I'm in Minneapolis, in a house built in 1886, fully renovated a few years ago. The basement is finished. This has been an extremely wet winter, with lots of snow and ice that is now melting.
Some guests pointed out a damp patch of carpet in the basement. When I pulled it up, it looks like water is leaking in through an exterior wall. I can't see more without taking off the drywall.
The basement has leaked only once previously, but that was due to a blocked sewer clean-out pipe, and that is not the cause this time.
The house is surrounded an all sides by sidewalk. It is graded/angled to allow for drainage. The house has gutters, but they are completely blocked with ice. I suspect that the leak is related to the build-up of ice on the sidewalk.
I am deciding between these options:
Pay a contractor to come in and investigate. Because there is sidewalk on the exterior, I expect any repairs will be very expensive.
Just fix the damage, and in the future try to be more diligent about keeping the sidewalk clear of ice.
What are your thoughts?