One-time water in finished basement

Old 03-18-08, 01:33 PM
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Exclamation One-time water in finished basement

About five weeks ago we had our gutters "professionally" inspected and cleaned. As part of their service, the gutter cleaners installed a PVC drainpipe on one of our downspouts. This particular downspout is located directly above a fully enclosed deck. The gutter cleaner directed the drainpipe under the deck but neglected to visually verify that the pipe was pointing away from the foundation. During our most recent rainfall, we experienced flooding in a section of our basement, which brought to our attention the mistake the gutter clearner made. Water was flowing directly from the drainpipe into our foundation and up through the concrete slab and into our carpet. Mold is now apparent in our drywall and behind the base boards.

Since the gutter cleaner's neglegence was so obvious, the company has agree to assume liability and pay for all necessary repairs (water removal, mold remediation, drywall removal and repair, carpet re-installation, etc.). However, we are concerned that now that water has seeped once into our basement, we will continue to have problems. We have never, nor have the previous owners, experienced water in the basement.

So my questions are -

Q1 - Now that water has been allowed to enter our basement, are we now more likely than before to experience future difficulties? In other words, is there any turning back to the way things were?

We have low humidity in the basement, insulated walls, waterproofed concrete foundation, etc., which was one of the reasons we paid extra for the house.

Q2 - How severely, if at all, will this gutter company "accident" depreciate the value of our house?

If possible, we would like to take the opportunity that this incident has created to make additional improvements to the basement (since a major section of the basement will be torn up anyway). We are considering wood laminate instead of replacing the carpet.

Q3 - Are the potential problems associated with wood flooring in a basement worth it?

Any advice is much appreciated.
Old 03-19-08, 11:11 AM
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Why don't you wait for a while--after repairs are completed &
see if the problem has gone away...................

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