Problem with bricks

Old 09-10-05, 08:11 PM
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Problem with bricks

I have been living in my house for 5 years now and since day one I have problem with rain coming from one window in the second floor down to the basement. Last Friday a group of managers from the builder came in to my house and assessed the problem. They told me that the rain leak is coming from the pourous bricks. They gave me two options, one is to seal the bricks with a chemical called Chemtrete PVBOC, the other option is to tear down the bricks and put in a new bricks. Can you give me some thoughts on these two options. I'm worried on the nature of the work if the brick is replaced and how long the sealant will last if I decided to seal the bricks. Also, I still believe that the amount of water I see in the basement is not coming from the ricks. Thank you!
Old 09-10-05, 08:41 PM
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Problem with bricks

Having a problem understanding the 5 year old problem.

How can you isolate the water in the basement that is coming from one of the windows on the second floor? That is a long ways for water to travel and still be isolated as being from a specific source? If it is coming from that window, sealing the whole house makes as little sense as replacing the brick.

If you are so certain it is for that source, did you hire a moisture intrusion specialist to confirm it? If you can isolate it, an expert could easily confirm it. After 5 years, you will need some proof to get satisfaction from a builder. If it is from one spot, faulty window installation would be the likely cause (90% probability based on history). After 5 years caulking begins to fail.

It is unlikely that the leak is from some porous brick. The workmanship or poor mortar joints would be more likely. If it was porous brick, the leakage would be genral and not atributed to a local spot as you claim.


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