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Old 05-31-2018, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Boydton, VA
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Most important question....why is it leaking ? Does the house need gutters ? Does the perimeter of the house at the foundation need to be graded to slope away from the house ? Is there a buried drainage pipe in place to take excess water away from the house ? Rain on top of saturated soil increases hydrostatic pressure....water then takes the path of least resistance, perhaps a small crack in the foundation.
Removing the water is the solution. If the lot does need to be regraded to channel water away from the foundation, it's obviously not something that happened since your purchase date, the previous owner was aware, and was under obligation to inform you.

Our yard needed to be regraded so water ran away from the foundation, not towards it, 6" gutters installed and downspouts run into buried 8" drainage pipes....problem solved.

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Gemstone1
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Old 05-31-2018, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Boston
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First thing you need to do is call someone to come over and assess the problem and what it would cost to fix. Do that before you call an attorney.
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Old 05-31-2018, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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First thing you need to do is call someone to come over and assess the problem and what it would cost to fix. Do that before you call an attorney.
They already did that.
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Old 05-31-2018, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Boston
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They already did that.
she didn't say what it would cost to fix, until that's known, hard to advise.
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Old 06-01-2018, 09:04 PM
 
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Yes, OP, get some legal advice. You do have a recourse if the previous owners did not disclose it and they knew. A good home inspector would see signs of previous leaks.
Nope, no way, no how. Not NINE months later. No way to prove previous owner knew about it and they aren't even going to respond unless you send a letter from a lawyer (which will cost several hundred if not thousands just to get to that point). OP you have zero recourse here and are just wasting money hiring a lawyer. Fix it and move on with your life. I'm not saying you aren't right, just that financially it isn't going to work out.

These types of threads (we closed on a house months ago and now *some problem*)...they all end the same, and isn't with the previous owner being found liable.
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Old 06-02-2018, 08:34 AM
 
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I put a call in to B Dry to see what they can do. The sellers contacted me a day ago and said that they tried to fix the leak in the basement years ago and it "worked". I wish they had disclosed that during the sale, because then I would have hired a specialist to come out and look at it.
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Old 06-02-2018, 01:52 PM
 
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Most important question....why is it leaking ? Does the house need gutters ? Does the perimeter of the house at the foundation need to be graded to slope away from the house ? Is there a buried drainage pipe in place to take excess water away from the house ? Rain on top of saturated soil increases hydrostatic pressure....water then takes the path of least resistance, perhaps a small crack in the foundation.
Removing the water is the solution. If the lot does need to be regraded to channel water away from the foundation, it's obviously not something that happened since your purchase date, the previous owner was aware, and was under obligation to inform you.

Our yard needed to be regraded so water ran away from the foundation, not towards it, 6" gutters installed and downspouts run into buried 8" drainage pipes....problem solved.

Regards
Gemstone1
All that was done (according the the sellers) but obviously not enough to sustain heavy continuous rain.
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Old 06-02-2018, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA - Kingstowne Subdivision
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I put a call in to B Dry to see what they can do.
Once you meet with B Dry, post your estimate. It would be great for future homeowners with similar issues.

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The sellers contacted me a day ago and said that they tried to fix the leak in the basement years ago and it "worked". I wish they had disclosed that during the sale, because then I would have hired a specialist to come out and look at it.
Take a look at the property disclosure code for real property in VA:

https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title55/chapter27/

Maybe the seller fixing the problem in the past removed the sellers need to disclose at the time of a sale.

In your cost versus benefit analysis of pursuing the sellers in court or fixing the problem and moving on, add your time the equation.

Also, check all of the documents you signed during your purchase. You may have signed the property disclosure form similar to the one in this link:

http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/uploade...(07-10-17).pdf

Good luck with your process.
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Old 06-03-2018, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Falls Church City
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virginia is caveat emperor. it's your problem. spend the energy to fix the problem not trying to blame the previous owners.
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Old 06-05-2018, 10:39 AM
 
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Well, since you were asking in NoVa board, I assume this was a Virginia house. Sad truth is, seller in Virginia does not need to disclose much when they are selling, only bare minimum. I'm in the same situation, only slightly better. House had a below grade garage, despite the channel drain and sump pit+ sewage pump (was dead at home inspection), with heavy downpour like a couple of weeks ago, water came into the garage through the front door. Happened twice already.

Don't know how long the pump has been dead, but judging from the dirt in the channel drain, nobody cleaned up that for quite some time, and from my recent experience, water definitely would flow into the garage with the existing condition (drain filled with dirt and gunk and a bad pump). My home inspector did not warn me anything regarding a below grade garage's possible water problem, and now I'm stuck with it. Luckily, the garage was a couple of inches lower than the rest of the house, so inside the basement and all, no signs of water damage.
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