Apartment issues (continued...)
August 16, 2010 6:56 AM Subscribe
I think my new apartment has a moisture and possibly a mold problem...what steps should I take?
posted by pilibeen to home & garden (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
My new apartment has a musty/damp smell which just won't go away. At first I thought it was just lingering from the last tenant...but after employing air fresheners and odor neutralizers for several weeks I'm thinking it's here to stay.
There is a wall in my living area which is set into an embankment (if I look out the window on that side of the apartment, I'm level with the neighbors flower beds. Last night I was leaning on the wall while vacuuming, and my hand sank clear through the wall. It happened again this morning while I was leaning on the wall reaching for something under the bed. The wall has clearly been patched in the past, and when I press around the soft spots I can literally flex entire segments.
It seems like the wall is made of really crumbly, soft drywall - though I could be wrong there. Behind the wall is just a small gap then the stone exterior wall.
I contacted the landlord and expressed an interest in getting out of the lease (this is the most recent in a string of issues: roaches, plumbing, general filth). He said he'll send his maintenance guy out to have a look, who I've met and is completely incompetent.
What other steps should I take? Could I contact someone from the health dept. to do an inspection? Also, is there someone I could get in touch with to make sure everything is up to code?