Hello. I am not sure if I have this posted in the right spot, but here it goes. I have a cement front porch that comes up to the front of our house, 5 steps. We recently had a new front door installed and when the old door and surrounding materials (siding, trim, etc.) were removed the installer did not do a very good job of putting the new trim back on. Where the trim came down under the door and sat on top of the cement slab he did not seal anything. Eventually they came back and pulled that piece off. The sealed underneath it (a small crack in the stairs) and used a good deal of that liquid cement and then caulk and that piece is pretty darn solid. Well, it rained good last night and water is still coming in. My front porch has numerous other cracks. It looked like we tackled all the ones by the door and around it, but I know others need to be sealed because I am still getting water. Who can I call to work on something like this? I am confused because I do not know wheter to call a concrete place, a masony place for the surrounding brick, a waterproofing place, etc. This is my first time having to deal with something like this and don't want to get taken by someone. I can try and do more work myself on the front porch as far as patching up cracks that are very obvious, but I just want this to stop and if a pro can come in and do it all at once I would prefer that. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am very leary now when it comes to home repairs because we had a HUGE problem with a contractor on some work that took forever to resolve and now I freak out whenever I have to think about having something like this looked at. Anyway, suggestions are appreciated. I guess I am just confused because of the area the water is coming in. It could be the cement front porch where it meets the house, it could be someof the cracks in the porch itself, it could be the brick on the house around the porch, or something else in that area. Oh, by the way, this spot where teh water is coming in is above ground, around the level of the top of the porch, so it is way above gound level.
Sorry for the jumbled description.
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