It's not all in my head!
September 28, 2011 9:46 PM Subscribe
There is a mold or mildew problem under the kitchen sink in my new apartment. My allergies are a curse that cause me to detect smells that normal people can't, and my landlord can't smell it and thinks I might be crazy.
posted by Dilemma to Home & Garden (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
When I moved in, I discovered that the kitchen sink had a leak down below, and the previous tenants had stuck a plastic container under there and let it pool with nasty water rather than informing the landlord. When I informed him of the leak, the landlord got a plumber to come fix it. After that I proceeded to spray the living hell out of the inside of the cabinet with diluted bleach, then a couple of days later vinegar, then a couple of days later Lysol, followed with hours of a space heater directed into the cabinet. Each time the smell would almost completely go away, then it would come right back a couple of days later. I've taken to avoiding the kitchen and never opening the cabinet doors, but I'm having bad allergies. The smell is extremely strong to me, but non-allergic people can't detect it, which means that when my landlord came in to inspect it, he couldn't see or smell anything. He's trying to help me, but I think he's starting to think I'm imagining it, and he seems to be at a loss for what to do. I suspect that the leak probably got into the wood of the cabinet or down under the cabinet, and that it needs to be torn out and replaced. What can I do/how can I prove that there's a problem, and not just with my head?