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Question DetailsAsked on 10/10/2016

about water damage and second story weep holes

Our 5-year old brick house has weep holes at ground level and on one side of our house 5 weep holes about 12 feet above ground. The weep holes 12 feet above ground level are directly above a small 2-foot bump out from our kitchen. Over the past 5 years we’ve had a few instances where we’ve had water damage near that bump out. It looks to me like water is getting in those weep holes. Would plugging them with a sponge solve the problem, or do I need a specialist? If I need a specialist, what type of specialist?

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Water could be getting in there - more likely running out due to water infiltration intot he upper portion of the wall through cracks. Draining such water out from behind the bricks is the purpose of the weep holes - the reason you have weep holes above the bumpout is otherwise any water running behind the bricks (which sound like a facade in your case, with a gap and water barrier behind them before you hit the actual frame wall) would run down into the kitchen window and leak into the house there.

Another nastier possibility is there was no base flashing put in the wall under the brick and right above the bumpout - so it could be water is infiltrating down in the wall to the rough opening unobstructed (other than by the wood header over the window) and causing damage around the window.

I would have a Masonry contractor look at it - they may need rain spouts (simple flashing or fancy ones as desired) in the weepholes to project the drips beyond the back edge of the bumpout - or possibly the bumpout was never flashed right so it is water running down the face or the back of the brick and then getting into the wall at the bumpout, the top of which should have been treated as a 'roof" as far as waterproofing goes. Or the top of the bumpout may be leaking. In any case he could install new flashing.

Do NOT plug the weep holes - they are there for a reason. Google this search phrase to read more on them and why they are there and how they work.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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