Suspicion of hidden mold
Mold growing on the back side of wallpaper.
You may suspect hidden mold if a building
smells moldy, but you cannot see the source, or if you know there has been water damage and residents are reporting health
problems. Mold may be hidden in places such as the back side of dry wall, wallpaper, or paneling, the top side of ceiling
tiles, the underside of carpets and pads, etc. Other possible locations of hidden mold include areas inside walls around
pipes (with leaking or condensing pipes), the surface of walls behind furniture (where condensation forms), inside ductwork,
and in roof materials above ceiling tiles (due to roof leaks or insufficient insulation).
Investigating hidden mold
Investigating hidden mold problems may be difficult and will require caution when the investigation involves
disturbing potential sites of mold growth. For example, removal of wallpaper can lead to a massive release of spores if there
is mold growing on the underside of the paper. If you believe that you may have a hidden mold problem, consider hiring an