Well, there was a fair bit of mould within the particle board constructed bar, so our handyman thought it a good idea to pull off the baseboard from the wall behind the bar, just to see what there was to see. More mould.
Based on that, we decided to rip out the carpet that was near the bar, and install a nice new floor for the whole area. There was mould almost all the way through, which led to the removal of the sub floor as well.
With mould now being the greatest concern, we thought it would be good to cut away a couple of feet of drywall from the walls that we knew had previous water damage, just to verify that water was no longer getting in, and that it would be safe to patch up the walls and install the new floor.
The foundation was clearly leaking.
So, it would appear that we have to now dig up at least one side of the house, but probably all four. We also have to rip out all of the basement drywall and insulation along the perimeter, such that we can dry everything out before repairing it. I imagine a demolition team will be here in the next couple of weeks.
Is it too late to hire a bartender?