I have an enclosed porch, built on a preexisting
concrete patio slab.
there is heavy or prolonged rain, the slab becomes very
damp, especially at the two corners farthest from the
problem is not gutter overflow, as the gutters and
downspouts are clean and discharge water several feet
away, and downhill, from the slab.
have removed earth from the slab for about a foot back
from the worst corner, but there is still water
Iím sure my sharp readers will have suggestions, but I
think knowing the age of the house and when the problem
started would be helpful for a solution.
shifts, and trees and shrubbery planted as babies grow
into adults and change the way moisture affects
structures. The slab and porch might not have been built
to standards designed to prevent such intrusion in
torrential and prolonged downpours.
bring in a landscaper or a concrete contractor to look
at the problem to see if it is growing worse.
could have an easy answer. The fact that you have
identified it as a problem and are concerned about it
might guarantee that the problem wonít get any worse.
time emboldens burglars, so here are a few tips on
deadbolts on all doors and windows, and make sure they
are locked before you leave home.
on motion detectors are preferable to keeping
floodlights on all night.
timers can give your house a lived-in look. Lights,
radio and TVs donít have to be on for long, but you
should program a variety of on-and-off sequences during
experts suggest putting certain lights in your home on
timers year-round, not just when you are away, to set up
a routine that makes it appear as if someone is home.
to keep the curtains drawn.
is not a complete list, of course. And one thing I also
recommend is that you not post vacation photos on
Facebook while you are away.
can wait until youíre back to see them.