I am a newbie to home repair so please bear with me if I don't get all
the terminology correct.
My kitchen wall, which is facing the front of my house, has three huge
The house is built on a slab. The point where the wall meets the slab
is 7 inches below where my kitchen floor meets the wall.
[The outside of this wall is all brick.]
On certain days when it rains water seeps in where my kitchen floor
meets the wall. Interestingly, it doesn't necessarily happen when we
have a lot of rain. I checked the roof, the gutters etc. No issues
Whats even more interesting is that if I go outside and look at the
wall, the ground near it does not look very wet - water is properly
getting drained away from it. However, while water is leaking, if I go
spill a bucket of water on the ground near that wall - I see this
water seep through my kitchen wall.
I noticed there were gaps where the wall meets the kitchen floor - so
those gaps up with silicon caulk. The next time it rains I
doubt anything can come through.
This got me thinking though, that for the water to rise 7 inches from
the ground *through*
the wall till it got to the gaps and spilled into
my kithen - is quite a feat. Also now that I have sealed the gaps the
next thing thats going to happen is the water is just going to rise
higher and higher through the walls (instead of spilling through the
gaps) and probably ruin my walls .... Is this an accurate assessment ?
I understand that this is probably a grading issue and I need to grade
the land such that water does not collect near this wall. But I really
don't know how to do this and in my naive opinion the land actually
looks well graded. Of course when it rains a lot, I don't know how
grading can help, the water is going to end up in the ground and rise
What I have done for now, is that I have dug a hole right next to the
wall, about 5-6 inches deep and the next time it rains I am going to
observe how water collects in this hole to determine if it is truly a
If anyone has any advice - please let me know. Any tips on grading;
redirecting the water; sealing the wall where it meets the slab;