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Old 07-06-2007, 06:30 PM   #1
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I'm a new member here and since we've just purchased a home a month and a half ago, I will most likely be here quite a bit. Anyway, our immediate problem is we've had a lot of rain here in South Texas recently, and we've noticed a water spot in front of the patio doors that lead into the backyard. We're not sure where this is coming from, our only guess is that rain water is seeping under the house somehow and coming up through the carpet, but it's just in the one area right in front of the patio doors. Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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Old 07-06-2007, 08:43 PM   #2
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Check the flashing/channeling around the slider very carefully, that's probably where it's coming from...

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Old 07-06-2007, 09:01 PM   #3
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At the risk of sounding like an idiot...what exactly is the flashing/channeling? I have regular doors, not sliding glass. I'm not sure if that's what you're referring to or not. Also, I guess I should say, it's not just a spot...but a rather large spot. Thank you !
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Old 07-07-2007, 05:58 AM   #4
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Is there a gutter above this door?
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Old 07-07-2007, 08:22 AM   #5
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There is no gutters on the house. It's a covered patio, but water does leak down onto the patio. The doors have weather strips and there is a small step up from the patio into the house.
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Is the step up wood or concrete? Water shouldnt be leaking down under the covered patio. The roof above should be water tight to the rest of the house, in my opinion.
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Is the step up wood or concrete? Water shouldnt be leaking down under the covered patio. The roof above should be water tight to the rest of the house, in my opinion.
It's concrete. the patio was an addition and I don't think they did a very good job. Where they have it attached to the house it drip down in a few spots. But nothing to raise the water enough to seep in under the doors. I have a hall bathroom about 5 feet from the big water spot and some water is along that wall leading from the bathroom to the big spot. Do you think it could be a broken pipe under ground?
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Is there a basement or crawlspace under the house?

Can you post a photo?
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No basement or crawl space. I will take some pictures and post them. Thanks for the help!
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This is the stoop from the patio



This is where the patio cover meets the house



And this is the water spot

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Check the toilet wax ring. Is it leaking pretty consistently, or just when it rains? Maybe just when the toilet/sink used alot?
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Check the toilet wax ring. Is it leaking pretty consistently, or just when it rains? Maybe just when the toilet/sink used alot?
There is absolutely no water in leaking in the bathroom. And the water on the rug seems to be when it rains really hard. We got like 6 inches yesterday alone. It started doing this a few days ago. The patio doesn't flood though, so it's not coming in from there. There is no water on the doors or walls. Could there be so much water on the ground that it's coming up from the foundation?
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Yes, it is not uncommon for completely saturated ground to force water up through the foundation. As for how to fix it, I dont really know. I know there are alot of threads about it though. One thing a guy I know had to do was have a "french drain" installed around his foundation, but I dont know if that helps if the water is coming up through it, or just running in from somewhere.
You might want to pull up the carpet in that area and see if it is coming in from a side wall or up from the floor.
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Thank you for all your help! We certainly do appreciate it!
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Judging from the stains on the ledger supporting the metal roof and the green color of the bricks at the lower left of the photo and the condition of the door jambs, I suspect there is a flashing problem at the joint of the patio/house roof and water is getting into the soffitt and running down the inside of the wall. between the bricks and the sheathing. We often find that the flashing on many of these patio roofs is just slipped three or so inches under the first course of shingles.

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