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Amanda, Home Buyer in Omaha, NE

I have recently bought a home, we have gotten water in the basement twice now. Seller did not disclose this to us even when I had asked. What now?

Asked by Amanda, Omaha, NE Sun Jun 23, 2013

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Just upsetting because we are new home buyers and haven't even lived here a full month. I would rather it be the door than the foundation. Thank you all for your answers. Also as to owners not knowing I think they did because this can't be the first time it has ever happened with the rains we have had before this month of storms.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 23, 2013
Aside from the Disclosure bit; this should have noted during your General Inspection, or maybe even your Pest Inspection:
It doesn't sound like a real expensive repair.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 23, 2013
Actually it is somewhere from the door leading outside. The cement patio has a gap between the wall, water pools up near the door so most likely wood is rotted at base of door frame and needs to be replaced.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 23, 2013
It might be only that we had an extra wet spring.

Where is the water coming in?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 23, 2013
Do you know the source of the water? Often the water source is something simple like a downspout draining water next to the foundation or a low spot in the ground near the foundation. These issues are easily corrected. If it is something more than that, then you might have a claim against the seller. Ask your new neighbors if they ever heard the seller talk about water in the basement. The hardest part to prove is what the seller did or did not know. Then call your agent for further advise.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 23, 2013
There is no guarantee that the seller had knowledge or had this happen to them. We have had some serious rain this spring, and it is possible this is what it took to flood the basement. The thing you need to make sure of is that the downspouts are clear, of sufficient size to accommodate a heavy rain, and that they move sufficiently away from the house. The grade around the foundation needs to move away from the house. If you have drain tile, you need to have a sump pump with a battery back up. If you have a pump, test it to make sure it works. Should you have all of these things, you are unlikely to have a water problem. Spend your money fixing the issue. It could cost you a fortune going the legal route and you may not win. Good luck to you!
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