I am concerned that there is mold behind the drywall in my cathedral ceiling. How do I address it?

Asked by c. jason
Chevy Chase, MD

I think the leak has been fixed but my ceiling is damaged and I am afraid to fix it because there may be mold behind the drywall. Do I need to tear down the whole ceiling? Or is there another way to figure out if there is mold behind the drywall.  


Karen Smuland

Answered by Karen Smuland

Bend, OR

Karen Smuland Architect

October 14, 2011

Companies that specialize in flood/fire remediation use moisture meters to determine locations of moisture content that can help pinpoint the problem.

Once located, you can open a small area of the ceiling to investigate.

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