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homeownerva

03:31PM | 10/25/04
Member Since: 09/27/04
11 lifetime posts
Question for you all:

We've had a problem with water in our crawlspace after we bought our first house and especially with all of the rains this year.

We've taken various steps to rememdy this.

We've had one corner of the house that has been worse than the others. When we moved in this corner's downspout was going right into the landscaping against the house and when it rained heavy water dammed up. So, we extended it about 25 feet below grade out into our front yard.

This corner has a downspout coming off of the main roof onto the back edge of the porch's roof and out into the yard.

What is weird is that it hasn't rained lately and I was out looking the house over this evening and below the house/porch where the cement foundation meets the house - there is a wet mark up the vertical spine of the foundation. I rain my hand underneath the corner strip and the bottom of our siding and both were wet. I can't visually imagine how water would flow down underneath these. The downspout appears to be clear.

The only thing that I can imagine is that the ground is wet and that the concrete is wicking the water up to the wood trim and siding.

Any thoughts or advice on this one, guys?

Thanks!

Glenn Good

07:31PM | 10/29/04
Member Since: 09/10/03
314 lifetime posts
Are you certain you do not have a plumbing leak inside the exterior wall? Could be a leaking drain line or supply line.

Another possibility I have encountered in the past (though not frequently) is if you have a ceramic shower stall in the area above the wet spot you may be experiencing condensation build up in your wall if the vapor barrier is not in tact and the weather has been cool.

Water coming from inside the wall will act like that and may be more likely than ground water wicking up especially if the underside of the siding is wet.

Glenn

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