How Can I Check for Mold in Ceiling?

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Q: We recently got a leak in our ceiling around the chimney and have started smelling mold so we are working on getting a new roof. We will be hiring pros to fix our roof and remove the unused chimney above the roof line. Is there is any way for us to check the extent of water damage and mold spread before we have contractors come out to give us estimates?
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We will talk to the contractors about the problems before accepting a bid, but I would prefer it not turn out to be more than we expected or than the contractor can handle in the middle of the job. We do not have an attic. We have a crawl space that follows above the hallway of our L-shaped house. All rooms have vaulted ceilings that follow the roof line and have no attic space above them.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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