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Curiousite 04-02-2012 03:34 PM

Suggestions for non-draining screened porch?
 
Hi all, new to the forum and looking for some advice on how to correct an issue.

I recently bought a newer home (2003) that included a typical aluminum screened in porch on a concrete slab. The previous homeowner tiled the cement slab and grouted between the outer most tiles and the aluminum base frame (not sure of the correct terminology here so hope you get the idea).

This interior perimeter now seems to be water tight and is causing water to pool during heavy rains (I'm in Orlando, FL). Since the aluminum base plate is about an inch high, the water can't breach and escape.

Wondering if anyone has ideas on how to correct? I was considering taking a small masonry bit and drilling some small holes (angled slightly down) at intervals along the back of the porch to provide some drainage.

Any thoughts or help is appreciated.

croach29 03-25-2016 09:23 AM

Re: Suggestions for non-draining screened porch?
 
we have the exact same problem! We heard if you drill holes, it can cause potential rusting so need to find other measures to let the water drain. Also need to be cautious that the more holes you drill, worms and insects will make their way in so would have to use something to buffer them from coming in.

goobertime 03-25-2016 10:42 AM

Re: Suggestions for non-draining screened porch?
 
aluminum doesnt rust, just drill 1/4 inch holes around the base and it will drain..

Windows on Wash 03-25-2016 12:00 PM

Re: Suggestions for non-draining screened porch?
 
+1.

That or just clean out the grout. If you try to drill that small hole, you are going to invariably have blown out edges on the edge of the slab and it will look like dung.


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