Irene is gone but left a wet basement
My house(25 yrs old) has never had water in the basement until Irene blew through this weekend. We also got significant flooding in our side yard from road run-off but 40-50 ft away from the house. We do not know what to do except call a professional in. This is our first experience with water in the basement. We did clean it all up and have a dehumidifier going now. We think the water was coming up from the ground and it pretty much stopped when the heavy rains did- we got about 2 inches. We couldnt identify where the water was coming in. The whole basement was already wet and water had seeped into our underhouse garage before we even thought to check since we never had water before but we have had hurricanes and significant rain in the past. There is a small hole ( 4-6" wide) in the cement floor near a wall( It has always been there since the house was built) that has some pipes going into it and it was also filled with water. My spouse is talking drains under the house,(Yikes) and I am thinking simple sump pump in case there is a next time. It may be important to note that 3 yrs ago we re-did our foundation plantings and this spring we put in a back patio but they were careful to slope it away from the foundation. We have gutters and we did notice the gutters were not holding the force of the water. I do not want to over-engineer the fix but I want to do it right so need advise before we call in the professionals so we have an idea and don't have to rely primarily on what they say. You guys on this House Forum have gotten us through many trials in the past so Thanks in advance for any advise you can offer us.