There’s many places in a home we use for storing items, and sometimes when those items aren’t regularly used, they’re forgotten about completely. It’s always good to remember that the perimeter walls in any portion of your home should be visible to some extent so potential problems can be visible prior to them becoming major ones, like this small storage space. It was used to pack away stored items which are rarely used, if ever. Upon looking for something the owner opened the door and noticed a very strong smell before pulling out one of the boxes and seeing the growth. She admitted to never going into that closet for many years but did remember a leak that wet the drywall some time ago. Now almost all of us have sections of our home that are rarely used, but remember, every room needs to occasional check once in a while. This closet had to be completely demoed, as did some surrounding walls and then rebuilt because the initial water loss wasn’t properly taken care of and the boxes which were crammed in didn’t make it possible to see any underlying issues. When you make a checklist for spring and winter, be sure to add storage closets to your items.