My wife and I just bought a house (built 1950) in a hilltown in western MA. One of the issues (actually the worst issue) the house has is a damp basement. There are a number of areas, mainly on the floor, where moisture is seeping in.
In the house inspection, the inspector saw two areas that could help alleviate the dampness. First, the grading around the house, though not horrible, could be better. Secondly, the downspouts dump the water right at the base of the foundation.
Our plan of action is as follows:
1. Take the water from the downspouts through pvc piping to the storm drain in front of house this summer.
2. Buy a Santa Fe dehumidifier this summer as well.
3. Get airtight cover for sump pit and second pump.
4. Attack the grading issue next summer.
Anyone have any comments regarding these plans/ideas? Any recommendations on a reliable sump pump? Anyone know of a good "how to" on step #1? Would really appreciate some feedback. Thanks!