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Here's what I would do. First, if you need gutters or gutter-replacements, I'd do that first. Make sure your downspout extensions are at least 3' long. Make sure that water isn't pooling near the foundation or running back towards the foundation. Of course, the key is to get the water AWAY from the foundation and to KEEP it away. Also, make sure you have at least a 3" 'drop' in landscape-elevation for the 1st 3' of sloping that abutts the foundation.
As for going to Phase 2, which involves sealing cracks and such, I'd spend a few $$$ and work on Phase 1. In 90% of the cases, the water problem can be 'fixed' by doing the stuff in Phase 1.
As for sealing cracks from the INSIDE - Forget it! Cracks need to be 'managed' from the outside. THAT's where the water source is - outside. You'd want water to put 'pressure' on the OUTSIDE of any 'fix' you make; NOT on the 'inside' of the fix. If you fix your cracks from the inside, water pressure will 'push' within the crack and either make it wider or push out any fill that you've added.
My best to ya and hope this helps.
Jay J -Moderator
PS: God Bless America!
PPS: Sure, it's possible that a few days can go by before water shows up in the house. If the ground is saturated or very hard, it could show up quickly.