older brick home need help

Old 11-30-11, 06:37 PM
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older brick home need help

i have aquired a brick bungalo that was built in the early 70s..the house is in decent shape but i have a moisture problem..there seems to be no lip on teh poured concrete foundation so the first layer of brick is set on top of the foundation and overhangs about 5/8 of an inch...during very hard rains moisture travels back under the first brick and seeps down the basment wall inside. all home i have seen built in my time have had a "brickshelf" poured into the footing ( a ledge that you set the first brick on that was lower than the top of the concrete foundation. i need your expert opinion on how i may be able to seal this problem up?

i have thought of removing the first layer of brick in short runs that would not cause the whole wall to settle and place in some bent tin that would go up behind the brick and then down the outside of the wall an inch or two but was wondering if there is an easier way?
Old 12-01-11, 08:23 PM
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Don't remove any brick. There is exterior caulking available. Use that.

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