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Asked on Apr 15, 2019

How to get my house tested for mold?

John WardLinda SikutNaomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CA


I'm in the process of replacing all the carpet in the house with tile and hard wood flooring due to allergies. When the tile guy was putting the tile down in the pantry he expressed that the pantry smelled like mold. Looking at the ceiling in the pantry and all over the ceiling downstairs, there's no signs of discoloration. How do I get my house tested for mold to be sure we have good air quality in my home?

5 answers
  • Kathy Gunter Law
    on Apr 15, 2019

    You can purchase a test kit. Also, you might try placing a few damp rid products and see if it removes a lot of moisture. If so, that might be an indication of mold or just excess moisture which can produce a damp smell.

  • JB
    on Apr 15, 2019


  • Have a consult with a mold remediation specialist. Flip through the yellow pages or Google.

  • Linda Sikut
    on Apr 15, 2019

    Hi JB,

    My first thought would be to take everything out of the pantry and look for mold. Leave the door open to let it thoroughly dry out because it might just be damp. Of course, you can also use Damp Rid after cleaning it out as mentioned by Kathy. It's possible that something leaked in your pantry and it just needs to be cleaned up with vinegar and water to kill any spores which might be there. Wishing you the best.

    • JB
      on Apr 17, 2019

      Thank you Linda, I will take everything out and see if anything appears by Sunday.

  • John Ward
    on Apr 18, 2019

    If the smell of mold still persists you should definitely try to contact mold professionals to do the inspection and air quality testing. Mold smell is the first sign of mold existence: more information here.

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