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ghostee 06-10-2011 12:06 PM

Water Leaking into Garage

Let me preface by saying that I am a young new homeowner who is learning to DIY things around the house as I go. So I apologize if I sound too much like a noob. :)

We have an issue with a house we bought a few months ago where water leaks into the garage during heavy rain storms. The water appears to be coming from between the foundation and sill plate, and is isolated to one corner of the garage. After pulling off the wall covering I found that the sill plate on one wall showed some signs of damage, and a couple foot section of sill plate on the other wall had completely rotted and disintegrated. Where the sill plate should be was soil coming from outside. So that would explain where the water is coming from. I know I will need to fix the sill plate issue, but first need to eliminate the water leakage issue.

Looking at the outside of the garage, there are what appears to be concrete patio blocks or something similar along the entire perimeter of the garage. They are about a foot wide, protrude slightly from the ground, and go directly up to the siding/foundation. On top of these are some small landscraping bricks stacked 2 high. To me it looks like a poor attempt at stopping the leak.

I'm thinking I need to remove all of these bricks and blocks, as some of them are sloped such that water can pool and push towards the sill plate and foundation. Once removed, I'd likely dig a trench down a bit and fill with gravel or something along those lines to prevent the water from pooling.

My question is... do the patio brick looking blocks along the perimeter of the garage serve any purpose that I am not aware of? I don't want to pull them out if they are there for a reason (like structural support). It seems like a no brainer that these are causing the water to pool and get into the garage, so I can't understand why the previous owner left them there unless they serve some other purpose.

Thanks for any advice you can give. I can provide pictures if needed, but I'm not at home right now, so it will be later tonight.

ghostee 06-10-2011 11:25 PM

Here are pictures. Any reason I can't remove these?

Ron6519 06-11-2011 07:20 AM

I'd remove the blocks and make sure the grading was pitched away from the garage.
If you're going to dig a trench and put gravel in it, I'd add perforated pipe to carry the water away and deposit it in a dry well.

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