Water found in the basement

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Hey everyone, does anyone know the regulations for water in the basement. I am in escrow for an investment property in Kansas City, Mo. During the 10 day inspection window the home inspector found water leakage in the basement. It appears the water is coming from the shower down there. I will most likely shut it off. That’s no problem. The issue is mold. Should I worry about water damage and mold or is this common with basements? Thank you :)

@Marcello Oliveri mold is an issue if it is contacting drywall or wood.  If you have a poured concrete slab and foundation - you might get a little mold but it is easy to remove.

Additionally, mold isn't a huge issue.  Everyone is scared of it for no reason. Tear out anything the mold is on. Spray the area to ensure it is gone with a mold treatment. Prevent the water from returning. Have the air ducts cleaned when the reno is complete or before you put any tenant inside the property. Then have the house tested for mold. Boom. That is it. None of these are expensive or hard. They protect you and more so they protect a future buyer or tenant.    

Best of luck to you. 

Thank you very much. I really appreciate all the great info. Straight to the point.. I ended up not getting the property. I found other issues during the inspection and decided to back out.

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