What do I do next after seepage (long)?
My husband and I are not very handy. This is our first house (we had an 11th floor condo previously). We have no idea what to do after last week's storms. After Chicago's extensive rains last weekend, our basement got water. Thankfully it wasn't a lot like some neighbors. But we had to rip out all our carpet padding because it just soaked up the water and made the carpet all squishy.
We tore out the pad and dried out the carpet. But now what do we do? How would we investigate the source of the problem? We suspect the problem came from an exterior foundation wall in the front of the house. But we don't know for certain. That would require us to remove painted paneling in our basement.
Under the carpet padding was old vinyl looking tiles. Should we pull up some of those and see if the concrete floor is cracked or something?
Basically we don't know where to start. Our basement is in chaos with carpet everywhere and toys shoved into the dry corners. I want to get our basement "working" again as soon as possible because my children (ages 5,3,1) need a place to play.
FWIW, we have never had a water problem before. The previous owner told us she had a water problem only once, back in the 90s. Other neighbors told us that storm was like the one Chicago had this past weekend. So I guess heavy, heavy rains could happen again in another 10 years?
Thanks for any advice!