How can I find out if there is mold behind my drywall?
June 8, 2009 9:16 AM Subscribe
What is the least destructive method I could use to determine what if any mold might be growing in drywall? You see, there's this roof leak...
posted by cavalier to home & garden (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
... that is very minor (the leak only showed up after 5+ days of rain in a row), and that's going to get repaired, but here I am looking at a wall with two pencil thin lines of moisture coming down about a foot and a half. Considering this leak has probably been here since before I moved in, as there is some minor discoloration I just now noticed elsewhere on the wall, I'm a little worried I might have something magical living behind/within the drywall.
I've googled around a bit and while there are several mold remediation companies that are happy to come in and rip out my walls and clean everything out -- no one seems to be in the business of, well, checking if there is anything there to begin with. I admit I'm being cheap and trying to prevent a $1,000+ remediation action without evidence of a problem, but am I just SOL here?
The best I've come up with is hiring a "water leak detection" company. Which is remarkable since I know where the leak is coming from -- the roof -- it's more, well, how leaky is it?
If it helps for anyone's anecdotes, I am in Florida.