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07:29AM | 10/13/03
Member Since: 10/12/03
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I just bought an older home that had been added onto a couple of times. Here is the problem

The lastest addition is the master bedroom and bath which was built on top of the old patio. This section is lower than the other addition. After moving in a good rain came along and it flooded. Water came in between the floor and the walls. There was a stream coming in from the bathroom and also the main room along the back wall.

I know I am going to have to pull the dirt away from the back of the house and get gutters but the floor needs to be brought up to the same level as the rest of the house.

Can I pour concret into the room without tearing the whole thing down and rebuilding?

I am on a tight budget and need the cheapest best way to do the repairs?

Can anyone suggest what I should do?

Glenn Good

05:42PM | 10/13/03
Member Since: 09/10/03
314 lifetime posts
I would not recommend pouring concrete against the walls in the room to raise the floor.

If you are only going to raise the floor I would suggest:

  • Take care of the water problem first. (A French drain around the perimeter will also help with that.)
  • Caulk around the base of your walls where they meet the slab using polyurethane caulk for added protection against water and insect infiltration.
  • Frame the floor up to meet the desired height. You may have to rip floor joists to the desired height or install sleepers on the slab. (Be sure all lumber coming in contact with the concrete is treated.)


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