I moved into my husband's apartment about a year ago when we got married. Since then, I've developed asthma. I know it's due to mold. There is a mold problem in the apartment. I've found it growing in the air conditioning closet, under the cabinets, in the bathrooms, and under the carpet. Although I've cleaned it up as much as I could, there's no way to entirely get rid of the mold. They won't replace the carpet until we move out. The mold I found in the cabinets was black and slimy, and it was growing in a puddle of water. I'm worried it's the deadly kind of black mold. I clean it up, and it comes back.
We can't move. There are no apartments available anywhere since this hurricane we just had wiped out many people's homes. We've bought a lot, but it will be a year so so before we will be able to build. I don't have a job right now, and I spend a lot of time at home. I am worried that even though I am on medication for asthma, there might be permanent damage being done. I don't know what kind of damage this black mold could be doing to me! I've never had asthma in my life, and I've also been getting dizzy spells and colds, which I never seemed to get before. I told the apartment manager about the problem. She's getting some people out to clean out the AC ducts but I think the problem is more widespread than just that.
Does anybody know anything about mold, and what it could do? Also, any suggestions on how to reduce the problem while I have to live with it for the next year?
Oh man I've got the same problems--but my mold is the kind that grows in the walls like that but from what i've seen it isn't black and slimy---when you go under the sink for pots or pans, do you smell an AWFUL odor? I do at my house-this is an OLD house but at the moment we can't afford to move. Hopeflly i've only got 1 more year in the house but I dread every day! I don't have ashtma, I have sinuses really bad and get about 4-5 sinus infections a year!! I had always had allergies bad, but my sinuses were never in such bad shape tillI moved here! Anyway, I wish someone else had good mold combatting tips for us because I am at my wits end as well!
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It is your landlord's responsibility to make repairs your apartment. There is obviously some kind of leak, if you found mold growing in a puddle of water. I would get the apartment manager to come to your apartment and show him the problem. Perhaps seeing it will make her realize how bad the problem is. Right now, she is probably not thinking it as a big deal. You should also request an enviornmental cleaning company to clean up the mold. Most likely this is all the needs to be done (besides fixing the leak and replacing the carpet). If I were you, I would start making these requests in writing and sending them by certified mail. This way they can't ignore you, and the fact you are leaving a paper trail will make them think that perhaps you are thinking about contacting a lawyer. Many states now have laws concerning mold and black mold, so you might be able to take legal action. But that is the last thing your apartment manager wants, so they will most likely fix it.
I would not panic and assume you have "black mold" as it is actually very rare. But any mold is bad for allergies and asthma as you know. So it needs to be eliminated.
Jane Paulie just did a show last week on black mold. A young couple purchased a home from an older gentleman that new the mold was there and tried to conceal it. It showed a hazmat team going into the house to clean up the mold. It can be really deadly and the young couple developed nuerological problems and upper respiratory problems. Check out Jane Paulie...She must have a website about her new show. I would call environmental people to come in and check it out.