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Old 07-06-2007, 02:47 PM   #1
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Moldy smell...how to locate?


I am not sure what to do next.

I have one bedroom in the house that has a very musty/moldy smell. The smell usually occurs when it is damp or humid. I thouht it was the carpet, so we recently replaced that. The smell is still there. I drilled some hole in the drywall (an exterior wall) to try and pinpoint the area. I have isolated the smell between two studs. The baseplate there was dry with no water stains or visible mold. The insulation is also dry with no visible water stains or mold.

There are no windows in this area, no plumbing nearby, and no vents on the roof in this area. I also checked in the attic and saw no signs of leakeage.

I picked up a mold test kit from HD and tried it. After 48 hours it has several nice white puffy mold globs growing in it.

My wife is driving me nuts to fix this, but I don't know what to do next.
Any suggestions?

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Old 07-06-2007, 04:47 PM   #2
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If you are able to isolate the smell between two studs... you can just open up the drywall between the two studs to take a look.... but I wonder how can you isolated the smell between two studs? by human nose only... that will be not very reliable I assume.... there must be some testing equipment for moisture .... I totally understand your wife issue's as I had similar experience whenever there is mouse/rabit anywhere around the house... it is kind of the end of the world in their mind...

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If you isolated the smell between 2 studs, then I would say that you have a problem inside the wall. Tear out a bigger piece of drywall so that you can have a look inside. I have a feeling that you may have to tear down the whole wall and go from there. If you had a moisture meter, you could do a less invasive check, especially after a rain.
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Steps to take:

1.) Purchase a moisture meter. Amazon has alot of inexpensive ones.

2.) Use it to go around and check your walls, floors, baseboards, and other areas for moisture readings.

3.) You may find that you will have to do this anyways: GUT the wall area that you have pinpointed to find out what is going on. Essentially, that is what we end up having to do in moisture and mold situations.





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