How do we know if we should be redoing all the drywall (on exterior walls) in the basement or leave as-is?
We just moved into an older house (1970s) that was mostly sitting empty for about 6-12 months so everything does have a slightly musty smell to it and there was a leak in another part of the basement (since fixed).
There isn't clear evidence of mold, besides a few spots on the surface of the drywall in one of the basement rooms, but that could have been caused by something in the room that has since been removed.
When we cut an opening in the drywall we discovered that there is a layer of plastic, then insulation, and then plastic right against the cinder blocks. We are assuming that all the finished exterior walls have been done like this. We will be using the basement regularly for office space, laundry, and rec room and we aren't planning on moving in the next 30 years.
We are wondering what the risk is of just leaving everything as-is. My husband feels that if this was like this for years, then we can just leave it. I feel that since we know that plastic right up against cinder blocks is a recipe for mold, we should redo it all.