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Question DetailsAsked on 7/8/2017

Water seeping in at wall/floor join

During the periodic super-heavy rains in south Florida, I'll find a puddle of seeping water in my bedroom along the exterior wall of the house. There is no damage to the itself, so I'm 99.9% sure it's coming in from ground level or below. There is a window box "attached" to the exterior wall near where the water concentration seems to be highest, but since water follows the path of least resistance, there's no telling where the actual entry point is. It's happened twice in ten years, but I'd like to just fix it so I don't have to worry about it again. Any suggestions for a solution? Will rain gutters work, can I waterproof from the inside (keeping in my the bedroom has painted drywall installed,) or does this require digging down to the foundation?

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Likely causes, roughly in order of most to least common:

1) runoff water piling up against the foundation, either from lack of (or overflowing) gutters or because the slope near the house is level or towards the house rather than away, so water piles up agains the foundation and overflows it

2) entry through a wall penetration - typically around windows, occasionally exterior utility penetrations, or in your case sounds like could be the window box connection is allowing leakage in - or has rotted out the siding behind it and waer is getting in that way

3) water entering at any obvious siding flaw or damage

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