We had mold testing done at our 1920s vintage house in Western Massachusetts in the past month. Results showed very low levels throughout, from our basement to the third floor. The tester was somewhat helpful and mentioned defogging in the basement. He stressed the importance of mold testing the exterior areas surrounding the house, which he did. He did say that mold transports into the house via open windows, normal air movement, etc. leaving us with the feeling of attempting to solve some sort of tricky riddle. We do have a few very good air purifiers, at least one per floor, a humidistat, air purifier and dehumidifiers in our dry, by New England standards, basement. We will attempt to empty the basement this Summer, clean contents as best we can with appropriate cleaners, wash the basement, get rid of all that is “past due”, ie. Junk, a debatable topic, not unlike politics these days, on and on. I suggested we burn the house down, move to Snowflake, AZ., build an air sealed aluminum sheathed house, enjoy the dry air.
All kidding aside, we plan to call in another mold person, pay for a consult to review the test results , formulate a plan based on the various thoughts of both mold advisors. In our case, it appears that the air purifiers, dehumidifiers and basement cleanup may address the issue. My reoccurring thoughts are how does one fight the tide, so to speak, at least in New England, with the rain, humidity, trees, and foliage? I will post more as we learn more.
I hope all of this is of some use, I too would love to hear more on the topic.
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