foundation brick seal leak


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Old 07-12-08, 10:29 AM
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foundation brick seal leak

Help please.

I have a sunroom in my home. The sun room leaks where the concrete foundation meets the brick. There is no wooden seal plate present (not sure if one was necessary). I have applied brick sealant to the brick and concrete, I have applied a heavy duty silicone caulk around the outside perimeter where the brick and concrete meet and still have problems. The water leaks only when there is a driving rain or it rains for a long time. All of the contractors that have come out have told me that the problem is in our siding (10 feet above where the water is leaking) and they all want to reside the house, but this just doesn't seem right.
 
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foundation brick seal leak

More information would help. -

1. Where are you and what type of construction do you have?

2. Do you just ave some brick veneer on the lower part of a wall and siding of some sort above?

You are only seeing where the water is coming out and not where it is entering the wall.

Do you have "weeps" (open joints near the bottom of the brick) every 24" or so?

Often water gets behind siding and runs down until it hits a barrier and comes out either inside ot outside.

modern siding is not intended to be a moisture barrier, but only sheds the surface water for a while.

Dick
 
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Old 07-12-08, 12:15 PM
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That is not quite correct, CM, though, de facto, it is true. They are designed to be a weather barrier, including water penetration, but require optimal installation and maintenance, and thus the need for backup systems.
 
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Old 07-18-08, 03:14 PM
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The sunroom is on a slab foundation with brick construction on the bottom, a large number of new vinal (spelling?) windows and old aluminum siding above. I do not see any weeps in the bricks. The brick meets the concrete flush with no over or underlap at all. I think this sunroom was added on a budget. The top and sides of the brick are dry during storms but you can watch the water come in at the joint in the bottom where the brick and foundation meet. It only comes in in about 4 places. I live in Indiana.
 
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Old 12-27-08, 09:40 AM
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Have you figured out what your problem is? we have the same problem however we do have "weeps". In addition, our home just started leaking along the wall that joins the house to the sunroom. Our house is entirely brick and we have an aluminum roof over the sunroof which appears to be in good condition.
 
 

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