06:01PM | 04/20/01
We are getting ready to put our house on the market. We had been having a problem with water in bsmt with each rain of any duration. Have solved problem and now only get a little water with a prolonged (days long just short of a Hurricane) heavy downpour. Question is--do we have to inform potential buyers about the old water problem that is fixed? Or, do we just inform them of the heavy downpour problem? We have one more thing to try to stop all leaking will do that next week.


12:10PM | 04/21/01
Member Since: 04/03/01
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YES you must inform the potential buyers of a past problem with water coming into a house. Have you looked at a disclosure statement? Legally you must report certain things to buyers, and this is definately one of them. HOWEVER you can also note what was done to remedy the situation and how successful (or unsuccessful) it was.

By the way. what have you done to help the situation? We get a trickle of water in our basement occasionally (not enough to warrant putting in an expensive inside perimeter drain) and are looking for other (less expensive) ways to keep that trickle out. Thanks and good luck!


05:41PM | 04/21/01
We have done quite a few things to solve the problem, sealing all below ground cracks or holes in the block foundation, dug up along one side of the house-waterproofed wall and refilled with stone, now the driveway we have just had installed butts that side of the house. We used to have water perking up thru holes in the bsmt. floor, really interesting to watch with the shop vac in my hands. Opened up the sides and bottom of the sump pump hole. Had been installed into a solid walled hole.(Brilliant) Exterior stairs were installed with no drain at the bottom, water would come in under the door, fixed that. Need to make a cover for exterior stairway that will stop the water cascading off the house and down the steps. House was built in 22' and I am beginning to think there were absolutely no building codes here then. Thanks for the help, was not trying to be dishonest, just didn't know what our obligation was.


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