Then we noticed that even after all the snow had disappeared water was still pouring through the storm sewer, which we could hear through the drain next to our house. No sign of where this water was coming from.
Then a few days after that water began bubbling to the surface of the street three houses away and uphill from us, obviously from a leaking water pipe. So that explained the water pouring down the storm drain. Only a slow trickle of water was emerging from under the street, so most of it was somehow getting into the storm sewer.
And we started to wonder; could water from the leak somehow be getting into our basement? The leak was three houses away, and a whole lot of water seemed to be flowing away through the storm sewer. It didn't make sense to me. Was there enough water to saturate all the ground from the leak to our house? Or was there some sort of underground channel carrying water from the leak to our back wall?
During that late January cold snap pipes seem to have burst all over Baltimore, and since ours looked like a slow leak and did not cut off anyone's water, it got a low priority. So it was not until last week that they showed up to fix it.
Our basement immediately began to dry up, and now it is completely dry.