We recently purchased a house that is 19 years old, and have been occupying the house for about 3 weeks. We inspected the house prior to purchase with a certified home inspector. The seller's disclosure did not indicate their knowledge of mold or water in basement. However, within 24 hours of moving in, we discovered a very small spot of mold above the baseboard on the drywall in the finished basement. The mold is black, and a one to two inch water stain was visible just above it. It happens to be located adjacent to a built-in drywall box (floor to ceiling) around the kitchen sink drain pipe, and is on the outside wall of the basement. We can't tell if it is from a foundation leak or the pipe. We pulled back the carpet and dried it once (only a couple of inches were wet), but it returned shortly thereafter.
We would like to identify the source of the moisture and solve the problem, but are frustrated that this was not disclosed and/or identified by the home inspector.
Do we have any reasonable recourse other than filing a lawsuit and trying to prove the seller's knew about it? The home inspector's limit of liability was for the price of the inspection only.