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Old 08-15-2011, 01:58 PM   #1
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We have a walk down well into a sliding door into lower level of house. When it rains hard and the drains cannot channel the water out of the well fast enough, the water rises to the level of the bottom of the sliding door. Water then comes into the bottom channel of the sliding door and into the room. During very heavy rains for a longer period of time, there can be quite a lot of water in the room--luckily we have tile flooring and not carpeting. What is the best solution--do they make a sliding door that does not allow seepage? This slider is over 30 years old--do they make better doors now that will prevent this from happening?

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Old 08-15-2011, 04:30 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forum basketlady8

There should be 2 holes (weep holes) in the outside of the lower frame, 1 near each corner which allows the water to drain out of the track. They may be plugged up.

If you can post a picture of the lower frame of the door from the outside and another standing back showing the whole door.

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Old 08-15-2011, 04:35 PM   #3
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We have a walk down well into a sliding door into lower level of house. When it rains hard and the drains cannot channel the water out of the well fast enough, the water rises to the level of the bottom of the sliding door. Water then comes into the bottom channel of the sliding door and into the room. During very heavy rains for a longer period of time, there can be quite a lot of water in the room--luckily we have tile flooring and not carpeting. What is the best solution--do they make a sliding door that does not allow seepage? This slider is over 30 years old--do they make better doors now that will prevent this from happening?
Sounds like you either need a submarine door, or raise the sill to a level that is above the highest level reached by water not draining away fast enough.

Or a sump and pump to ensure it drains fast enough.

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Old 08-15-2011, 05:12 PM   #4
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A newer/better door and/or clean weep holes, etc may help, but no sliding door is meant to seal against standing water. You'll need to better address the drainage issue in that area to keep water out of the house.
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