I am living in a concrete and steel apartment building in Saint Louis, MO. The walls and floors of the first floor (read basement) are falling because they were built on the dirt in the basement before there was such a thing as wolmanizing of wood. At this point, I want to create a living space isolated from mold and free from all the nasty's that come with your world collapsing into termite food in the humid STL summers. Can anyone tell me the best way to do this?
Additionally, I am quite concerned with the issue of the mold and moisture. Is there an accepted method of isolating myself and my living space from the mold, moisture and asbestos that is common to the rest of the apartment building?
Is my best bet replacing the walls with backerboard so that they cannot mold or mildew? Should I rebuild from scratch? Should I jack this whole mess up with a bottle jack and some patience?