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Old 08-23-2007, 12:02 PM   #1
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I live in a quad style home. Lately we've received enormous amounts of rain. My wife and I returned from a weekend get-away and noticed an distinct odor in the lower portion of our house. I went into the back bedroom and noticed the carpet in the corner (corner of the house) was sopping wet. Not damp, sopping wet! I figured it must have been from all the rain we received lately.

How would I prevent something like this happening again?

I'm almost positive this has happened before, the lower portion of the walls near the floor molding are a bit bumpy.

Should I build up the outside corner of the house with some dirt? Or is there something else I should be doing?

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fIs the lower portion of the house below grade?

Edit: should have finished reading...why else would you build up the outside corner with dirt.

You have to look at drainage around your house and make sure that all downspouts are draining well away from the foundation.

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Old 08-23-2007, 03:04 PM   #3
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Make sure all your cutters are clear and downspouts are clear of leaves and
foriegn material. Then make sure the downspout runs are about 3 feet out
from your outside wall. Hope this helps. You don't want to know how many
downspouts I have cleaned out in the last week for the same thing you are
talking about. Water has to be run away from your building when we have heavy rains like everbody has had lately.
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I can't add anything that hasn't been said above but:

Make sure the grade around your place is sloping away from the building.
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Make sure all your cutters are clear and downspouts are clear of leaves and
foriegn material. Then make sure the downspout runs are about 3 feet out
from your outside wall. Hope this helps. You don't want to know how many
downspouts I have cleaned out in the last week for the same thing you are
talking about. Water has to be run away from your building when we have heavy rains like everbody has had lately.
Take care
jeff
Unfortunately it slopes towards the house. This is something I really noticed when I first bought the house last December. Infact, what really caught my eye was how soggy and wet almost swampy the back grass was. I didn't know if I should've been overly concerned or not. Lately with all the rain we've been receiving it's like the "Everglades" back there! I bought new drain tubes that connect to the down spouts.
We received more rain last night and this evening. I noticed the interior floor was very wet again. Luckily, I pulled the carpet and padding up in that corner and layed towels too absorb the water.
I've received some advice from co-workers who tell me its probably a ground issue. In other words I may have piss poor dirt in my backyard. Not very absorbent of water (Hence, the swampy feel). I've also heard when they built my neighborhood in the mid 70's it was on or near a big swamp.
Sorry to go off on a tangent... yes, my back yard declines towards the house. I'm almost positive this is why I'm having this problem.

What would you suggest I use to build up around this corner of my home? I thought of dirt, but water would still penetrate it.

Also I'm really beginning to smell mildew (hopefully not mold) in my back lower room. What should I do to prevent this? Dehumidifier, fans ?
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