Ok i just moved into a 40 year old house that had been
renovated. I've been here for 2 months.
It was perfectly clean(upstairs and basement) until
it rained real hard. The basement has flooded 3 times in
2 months. Now there is mold on the baseboards, in
the basement and the new carpet is waterlogged(trash).
Now for the questions...
1 - Is the person who sold me the house Liable for
the flood damage?
2 - To fix the flooding should i call B-dry, basements.com
or someone else?
3 - Water is coming from under the house and
leaking into the basement, i've dug trenches
around the house to keep the water away from the
foundation but water is still leaking into the basement.
Could the water be going down the chimney, draining into
the foundation and then leaking into the basement??????
The chimney isn't covered with anything(like a chimney cap).
Honestly you need to get someone out there to look at it. Some areas of the
country have had record rainfalls and flooding has occurred where it has
never occurred before. Talk to your neighbors and see if they know about
any flooding on your lot and call a few waterproofing companies to get an
estimate. Watch out though..... there are many crooks out there. Get
references. If you are in central NC I can suggest one to talk to.
let me guess. perfectly clean means new paint in the basement? you gotta
watch out for that...
there are some basic 'disclosure' issues and i believe flooding basements
are one of the things that a homeowner MUST disclose. part of your sale
should have included a generic disclosure document signed by the seller.
you can read that for specifics. when i shopped for a house, i made a list
of very specific yes/no/when/what/how was it resolved type questions
compiled from a few books, that i had the owner fill out, sign, and became
part of the contract. i had one guy baulk at the questions, but i figure if
he didnt want to give straight answers to straight questions, thats all i
needed to know anyway.
the hard part is actually proving that they knew about it. look carefully
for signs of previous flooding. unpainted areas behind things that would
have water lines. ask the neighbors if there are flooding issues or if they
heard about anything.
basically call a lawyer. not disclosing a flooding/wet basement is a dirty
trick and those who play it deserve to feel the pain.
cant help ya here...
it could be an actual spring... the basement floor could be below the water
its doubtful... could be a roof leak at the chimney maybe... could be lots
of things. bout the best thing i can suggest is next time it rains, go down
there and see where its getting wet first. if you dont find the culprit,
try letting a hose run near the sides of the house and see if its seeping in
that way. if the hose doesnt wet the basement you probably got a water
A. The seller is required to have dislosed a known flooding problem.
B. I don't think it's your chimbley.
C. Hear what the water proofer has to say, but consider regrading the yard
to divert water way the heck away. Would the Titanic have fared better with
a tarry waterproof seal, or by staying in dry dock?
If you want to find out where the water is coming from (crucial if you
want to fix it) then you need to be there when it is raining hard and
watch where it comes in. I was able to fix mine but I had to go out
during the rain and watch where my water draining from my roof went.
It wasn't going where it was supposed to :O
And in Maryland disclosure of known defects is required, but if you
had an unusual amount of rainfall, they can always claim that that
never happenned when they owned the house.
I am in VA . The person who sold the house to me only bought the
house to re-sell it. He had it for about 5 months, renovated it
and sold it to me. He never lived here but is familiar with the
area and knows my neighbors, the neighbors knew about the
flooding so i'm sure he knew also.
The water is coming thru the floor very close
to the hot water heater, the hot water heater is sitting
on a wooden platform
and i can hear water leaking from underneath the wooden
platform while the water is leaking into
I'm getting an estimate on thursday from mid-atlantic
waterproofing. I'll be talking to the previous owner
right after i get the estimate. I guess the big question now is,
is the previous owner liable if he claims he didn't know about the
Oh one more thing the previous owner built a patio which had a brick
around it in the back yard. Well when the water hit that wall it went
the basement window, so the wall acted just like a dam. I fixed
this problem but like i said the water is still coming from
underneath the house.
do NOT go talk to the guy yourself first. get a lawyer and let him handle
it. you will somehow shoot yourself in the foot trying to handle it
yourself and as you say, you dont even know what approach to take. the
lawyer will tell you what he thinks you can and cannot do and how to get it
its a legal matter, not a personal one at this point. if you want personal
satisfaction wait til the lawyers are done and go egg his house <g>
My husband and I just had Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing come out and put
in their drain system and sump pump in our basement. It was a
nightmare! We were told that the job would take one day. It ended up
taking almost a week. We have had them come out twice as our basement
still leaks. We now have leaks where there were dry walls before they
came out with their jack hammers. They are coming out again this week
to hopefully correct the problem. Their workmanship was very sloppy.
The crew that did the initial work was late getting out to our house
every day and left early. One of our walls is so wet now we have
mushrooms growing on the wall! It was like taking $8,000 and flushing
it down the toilet!!! Think twice about having them come out to do
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