N.K. from Ottawa County, Ohio writes:
Dear Mister Condo,
The brick or block in the corner of my basement is wet. There is no standing water, however this may be a sign of a potential building foundation issue. There are 2 Condos above our unit. We are on the first floor. Would this be the responsibility of the association to pay for water proofing?
Mister Condo replies:
N.K., have you made the Board or Property Manager aware of the problem? Since this is likely a multiple unit and common area issue, the Board needs to be aware and should act to remedy the problem. One of the units above you may have a leak or a common pipe or drain may be leaking. Either way, the source needs to be found and remedied. If your basement is simply taking on moisture when the surrounding water table rises, that is another story altogether and that may simply be a problem specific to your basement. Either way, you might want to hire a building inspector who can tell you what the likely cause of your water intrusion is so you know what you are dealing with. If you own the basement, you may need a sump pump or other solution (waterproofing may be one way to go). The real question is if it is the association’s responsibility or your own. There really isn’t any way to know that until the source of the leak is determined. All the best!