Living in the Mid-West, one is accustomed to having water in your basement on occasion, however my basement has been bone dry year round for the 3 years I've been here. There's only one place I've seen any water. In front of the water heater.
I sort my laundry on the floor in this area, and when tossing a load into the wash, I discovered some of the clothes were wet. The first time, I figured it was sweaty workout clothing, but then it happened a few months later with a load of lingerie.
The other day I was digging through some boxes stored near the heater, when I noticed water on the floor. Now the heater is in the middle of the basement, so it's not coming from leaky walls, but I could not find any dampness on any part of the heater I could touch. There's not much water, maybe a few tablespoons, but If this is a sign of impending doom, I want to know before the basement floods.
Any idea what might be causing this?