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Old 09-27-2011, 02:31 PM   #1
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I have superior walls in my basement and I noticed a pretty substantial leak today. There are (4) plates around our egress door that I assume bolt the preformed concrete egress staircase to the superior walls. Below is a picture of what I am seeing. Only one of the plates is leaking right now but if one is leaking how far behind are the other 3??

Any suggestions on how to fix this leak? Can I use a impact wrench to snug up the bolt and tighten the plate?....is there potential to crack the superior wall doing this? Can I remove the plate, recaulk and tighten back up?



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Old 09-27-2011, 03:13 PM   #2
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Old 09-27-2011, 03:50 PM   #4
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You're not going to be able to fix that from the inside.
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Wasn't there a gasketing material placed between the staircase and the concrete wall when it was installed?
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Wasn't there a gasketing material placed between the staircase and the concrete wall when it was installed?
I have no idea. It was a spec home, built before I purchased it. If I had it built, I would have been on-site daily overlooking the progress. Unfortunately this seems to be an circumstance of shotty workmanship.
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Well I took my chances and took the bolted plate out, just as suggested earlier there is no gasket material between the plate and the wall.



I looked inside the crevice and noticed a bunch of crap and dirt. Obviously there has been water building up back there for some time.



Here is the back of the plate



Is there any kind of expanding sealant I can fill the crevice with then use a good sealant like Lexel on the back side of the plate and bolt it back up? What is the best course of action?

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"...just as suggested earlier there is no gasket material between the plate and the wall."
That was not what was suggested.
There should have been a gasket on the outside wall between the staircase and the wall.
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1 should not seal leaking bsmts from the inside as wtr still penetrates the found wall & attacks the concrete's cement's lime leading to found wall damage. you MAY be able to inject hydrophyllic polyurethane grout/foam thru the wall to seal the penetration however the tried & true method is exterior excavation,,, 5min when building the found now = approx 2day's work however those guys got paid & they're gone
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1 should not seal leaking bsmts from the inside as wtr still penetrates the found wall & attacks the concrete's cement's lime leading to found wall damage. you MAY be able to inject hydrophyllic polyurethane grout/foam thru the wall to seal the penetration however the tried & true method is exterior excavation,,, 5min when building the found now = approx 2day's work however those guys got paid & they're gone
I would think I would want hydrophobic foam? Isn't hydrophilic "water loving"?
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Isn't hydrophilic "water loving"?
Yes,
Hydrophobic repels water
Hydrophilic attracts water
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house is correct in his definitions altho its clear he doesn't do this work for a living hydrophyllic is activated by wtr therefore sealing the penetration - we use it for sealing active leaking cracks in conc,,, note - you CANNOT buy this stuff in an apron/vest store - call your local const or concrete repair supply house - this may help:
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Verified that there is a gasket between the wall and staircase. I think the water may be infiltrating through the bolt hole as there is some slop in the tolerances. Maybe some silicone in the hole when I bolt the plate back together?
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How old is the house? I was always under the assumption that Superior Walls had a 20+ year warranty, may want to look into it and let them figure it out.
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How old is the house? I was always under the assumption that Superior Walls had a 20+ year warranty, may want to look into it and let them figure it out.
A little over a year. I don't think this is a superior wall issue though. All of the joints of the superior walls are dry. The leak is coming from the bolt that goes through the superior wall to hold the pre-fabed egress staircase fast.

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