We purchased a home where the previous owner did a lot of home improvement himself. The house has a finished basement and I believe the previous owner mentioned something about him digging out and finishing it himself.
The basement recently developed a mildewy smell so we pulled up a corner of the basement carpeting. We discovered two things that really worried us. First, we discovered that the padding and carpet were placed directly on the concrete without any sort of moisture barrier.
But my question related to the second thing we discovered. The concrete slab in the finished part of the house has wood dividers embedded in it (they look like 2x4s but I can't be sure). See pictures. It's almost as if he framed out the flooring for pouring the concrete but then left the wood. Some of the wood is damp to the touch and seems to be starting to deteriorate.
I guess I'm looking for some confirmation that this is wrong and problematic. Am I wrong? Is there any legitimate reason for that wood to be there? I'm assuming I'm going to have to dig it out and fill the voids but would love to be wrong. (Not only does that seem like a big job, but some of the wood goes under the wall frames, so I may have to cut into the walls in order to get to the edges of the wood).