My in-laws have a very old town house. They certainly have multiple problems throughout the year, and a lot of those problems certainly stem from the basement. The Very Old Town House has one of those dirt bottom basement, with walls that are nearly unfinished. Several times throughout the year, there is certainly standing water in the basement of their Town House. The spring is definitely the worst time, because much of the snow is melting the ground. Water is consistently seeping in through the foundation, and my in-laws have had a myriad of troubles. Last summer, they had to replace the furnace and cooling plan in their townhouse. The furnace and cooling plan is located in the basement, where the dirt floor is often looking like a mud pit. The problems from groundwater that year were terrible, and the people I was with and myself were very worried about flooding. Our in-laws ended up with multiple inches of standing water on the basement floor. The furnace and cooling plan was destroyed, because of a leak in the wall next to it. The furnace and cooling plan and needed to be replaced, and the people I was with and myself had a hefty bill to pay at the end of spring. In the future, it might be a good idea to move to an entirely different place. The people I was with and myself would not be able to deal with a mud floor half of the year. Having problems with the furnace and cooling plan is no good either.