Can water seep up through a concrete basement floor???
I noticed today that there are water marks around the base of a table, a wood chest, and a basket that is being stored in the partially finished basement of our rental house. Several boxes also appear to be damaged because they have collapsed on the bottom. I cannot find any evidence of water coming from the ceiling or walls (they're both drywalled). There is not a drain in this part of the basement.
I also noticed signs of water on the opposite side of the basement (unfinished). There were water rings underneath some of the owner's old paint cans and where we had a small artificial Christmas tree. The tree has been thrown away, but where it had been sitting you can clearly see the outline of the base and where the four screws attached the base.
What's the most puzzling is that a shower curtain that I had purchased for my daughter's bathroom was SOAKING WET. It had not been opened and was still in the BedBath&Beyond bag. I noticed it because it had a brown stain along the zipper. When I lifted it out of the bag it literally dripped water! This was in the partially finished side of the basement (no carpet).
One other piece of information that might be important. I've noticed that this neighborhood doesn't seem to drain properly. The back yards are very saturated all the time. This was true even when we moved in at the end of September.
Anyway, I am completely stumped because it is completely dry down there now and we've had two days of rain. Any thoughts??? As always, thanks for any help.