Mold, and Buckling Foundation
I'm new to the site and totally at a loss, both money and nerves.
I just bought my house 4 months ago, and after the 12 days of rain in NJ I have found that my house has some problems with water in the basement. OMG what a surprise. After about 12 days of rain, we woke to about 3-5 inches of water in our basement that we thought was a dry one, (no mention of a water problem from sellers, then neighbors started filling me in, the whole neighborhood has a problem since new contruction of a school). Since then, we wanted to make sure all was really safe, so we started to take down the drywall from the walls and tile on the floors. WOW, we found black mold, and parts of our foundation slightly buckled. We are planning to get the Watergaurd system to at least take care of the water coming in, but not sure what to do about the foundation buckling yet. We also need to do some grading on one side of the house. Problem is that we were told that this is not the right time of year to start putting soft soil around our house or taking away any soil. Anyway, my first question is this, what are the cons about the Watergaurd system. There have to be some. I have a problem with the fact the water is still coming through the foundation. I realize the concept is that the water will come in and then pump right back out, but what about more problems with mold in the foundation. Which leads to my second question:, the Mold...ewwww... We have just enough money to get the Watergard system, so having the mold cleaned up professionaly is really not an option for us right now. I've read about some remedies, but don't know which ones really work. Of course, we won't be finishing the basement until we're sure the mold is gone, so I know we have to wait to be sure it is really dead. But, I have three small children, and I want to do this the right way.
Any help would be appreciated.