricks - repeated the same steps as above. Same result - water in the basement. The other thing I noted was that my weep holes on the outside were at the same distance as my metal tie wraps on the inside.

What is really boggling me is that there is tyvek wrap and flashing. The flashing can be seen from the outside - sticks out at a few places. How is water getting behind that?

What should be my next step? I have pictures if you need to see them.

Thank You for your help

LicensedWaterproofer

05:29AM | 09/07/05
Member Since: 03/05/04
301 lifetime posts
Yes, pic`s would absolutely help!

Anywhere there is/are direct-opening(s) on the outside of a house(mortar joints/porous bricks/caulking needs around windows-doors/around flashings etc)...they should be sealed correctly to stop the possibility of water-moisture entry `n mold/radon/efflorescence/insects etc).

Water will enter through these and drop 'between' the inside of bricks and the inner drywall/paneling and fall onto the top of a poured wall and run down into the basement--or w/block walls go INTO the cells of the blocks and show up at/near bsmt floor.All that matters is where/how water enters from the outside,thats what needs to be corrected.

jadoogar

09:44AM | 09/07/05
Member Since: 09/05/05
5 lifetime posts
As far as I can tell there are no "openings" in the mortar. In my case, just spraying water onto the bricks is causing the leak. Physically, on the outside I don't see any openings/gap. The only opening is the weep hole.

I will take some pics and forward for your review.

How should I make them available to you? My e-mail is my username as displayed at hotm*il (decipher the *). If you could please send a dummy e-mail I can respond with pics.

Cannot thank you enough for your help!


LicensedWaterproofer

10:05AM | 09/07/05
Member Since: 03/05/04
301 lifetime posts
No problem...can ya post them on here,or at www.nachi.org (put under structural)???

Are there any windows along that part of the house? You may have a 2 part problem, i just came from new house(estimate) and the builder(was buggin` the shtt outta him) couldnt find the problem. Wound up being 2 basement windows and 1 1st floor window and brick ledge which wasnt sealed at all under ground. When i ran the water/hose around windows `n at grade, water came in within 2 minutes.

jadoogar

10:54AM | 09/07/05
Member Since: 09/05/05
5 lifetime posts
How do I post pics at this site? I don't see anything for attachments?

I checked the other site - better BBS system that allows attachment.

Would you happen to know how to post pics here?

Thanks


LicensedWaterproofer

12:11PM | 09/07/05
Member Since: 03/05/04
301 lifetime posts


no idea sorry!

jadoogar

04:42AM | 09/10/05
Member Since: 09/05/05
5 lifetime posts
I have posted some pics for your review - please check e-mail.

Appreciate your feedback.

Thanks

LicensedWaterproofer

11:15AM | 09/10/05
Member Since: 03/05/04
301 lifetime posts
...i sent you 2 e mails. i have several diff e mails addy`s.
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