07:40AM | 02/18/05
Member Since: 01/28/05
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We have been in our new home for 11 months. The builder and I have been working on a leak in our basement. Initially it was a lot of water - 75 gallons?

We have a large brick wall on the side where the leak is comming from. We patched about 30 holes in the mortar job and the leak got much better. Now only a little water when it rains heavy.

After reading a few internet postings, we took out part of the drywall and studs to see if flashing was used. It was, but the mortar was not scraped on instalation and hardened allowing water to flow on the base ment side. Inside instead of out the weepholes.and I think that is why the water was coming in.

We have fixed only one small section. It was easiest to get to, but where most of the water appeared to be coming in.

My builder wants to repoint all the joints outside. The ones we did origionally were not done by a bricker. not dug out?

Then see if it leaks again.

My concern at this point is that the whole house has the same problem. Maybe just leaks there now. what about as the mortar ages?

It would be a large project to fix all...

I am worn out.

What a great resource this is. Thanks in advance!!


11:00AM | 02/18/05
Member Since: 01/05/05
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What part of the country are you in? Isn't there a moisture barrier behind the brick?? Go to There is a section of pictures that is called not yet classified! Click on it go to page six. There you will find pictures a brick job done on overlandpark kansas! I hope thats not what happen to your house!


01:52PM | 02/18/05
Member Since: 01/28/05
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thanks carl.

We are in Georgia.

There is a membrane / flashing. the installers just didn't wipe the mortar away from the membrane and { i think } water is coming through the brick { it is porous and should } then not getting sent back outside.

As of thisafternoon the builder has agreed to rip off all the drywall and crack the mortar out..

any other ideas.


04:12PM | 02/18/05
Member Since: 01/05/05
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Your builder must be a magician! I would be leary of that deal. What does your house have on it for exterior sheathing? I can be reached at the # on the web site toll free for you! If he tears it out on the inside how is he gonna put it back where it will shed water ?


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