Possible mold behind basment wall

Old 09-26-05, 09:33 PM
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Possible mold behind basment wall

A year ago this last spring we had a lot of rain. I left the basement window open a crack to find one room soaked due to the water coming in. The wall (plasterboard) was soft and pliable from the wetness. We set up fans and a DH and had the area dried in a matter of 72 hours. Since then I have noticed a very musky smell that at times seems to get stronger. Being that the cat litter box is in this same area I have been hesitant to assume it could be a mold problem. There has been no visible sign of mold under the carpet in this area (checked several times). Is there a way to test for mold behind the wall without cutting a hole in it?
Old 10-11-05, 11:34 AM
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Remove the litter box and see if the smell remains.
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Possible mold behind basment wall

No way to avoid looking if you have a strong suspicion and really want to know.

If you do explore, you can take a small sample to see if it is a dangerous mold or something you chose to live with.

Old 11-29-05, 06:32 PM
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In order to really know, you have to cut a portion of the drywall to see the other side. I would suggest using a hole saw down near the bottom of the wall. If it turns out that nothing is there, you can use the cut portion as part of your patch.

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