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Doug_NC

05:11PM | 03/30/03
Member Since: 03/29/03
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I purchased a new house that has brick steps leading to a brick porch. After every rain there is a bit of water that comes fron the junction of the bottom of the brick steps where it meets the sidewalk. The sidewalk extends all the way to the porch and the steps are built on the sidewalk. The mortar at the bottom of the stairs becomes damp as does about the first 3 feet of sidewalk. This mortar and sidewalk remain damp for a couple of days. I am not sure where the water is coming from. The house is new so the ground may have settled and there are air pockets that can hold water and after time the water has to go some where. Could the problem be because the steps were built on the sidewalk and not with footers?

Any thoughts on where the water is coming from?
Are there any long term potential problems from the moisture being in the cement and mortar for an extended period of time?

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Thanks
Doug

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