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Old 06-27-2008, 12:25 AM   #1
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Got a leak in between concrete & T111!!!


Monsoon storms have hit and we are having a bit of flash flooding. I have a converted garage and the water is coming in where the garage door would have been and soaked the carpet a little. I re-sealed it for now with 2 tubes of polyurethane masonry sealer, but I was thinking that some sort of flashing was in order. A silicone-d piece of trim board has been holding the water back, until now. The driveway pitch is no match for blowing downpours.

What should I do to fix this? Angled flashing? Bricks and mortar? I was thinking of putting a big, long planter there which will help divert the water and hide any repair that could turn out ugly. I hope the driveway didn't get too wet. Maybe I can cut a channel drain where the driveway and floor meet?

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Old 06-27-2008, 09:44 AM   #2
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Oh man, carpet is still wet and the drywall is a bit soft on the bottom.

So, bringing me to my next-learned trade, how easy is concrete to work with? How can I make sure to make it impermeable to flooding?

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Is your old door opening framed in with wood to grade? How much water came (inches or just got wet)? Outside pictures would be helpful. What is the outside drive height and inside floor height difference? Start by removing the wet dry wall before you get mold.
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Yes, it is framed wood to grade. Actually, by the looks of it without tearing the drywall, I don't think they put wood to cement. I can see light coming through the bottom. The drywall only got a little damp, probably from condensation. It still looks and smells okay from the part I scraped. Maybe they should have used greenboard, lol. The carpet only got soaked in the one spot the water came in.

I did some research and the proper way to do a garage conversion is to add to the wall footer to make it like foundation. I've only got about 6" of width to work with in front of the wall. What should I put there?
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I did some research and the proper way to do a garage conversion is to add to the wall footer to make it like foundation. I've only got about 6" of width to work with in front of the wall. What should I put there?
Wood should not be at grade. Short of demo and doing a short 2-3 course block wall or concrete stem wall, I'd cut the driveway and install a grated drain along the entire outside front of the garage.
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