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condoowner 02-04-2013 08:21 PM

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I went to the uncle's place yesterday and we opened a few walls... I took some pics. AFAIK, there are some minor signs of mold in the garage (against an outside wall he used to pile crap against for 15 years +) and *maybe* underneath the plywood floor in the basement. He is insisting for the mold scenario. Whatever is going on in that house, its either all imaginary (I stayed all day yesterday and did not feel anything nor I showed symptoms of any kind) and I have asthma and allergies or its serious and I am an exception... Again, I am no expert in mold so I am not sure. I highly recommended to contact an expert to inspect and test the house if he is so convinced that there is mold crawling in the walls...

I am not convinced but maybe I am wrong...

On the other side, neighbors have confirmed RH levels below 25% in their house, and apparently as low as 10% in their garages... I too doubt but I believe it may be in the 20-35% zone.

First picture shows a chunk of the garage wall we opened just by a stud. The stud appears to be fairly well preserved and the drywall we removed showed slight traces of past water leakage or humidity but no black mold. (THe white stuff behind the gray baseboard are styrofoam particles from opening the wall)

The second picture shows a closer view of the opening. I myself cannot see anything harmful. Can you?

Third pic shows is the interesting one.. (NOTE its upside down for whatever reason)... Its looking underneath a basement wall (the baseboard is on the upper portion of the picture). YOu can see the concrete fromt he foundations is somehow blackened. Is it mold? I also noticed on the baseboard some small traces of mold as well (the black spots). When we opened the floor to look under it, I made the mistake of sticking my face in the hole and smelling... I kinda had a musky / old basement odor coming to my nose but nothing else...

Anyways, if anyone has something to do, Im all hearing!


condoowner 02-04-2013 08:21 PM

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I went to the uncle's place yesterday and we opened a few walls... I took some pics. AFAIK, there are some minor signs of mold in the garage (against an outside wall he used to pile crap against for 15 years +) and *maybe* underneath the plywood floor in the basement. He is insisting for the mold scenario. Whatever is going on in that house, its either all imaginary (I stayed all day yesterday and did not feel anything nor I showed symptoms of any kind) and I have asthma and allergies or its serious and I am an exception... Again, I am no expert in mold so I am not sure. I highly recommended to contact an expert to inspect and test the house if he is so convinced that there is mold crawling in the walls...

I am not convinced but maybe I am wrong...

On the other side, neighbors have confirmed RH levels below 25% in their house, and apparently as low as 10% in their garages... I too doubt but I believe it may be in the 20-35% zone.

First picture shows a chunk of the garage wall we opened just by a stud. The stud appears to be fairly well preserved and the drywall we removed showed slight traces of past water leakage or humidity but no black mold. (THe white stuff behind the gray baseboard are styrofoam particles from opening the wall)

The second picture shows a closer view of the opening. I myself cannot see anything harmful. Can you?

Third pic shows is the interesting one.. (NOTE its upside down for whatever reason)... Its looking underneath a basement wall (the baseboard is on the upper portion of the picture). YOu can see the concrete fromt he foundations is somehow blackened. Is it mold? I also noticed on the baseboard some small traces of mold as well (the black spots). When we opened the floor to look under it, I made the mistake of sticking my face in the hole and smelling... I kinda had a musky / old basement odor coming to my nose but nothing else...

Anyways, if anyone has something to do, Im all hearing!


condoowner 02-04-2013 08:21 PM

3 Attachment(s)

I went to the uncle's place yesterday and we opened a few walls... I took some pics. AFAIK, there are some minor signs of mold in the garage (against an outside wall he used to pile crap against for 15 years +) and *maybe* underneath the plywood floor in the basement. He is insisting for the mold scenario. Whatever is going on in that house, its either all imaginary (I stayed all day yesterday and did not feel anything nor I showed symptoms of any kind) and I have asthma and allergies or its serious and I am an exception... Again, I am no expert in mold so I am not sure. I highly recommended to contact an expert to inspect and test the house if he is so convinced that there is mold crawling in the walls...

I am not convinced but maybe I am wrong...

On the other side, neighbors have confirmed RH levels below 25% in their house, and apparently as low as 10% in their garages... I too doubt but I believe it may be in the 20-35% zone.

First picture shows a chunk of the garage wall we opened just by a stud. The stud appears to be fairly well preserved and the drywall we removed showed slight traces of past water leakage or humidity but no black mold. (THe white stuff behind the gray baseboard are styrofoam particles from opening the wall)

The second picture shows a closer view of the opening. I myself cannot see anything harmful. Can you?

Third pic shows is the interesting one.. (NOTE its upside down for whatever reason)... Its looking underneath a basement wall (the baseboard is on the upper portion of the picture). YOu can see the concrete fromt he foundations is somehow blackened. Is it mold? I also noticed on the baseboard some small traces of mold as well (the black spots). When we opened the floor to look under it, I made the mistake of sticking my face in the hole and smelling... I kinda had a musky / old basement odor coming to my nose but nothing else...

Anyways, if anyone has something to do, Im all hearing!



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