House built on slab - water leaking in

mommabirdJanuary 1, 2013

I am asking for a friend. Her house is built on a slab. It appears the ground is flat around it - not sloped away at all. Water is leaking around the base of the house, coming in and ruining the baseboard and bamboo flooring.
I know nothing about slab built houses. Is the ground supposed to slope away, like it does if the house has a basement or crawl space?

Also - the house has vinyl siding applied over the original wood siding. At the bottom of the siding is a J channel. Is there supposed to be a J channel at the bottom? Doesn't that catch the water that runs down the siding?

The house is about 50 years old. They recently took up carpet in a bedroom, so they can see the gap between the floor and the baseboard. It looks like the bottom of the framing is rotting from the water leaking in. How in the world would they repair that? The house is 2 story I. That spot.

Sorry I don't have pictures. I hope this makes sense.

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The ground should definately slope away from the house. The slab should not be at ground level, either, but at least a few inches above it, as should framing components that can wick up moisture.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2013 at 10:43AM
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Sophie Wheeler

As a quick fix, you can dig a ditch around the perimeter that will carry the runof away from the home. But the real long term solution is regrading the yard and proper gutters on the home. As well as doing the now needed structural repairs ASAP after the regrading occurs. This is a MAJOR issue that needs to be addressed in a timely manner.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2013 at 10:57AM
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    Bookmark   January 12, 2013 at 2:23PM
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