In my post a few days ago, I was asking about bubbles I was getting while refinishing my oak doors. I've tracked the problem to a 'fast dry' polyurenthane I'd inadvertantly started using. I don't know if it's common knowledge, but the 8 hour dry stuff is in a whole different league than the cheap 3 hour dry, oil based poly.
now on to my question. I've read previous posts regarding damp basements, but I didn't find a clear answer that I was satisfied with. I have some dampness in my basement, no visible water, but you can run your finger along the bottom of the outside wall and feel it after a good rain. My gutters drop into pipes that I assume are supposed to take the water away, out towards the front of my house below ground. I have about 6 feet between my house and my neighbors'.
During the aforementioned good rain, the gutters overflow very fast and water collects near the side of my house from where I assume it leaks in. I've read the only real solution is to dig up, seal, and regrade my house.
However, I'd like to know if it would be worth my time and effort to redirect the water myself front and dump it (8 feet or however far is deemed appropriate) in front of the house. This is a solution I can implement now, maybe in a few years as more money materializes, I can have the outside dug up and sealed.