Does a damp basement, occasionally wet in patches, matter long term?

I have a few leaks, nothing more than a dampening or a few ounces after a heavy storm, in several spots arouny my basement. Is this cause for concern? Normally is dry all round. Its regular blocl painted white.
If you all tell me its ok like that, I'd be happy to leave it be.
Thanks
Dean
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Make sure the grade around the house slopes away at least a few feet. Tom
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dean wrote:

wel you dont want the water to form any strong pressure and crack the walls/floor. If the water is leaking into the basement then I guess the pressure is relieved. Not 100% sure though.
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dean wrote:

It only matters if you want to finish the basement, if you are sensitive to molds or if you are selling your home. I would work on it. First make sure the ground ALL around your home is graded away from the foundation, 10 or more feet is good. Also make sure down spouts are directed away from your home.
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Done a lot of grading and reinforcement. Still a little water after heavy rains. Could do even more grading though I guess.
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dean wrote:

Gutters clean?
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Behind the paint, wall is probably wet for longer periods - a potential mold problem and therefore a health problem for some. As Joseph Meehan and others note, this is often solved by correcting gutter or correcting outside grading so that puddles don't form and ground always slopes away from building.
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As a professional and licenced waterproofer i urge you to correct the problem immed or sooner. Dig it up and parge and damproof the outside. Its not rocket science that leaks get bigger. Water is the one natural enemy of all things construction or home related. Damproofing is the cheapest and least skill intense jobs and still the most neglected. Do it yourself for a couple hundred bucks. Niagara Falls started out once just like them two little damp spots....
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Unfortunately there is a $70K "mother of all decks" outside on that side of the house. We regraded under it, but I cannot afford to rip it all out and rebuild it. As I said its MUCH better now that we regraded and put in a new gutter, but its still damp and wet in a few places.
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