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Old 03-07-2009, 09:02 PM   #1
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Hey guys,

Just walked downstairs and there is water in the bathroom, no big deal, someone must've had a shower and not wiped it up. Look over under the shelves and the flooring is peeling up. uhh ohh! I looked further, and right beside the toilet (ext. wall near a window) there is tonnes of water, drywall is very wet and I'm able to push it in very easily. Keeping in mind we've been having VERY heavy rain for the past day or so, what does everyone think it is?

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Old 03-07-2009, 09:10 PM   #2
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I'd check for the following

Backed-up gutters and down spouts or missing down spouts
Negative drainage of the grade into the house..Needs to positive drainage
Window not sealing

Probably one or both of the first two

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Old 03-07-2009, 09:11 PM   #3
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Hey guys,

Just walked downstairs and there is water in the bathroom, no big deal, someone must've had a shower and not wiped it up. Look over under the shelves and the flooring is peeling up. uhh ohh! I looked further, and right beside the toilet (ext. wall near a window) there is tonnes of water, drywall is very wet and I'm able to push it in very easily. Keeping in mind we've been having VERY heavy rain for the past day or so, what does everyone think it is?

Thank you very much
I'm guessing by "walked downstairs" you mean went to your basement.

A couple of questions:

1) Do you have gutters? If so, do your gutters direct water away from your house's foundation, or does it drop the runoff right at the base of the exterior walls?

2) Have you checked the angle stops on your toilet and vanity for leaks?

3) Have you ever had water penetration in your downstairs/basement before?

4) You said it is near a window, if this is a basement does your window have a window well outside? If so check and see if the window well is saturated with water.

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Old 03-07-2009, 09:22 PM   #4
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wow guys, I wasn't expecting reply's so quickly, thank you!
There are gutters, they're flowing properly. There is a positive drainage. Running away from the house.
If it were the window, wouldn't I feel it through the drywall? It would give a little, or there would be some kind of marks?
The toilet does not appear to be leaking, but there is alot of water in the drywall behind the toilet.
We had a crack in the foundation a few years ago, on the other side of the house, in approx. the same location (just on the other side)
I will go out right now and check to see if the window well is full of water.
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Old 03-07-2009, 09:24 PM   #5
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There is no window well, it is sloped down.
I'm going to take some pics for you guys.
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Old 03-07-2009, 09:58 PM   #6
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Here are 5 pics.
The floor is VERY warped now. Up and down all over the place.
Pics are pretty bad (took em with my 'berry).
I also smell a very strong scent of freshly wet dirt (the smell in the morning when you stick a shovel in the ground)
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Hate to tell you this brother but this is what I would do.

Take tons of pics.

Remove the toilet and open the wall where the water line is. This will do two things. 1. Verify the line is or is not leaking and 2. allow you to do a visual inspection of the wall. If the sheet rock is wet it more than likely it needs to come out to help stop the growth of fungus.

Then I would call my insurance guy to come and check this out and file a claim. I have seen an insurance claim pay to fix a wall. Oh show the pics to the insurance guy for proof of an emergency type issue that the wall needed to be opened

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