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Old 08-31-2011, 09:01 PM   #16
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This evening I covered (with plastic heavy duty garbage bag) and taped the threshold (aluminium sill) completely and duct tape all the way to the stoop covering sill and the stucco below it. Used garden hose on 3/4th of the door and side lights (did not go all the way to top of the door). After 6 to 8 minutes of hosing or so, water did come through in the basement??

So I am totally confused now? Where in the world is this water getting in the house from?? Any ideas or advice you guys can think of?? Thanks all


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Old 08-31-2011, 09:31 PM   #17
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I imagine water could beat a trash bag and tape in 8 minutes but no matter how you look at water is getting in be it through the sill or entering higher up and seeping down to it the door needs to be pulled and reinstalled correctly. It wont cost you a fraction of what it will if you ignore this to the point of structural issues with the floor below/behind.
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Old 09-01-2011, 10:37 AM   #18
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look low

From what I can see from pics. is what looks like a crack or seam between the wall and the patio. Try just letting the hose water the joint and see if it is entering there.
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From your pics, the entire installation and finish of the stucco would not be allowed here. I guess too many builders shafted their home buyers with a cheap job and it left a lot of folks with houses that were going to be structurally damaged. What I see is a stucco job with a latex finish. We can't do that here. Maybe in your area it's an acceptable practice, I wouldn't know. We are required to finish any stucco or plaster jobs with elastomeric paints. The paint provides the water proofing. It goes on extremely thick, usually a gallon covers 50 sq ft. The major downside to it is that it covers a lot of the detail in the stucco because it goes on so thick. You might ask your builder what he used for a the waterproofing. If he used felt, it doesn't mean that the guys doing the work installed it correctly or that it got damaged while under construction. Make sure to create a diary of the calls you are making to the builder and get documentation that they worked on the job. If the builder doesn't or won't provide documentation, take pictures of every time they work on it. You may end up with huge bills to fix it correctly and you may need the documentation for an attorney.


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