Questions about (ancient) basement
I'm interested in a house that was built in the 1840's. In this part of the country, only extremely old houses have basements, so I'm clueless about how to spot potential trouble. Because of the rarity, I'm also a little concerned that an inspector might not know a whole lot more than I do.
The house is brick, and so is the basement--floors AND walls! (I would imagine that's pretty unusual wherever you live.) Anybody have any advice on what we should look for? Would some mold be normal in a house this age? If there's not a lot of mold and we check it immediately after a hard rain to be sure there's no standing water, do you think that would be sufficient?
Sorry if these questions are real dumb, but I'm lost. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!