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    Asked Aug 19, 2008, 09:14 AM 6 Answers
    It's been raining non-stop for 2 days and I noticed that there's an area that's damp on the floor. It's located by the side of the house where the wall meets the floor. Our house is on a cement slab and has brick exterior. We moved in to our home a month ago so I don't know a lot about it yet. What should I do? There's built in cubbie holes between the wall and the carpet that's wet, but the bottom of those aren't wet.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated

    I've also attached pictures of the area. Thank you!

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    Aug 19, 2008, 09:20 AM
    Could be leaking in around the bottom of the windows.
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    Aug 19, 2008, 01:54 PM


    Do those cabinets have their own floors or bottom? That could be hiding the water. Does the rain ever get to the point of standing water up againist your slab? If not I'd go with Static's thought of a leaky window.
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    Aug 19, 2008, 02:28 PM
    The Cabinets do have their own bottoms. If the water is leaking from under cabinet floors, what do I do? I don't think that rain stands against the slab but the way the cement is laid out does cause it to puddle near that area.. but there's caulking on the floor to seal the wall and the cement and it doesn't look like it's broken.

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    Aug 19, 2008, 06:30 PM


    If it's the window you can probably test with a garden hose for a few minutes, just enough to get the window edghes soaked but not the ground. If the area stay dry after the garden hose tehn try flooding the ground with the hose . No chalk or foundation/wall seam is 100% water tight, they will leak even if there is a hairline crack.
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    Aug 20, 2008, 06:20 PM
    Thanks for the suggestions I checked both and it seems to be coming from the floor. What do I do next? Do I just re-caulk it?
    I really do appreciate the help.
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    Aug 21, 2008, 03:20 PM


    "coming from the floor." Does this mean you see the water seeping right at the joint between the floor and the wall? Caulk may be your only option but regrading the soil around the house will help to deflect the water away.
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