09:48AM | 03/08/04
Member Since: 03/07/04
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(please excuse me if I posted this in the wrong place previously-thanks)

I have a home that was built 5 years ago and have owned it for the last 2 years. All was fine till the the end of last season, when moisture problems developed after a period of prolonged rain.

Basement problem: Water leaked into the basement from where the foundation meets the frame - I saw this leaking as it occured and put plastic outside against the house where the foundation meets the frame to stop the water from pouring in from outside. This stopped the leaking, so it is appearing to me that the area where the water came through between the frame and foundation, just needed some kind of seal applied from the outside.

I had 2 water proofing companies come out to do estimates and got 2 conflicting opinions.

The first company offered to seal where the frame and foundation area meet - (just in front of the house which is where the water was observed coming in) - with an expoxy to stop water from coming in from outside. However, they also wanted to seal the weep holes that are in line with the frame and foundation. It did not sound correct to have the weep holes sealed, so I called another company to provide a second opinion.

The second company told me they did not do work above the ground line and since the frame and foundation of my house meet above the ground line (the landscaping is not built up over where these things join) they could not help. In addition, they believed the water was not coming from where I saw it enter in the basement. They guessed the exterior brick of the house was saturating and that I should try to test this by putting a hose at the front of the house and seeing if I could somehow get the bricks to leak into the basement.

So far, I am still just leaving the plastic in front of the house leaning against the area where the frame and foundation meet to prevent leaking if it rains.

It would help me to have an idea of how the leakage problem described here would generally be corrected. Also, it would really help me out if anyone knew what kind of contractor would be able to determine if house brick was properly sealed. Thank you for any help you can supply.

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