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Rainy Patio

I had an aluminum patio cover replaced, but rain pours through the corner where it's attached. Worse than that, the concrete floor angles down for runoff but the water pools first and drains slowly. How do I seal the patio so it doesn't catch and hold the rain?

Not-so-cozy patio

  • Krisihli
    Krisihli Ashland, OR
    on Oct 10, 2017

    2 ideas

    #1 Fix the leaky corner. Maybe hang a gutter?
    #2 refloat the patio so it drains quickly, mix a motar mix, cement and sand no bigger aggregate (rocks).

    I would do both, #1 first and foremost.

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  • Sharon
    Sharon Florence, OR
    on Oct 10, 2017

    First sunny day, I would caulk that line where the new cover joins the house, and maybe add some metal flashing to move the water further away from the sitting area. If there is a gutter up there, I would make sure its working properly and same for the downspout.
    Next I would create a French drain at the end of that patio with a trench and perforated pipe to drain the water out to the street and storm sewer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmmdGiEh1Mw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZmctiwpLN4
    Lastly, its too late in the year, but next summer I would have them add more, is that asphalt, to the patio to create a sloping surface that drains away from the house and removes that dip where the water pools.

  • Stormy1133
    Stormy1133 Mount Prospect, IL
    on Oct 10, 2017

    sounds like it needs flashing. First if possible contact the installers, they should be able to fix your problem, and should have recognized that possibility. if you are not a do it yourself person, gutter installers should be able to flash that. if its Small enough, silicone caulk may help you!

  • Nancy Turner
    Nancy Turner Rochester, MN
    on Oct 10, 2017

    It sounds like the angle down for drainage doesn't go all the way to the edge or something is stopping it from draining. Does the grass, soil or mulch, or rocks at the edge of the patio come up to the edge of the concrete or is it lower. The outer part of the patio may not have settled quite as low as closer to the house. If there is a way to create a channel leading to the end of the concrete it would probably allow it to drain

  • Inetia
    Inetia Tacoma, WA
    on Oct 11, 2017

    Have you contacted the installer to see if he will come back and do the job right. As for the water pooling I would put in a dry creek bed to carry the water away from the patio and the house. Google 'dry creek beds' and you'll find hundreds of ideas. The pictures show how to start and what you can end up with.

    You can turn this into an amazing little piece of heaven as seen next.

    You can turn this into an amazing little piece of heaven as seen next.

  • Inetia
    Inetia Tacoma, WA
    on Oct 11, 2017

    I agree that you should contact the installer. As for the pooling water, I would put in a dry creek bed to drain the water away from the patio and house. Google 'dry creek beds' for hundred of ideas. The following photo shows you where to start. The second photo shows you how far you can take itl

  • Cheryl
    Cheryl Houston, TX
    on Oct 11, 2017

    These are such amazing ideas, and I thank you all so much! I contacted the installer after the first rain and sent several pictures, including the one I posted. He never returned my calls nor replied to text messages. Needless to say, I'd have to turn elsewhere for a resolution. I'll share these ideas with a different contractor next summer and post the results. THANK YOU!

    • Gmchic25
      Gmchic25 Gonzales, LA
      7 days ago

      Report him to the better business organization in your area along with posting bad reviews on his company website. Do not be ignored you spent good money on getting it fixed. They count on you not causing them problems even if the job isn't done right.

  • Cheryl
    Cheryl Houston, TX
    7 days ago

    You're right, and I will.

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