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          Q. We are owners of a condominium which about 3 weeks ago was subjected to a flood of water from an overflowing toilet in the suite above ours.  The owners couldn't figure out how to get the toilet to stop, so it kept flooding for quite a few minutes.  Water poured down through several routes: our smoke detector, inside a wall from where it then flowed out to both on top of and (apparently) underneath our newly installed "wood" laminate floor, and through the vent in our bathroom. The restoration company that was called in by the condo mgt. said everything looked OK and saw no reason to do any restoration work.  However, subsequently, we have been noticing an extremely noxious sour odor that seems to be getting worse each day.  We also haven't been feeling very well - very achy and tired - and are wondering if there is a hidden mold problem that could be, at the least, causing the bad odor and, at the worst, making us sick.  As there is no visible sign of mold anywhere, we are wondering if there is a way to test for mold without having to actually tear out drywall?  Also, do you have any other recommendations? [March 20, 2004]
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One way to detect hidden mold growth inside walls and ceilings is to turn off the appropriate electrical circuit breaker, and then remove the plastic electrical switch and outlet cover plates. Using a small fan that has been thoroughly cleaned [blades and housing] with rubbing alcohol, tape one of our opened do it yourself mold test kits to the fan so that the fan air flow directly impacts on the sticky surface of the mold test kit. Then place a stand of some kind to hold the fan in place for 15 minutes to draw air from the gaps around the uncovered electrical outlets and switches. You want to line up the mold test kit directly with the outlet gaps so that the fan draws air from inside the wall and then directly impacts that air on the mold test kit. Then seal the mold test kit, and properly mark it as to testing location, your name, property address, date of testing, and testing method [fan air test]. You can watch for mold growth over a 7 day time period in the mold test kit, or send the kit to a lab for mold laboratory analysis right away or after the 7 days. You would use a separate mold test kit for each hole that you are drawing air out of. You need to clean the fan blades and housing after every separate test location is completed. You can do the same procedure to test ceilings, by disconnecting the screws holding up the ceiling light [letting it hang by the electrical wires].  In addition, you will also want to mold test the air of each room, attic, basement, crawl space, and the outward air flow from each heating/cooling duct register for the possible presence of elevated levels of airborne mold spores, in comparison to an outdoor mold control test. Use do it yourself mold test kits available from a large hardware, home improvement, or safety store.  As to the flooring, and likely, mold growth beneath, you need to drill several well-spaced testing holes into the flooring in several areas to conduct multiple location fan tests. You should also visit Mold Inspection for additional mold investigation suggestions.  

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