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Question DetailsAsked on 9/6/2015

water is coming under my door what can I do to stop it?

My garage was turned into a finished basement but water is coming under the door.

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As the BeeGees said - "how can you stop the rain from falling down" ? (in the song "How Do You Mend A Broken Heart").

1) If coming in from water backing up against the foundation and flowing into the doorway,, localized regrading to drain away from the foundation.

2) If from water splashing against the door in quantity from roof or downspout, install proper gutters and downspout to catch the water and divert it away from the house.

3) if from direct impact of the rain on the door or at the foot of the door, best way is an awning, canopy, or shed or peaked porch roof over the door to keep the water from hitting the door/doorsill at all - which should solve the intrusion problem and give the door a lot longer life.

4) When the primary source of water has been removed, minor blowing rain infiltration can be stopped by a properly installed and waterstopped doorsill, and rain deflector/dripcap and doorsweep or dripcap/bottom seal on the door itself, like these -

Door contractors can put on, not tough if you are a fair DIY'er (though generally requires door and sill removal and sill elevation modification to install the bottom seal type), Handyman with some skills can also install them. The outside drip cap and sweep type is an easy DIY job if you have the means to install screws in your door type - so requires drill with self-tapping screws or pilot drill bit to install in metal or fiberglass doors.

Here is another similar question with responses which should help too -

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