04:23PM | 01/31/02
Member Since: 01/30/02
2 lifetime posts
I just bought a house and the dining room is leaking a little. This room used to be a garage. Where i think it is leaking, there is a brick flowerbed, that looks like the morter is busted out should i use like quickcrete and cover the brick or is there a water stop solution you can buy, i just need some suggestions thank you

Jay J

10:20AM | 02/01/02
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi magicjustice63,

When it comes to fixing water-related problems, there ISN'T such a thing as a quick-fix. And if there is, you'll eventually regret it. (Remember the story about the Dutch kid and the leaking dike??? Use that as a 'guide' ...)

You need to find out HOW the water is getting through the mortar. Is it running down the outside wall? If there a missing or incorrectly hung gutter? Once you address the source, then you can fix the mortar the RIGHT way. You'll need to repoint it.

Don't go 'covering' or sealing up the brick. Brick is a fired clay that WANTS to breath. It's a material that's soft on the inside and hard on the outside. If you seal it, it won't breath. And if it won't breath, you'll have moisture and condensation problems.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless AMerica!



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