Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Building & Construction

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-28-2009, 04:58 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 6
Share |
Default

Concrete/Mortar issues First time home owner Pictures Included


Hello:

I live in the Midwest (chicago) and recently purchased a 100 year old house with a slab foundation. We have had snow melt throught out the winter, about a month ago we had an unusual warm up and a fast melt. We did not get any water in the basement; however recently there was a heavy rain and we got about 2 gallons of water from the cove (floor/wall). I discovered a hole in the cove which lead to me chiseling out old weak caulk. I replaced it with Drylok fast plug. I understand that moisture should be tackled from the outside in so I included these pictures for advice.

Sidewalk is cracked and possibly directs rain water towards the foundation..how to correct this?



Mortar seems to be along the ground and then stops (where I put the yellow circle) I know that the joint needs tuck pointing as well. Since the mortar is painted, does this pose a problem for adding more?


Sidewalk runs right next to the side of the house and there is a gap between...


The soil absolutely needs to be graded to move away from the house..the lowest point of the soil is actually next to the house. How high should I make the soil against the house? Is it possible for me to do this in winter? Or do I need to wait till spring? recomendations for best type of soil?



Last edited by stefonroman; 02-28-2009 at 05:01 PM.
stefonroman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2009, 07:00 AM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Wilmington, DE
Posts: 3,118
Default

Concrete/Mortar issues First time home owner Pictures Included


I would clean out the cracks and install a urethane caulk. That will allow movement between the surfaces but maintain a waterproof bond. Attepmting to seal that with a rigid material like cement will never work. Those surfaces move in different ways at different times.

Just Bill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-01-2009, 07:12 AM   #3
Handy
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Rahway, New Jersey
Posts: 51
Default

Concrete/Mortar issues First time home owner Pictures Included


Quote:
Originally Posted by stefonroman View Post
The soil absolutely needs to be graded to move away from the house..the lowest point of the soil is actually next to the house. How high should I make the soil against the house? Is it possible for me to do this in winter? Or do I need to wait till spring? recomendations for best type of soil?
I'm looking into this myself and have found that it isn't simply adding soil next to the house... recommendations are to dig a trench down, layer with rock, sand, then soil.
Hemingway is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
First Time Home Buyer Woes Jdelles General DIY Discussions 9 10-12-2010 07:43 PM
Pay GC to construct home and finish it myself? L O N G . . . Badfish740 Off Topic 9 07-27-2007 08:44 AM
New 1st Time Home Buyers bhpizza Introductions 14 07-03-2007 03:12 AM
First Time Home Buyer in Need of roofing thoughts 1stTimer Roofing/Siding 1 06-22-2007 08:49 PM
new home owner awider Introductions 7 09-23-2006 06:38 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.