wet basement! (again)
I live in west-central Minnesota, and am struggling with a wet/damp basement for the second year. I'm a new homeowner, and am at a loss! I'd love any and all suggestions...
Last spring, we had a lot of heavy rains, to which I discovered my finished basement had 2 wet rooms. (this was a bit baffling as the previous owners used one of those rooms as a master!) This was my first spring in the house. After talking with my inspector, who is also a general contractor, he had a few recommendations- one of which was to re-landscape around the house and replace the plastic that appeared to have pulled away from the house. I went this route, and it seemed to have fixed the wet basement issue.
Now, after another wet spring, I've found my basement has wet spots again. It's far, far drier than last spring, so the plastic/landscaping must have helped, but I have a few areas that are wet.
Any suggestions?? As mentioned above- the basement is finished, and 1/2 below ground. I'd hate to rip all the carpeting/drywall/etc. out to put in a sump pump, or something similar. One of my wet spots appears to be coming from 'behind' a bathroom, but I don't believe it's the shower leaking. The other spot is in the front corner of the house. My gutters seem to be working fine, downspout goes away from the house, no trees near that corner to gunk up the gutters...
Who should I call to check on this? General contractor? Get the landscapers back? Waterproof the concrete? Ugh! This is extremely frustrating, but I suppose part of the joys of home-ownership.