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Old 06-09-2009, 03:05 PM   #1
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Cement slab touches buildings

The original cement slab was poured about 2 inches from the bottom of the door jam, so the cement actually covers the siding. The 2 adjacent homes are basically connected with the slab. The slabs have moved and there are puddles everytime it rains. We have caulked along side the slab onto the house because some of the siding has gotten wet. This sort of works, looks tacky and could be improved. I just don't know how it could be improved.
One person said to remove some of the cement. Re-pour a new 4" slab and make it so that the water drains to the middle. Is there a better way to redo this whole slab touching-the-siding problem? One end of the slab may be 9" thick and the other end is 9" thick but sits on the cement steps. The slab actually is the top for the steps. Would it be better to remove all cement and use composite decking material? Any suggestions would be great. Thank you.
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Any chance you can post a photo? This sounds more like a concrete porch. It's not uncommon for concrete porches to settle more near the house producing a slope that drains water to the house instead of away. The reason is because builders are in a hurry and the ground near the house hasn't been compacted and the porch footing doesn't go down to undisturbed earth.

How old is the house and how old is the concrete?
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Old 06-09-2009, 10:24 PM   #3
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I'm no expert but I'd say to bust it up and redo it with some flashing. Easier to fix now before it starts rotting and you have carpentry items to fix as well
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