Garage flooding


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Old 08-04-17, 03:03 PM
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Garage flooding

Hello everyone. I was hoping to get a bit of insight on an issue we are having in our garage. We just recently bought our house and decided to add a couple small rooms in our garage. (long story short, we hired crappy contractors who did a very small amount of work, took our money and ran) We could see there was some water damage to the bottom of the walls prior to reno and told the contractors that and that we needed to find out if there was a leak and where it was coming from. After taking off the paneling and investigating we were told that the leak was likely coming from the carport that is attached to where the garage meets and we needed something called flashing that they would do. After waiting weeks and weeks with no calls and no shows we knew that we had gotten screwed and although we are going to pursue legal action we need to get this leak issue taken care of. We seen how bad the leak truly is now that the paneling is gone and we had a strong rainstorm blow through today. We are curious if the way that our house sits on the concrete foundation is somehow creating this leaking issue and perhaps a french drain would help? I am including a few pictures I took today but if any other pics would help from other angles I'd be happy to supply those. I definitely want to get this issue taken care of before we move forward with the reno IF its even something we should do at all! The extra space would sure be nice though.
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Old 08-04-17, 04:24 PM
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Need a sketch to understand where the car port is in relation to the garage and the outside grass area that your pictures show.

Water goes to lowest point, flashing doesn't stop water it just redirects so that may not be the ultimate solution.
 
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Old 08-04-17, 05:21 PM
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Please excuse the mess we are still in the process of getting everything in order inside and out.Attachment 83837Attachment 83838
 
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Old 08-05-17, 02:34 AM
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Your attachments didn't work - at least for me. Please provide outside photos to show where the water is collecting in relation to everything else.
 
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Old 08-05-17, 07:22 AM
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Most likely causes, grades to close to the bottom of the wall, no grade fall away from the wall, no gutters.
May have to add a french drain to fix that one.
Huge no no to not have used pressure treated bottom plates!
That would not stop the leak, but it's building code 101.
 
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Old 08-05-17, 04:12 PM
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It also looks like the garage wasn't constructed properly in the first place. There should be a concrete or cement block base underneath the framing so that the framing of that set directly on the slab. This is a standard practice and I'm surprised that it wasn't done for your home.

Regrading the outside so water doesn't pool along the wall would certainly be a big help, also an exterior drain system would help especially if you have a place to let it drain to.
 
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That really stinks that it's not done correctly. We are going to get a new contractor so hopefully he can fix this if possible.
 
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Old 08-05-17, 06:10 PM
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I will take a few more pictures from the outside and inside and try to post them. I took the hose today and flooded the side of my house where I thought it was coming into the garage but nothing happened. I then went under the carport and sprayed where the enclosure meets up to the brick wall and that is when I seen water coming into the garage. We are going to look into a French drain as well because our yard needs it, we have crawdads galore and spots just stand in water. Thank you all for your help.
 
 

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