Albert Barber asks,
My basement has one finished room, and this happens to be where water is coming in. Short of tearing down the drywall and uncovering what I'm sure is a mold fest, what are my best and most frugal options for fixing this? I've tried digging up spots around the foundation and patching what I thought were foundation cracks that might be a problem – but that didn't work, and now I'm at a loss. The Mrs. is against tearing her work space (the one fnished room) apart. I'm wondering if the concrete foundation gotten has old enough to become porous, and is letting water in? I feel should also mention that the yard surrounding the side of the house that leaks has a retaining wall, and it only leaks in the early spring with the thaw and heavy rain. The house is pushing 100 years old. I appreciate your time and consideration. Love the show, and though I don't catch it often, when I'm traveling I always look for it.