Floating/suspended porch - concrete/joining issues (pics)
I hope this is the right forum for this. If not, my apologies in advance. We could really use some advice!
A little info to help: our house is three levels. The middle level is the entry level with a porch. The bottom level is unfinished, and includes a floating/suspended porch area (the ceiling of that area is the belly of the porch).
We came home this weekend to find the floating porch completely flooded. We've had a lot of snow, and it was warm enough this weekend for it to melt. The porch is covered so normally it doesn't get very wet, but it did get snowy, so the melting snow provided its first real exposure to heavy water.
Here's the layout of the entry level. The floated porch has the exact footprint of the porch you see here, and is directly below it:
We've noticed one thing that really scares us, and two more that might scare us if we knew more about concrete work. I'll list the problems below, and then add another layout pic with the areas shown to help conceptualize/visualize.
1. The outward-facing wall (that would butt up against where the stairs to the porch area) was wet in both corners. More wet than I would expect it to be, but maybe I'm wrong here. I don't know if that water in the plastic "seeped" there, or if it ran there from the larger problem, read next item. :)
2. (This is the one that scares us). The short wall shared with the garage - apparently the porch was poured after that was sided and no one cut back the siding, so it extends between the porch and foundation and "sticks out" of the ceiling in the floating area. We never noticed this (there is no light in that part of the floated porch), nor did the builder/inspectors. And umm, ignore the "?" in that picture. We weren't sure it was siging at the time, but it definitely is.
3. The wall just outside the floating porch (to the right of the front door) had a small trail of water running down it. It had stopped running before we could figure out what was going on and grab our camera.
There is some kind of plastic sheeting "stuck" to the ceiling in the floated area. We were told it was from the pour and could stay/go, wouldn't matter. But a lot of water had collected between it and the concrete, so now we're wondering if it's some kind of moisture barrier (we haven't touched it, but it is hanging down in some areas...) BTW, this is the second "wet corner", adjacent from the one in the first pic.
Amd a picture showing the three things I've itemized above:
This is a new custom construction completed fall of last year, so it's the house's first exposure to real weather - and our first exposure to the house in weather. We are well within a comprehensive 1 year warranty from the builder, and we have a meeting set up with them Wed to discuss these issues. I'm hoping to get more informed about what we should be requesting, what they should be offering, what we should avoid, etc. When we called them about this they suggested caulking the perimiter inside & outside (this is without seeing the pictures yet and just going off our "we think it's" descriptions). To me caulking a place where siding is breaking the integrity of the concrete-to-concrete joint is like putting a weak bandaid over a perpetually open wound. So what kind of fix do we need to pursue? What is it going to take to restore this to "should have been in the first place" status?
Thank you so much in advance for any insight you can provide...