Mold Hypothesis Testing in Buildings
Testing is sometimes useful to confirm suspicions gained from direct inspection.
Guess the answer
- Form a cause/effect hypothesis: What is your best guess explanation for the moisture/mold problem? (moisture sources? pathways? driving forces?)
- Do not form a hypothesis including health effects unless you have the expertise.
- Decide what experiments and tests might confirm or deny the hypothesis.
- Explain how any test results are consistent or inconsistent with the hypothesis.
- Surface molds (not wood rot) become airborne and affect our health.
- The wettest conditions may grow worse types (but we worry about them all).
- Some types grow mostly outdoors; their spores come indoors.
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