Re: is mold the culprit
You are welcome spoonse, if I am of a help I am glad for it.
One method of testing is to use mold plates which are petri dishes with a growing medium in them which mold spore is attracted to. <removed> I pay $2.50 for the dish itself and $10. for the lab to i.d. one dish. You strategicaslly place them in areas where you asre likely to have mold spores congregate such as along walls, in the roof area, etc where there ahve been leaks, in crawl spaces where water has collected, near areas where there are slow drains, leaking or wet retaining walls. For any fibers or padded furniture -- which is a specific technique -- you thump furniture very hard to release spores into the air and then turn over the dish on the spot you thumped for 1 hour and follow directions for sealing, etc. For all areas (other than furniture) you expose dish upright, leave uncovered for exactly one hour, then cover, seal and send to a lab for identification. The number of colonies (or spots where each mold begins to grow) gives you the count and the experts can i.d. the type of mold usually by looking at it. There is mold everywhere, so you will have some grow probably. It's the type and how high a concentration of mold spore that need concern you.
I hear it's better to warm the area up first as mold likes it where there is dark, lack of air flow and where its warmer rather than colder. That it's better to err on the side of overkill rather than to under do it, so plate several areas inside the structure and be sure to mark each plate as to exact location so you know where the problem is!
let me know how it goes.
I pray you will have more good days than bad, that you will heal and that your home becomes your sanctuary again...
Last edited by mod-anon; 12-24-2007 at 12:10 PM.
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