I suspect there is hidden mold in my new apartment. What now?
August 31, 2012 6:10 PM Subscribe
I suspect there is hidden mold in my new apartment. How do I know for sure, and what do I do to remove it/get the manager to remove it? I'm allergic so letting it be is not an option.
posted by randomname25 to Home & Garden (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I just leased an apartment. It looked fine when I saw it except for some mold in the bathroom. The building manager agreed that this was unacceptable and agreed to "paint" before I moved in. I was an idiot and I guess I just assumed this meant that he get the mold removed and then have it painted.
In any case, I think there's probably painted-over mold in other places, because after 15 minutes in the place I start sneezing like crazy and my throat itches. Or maybe it's under the carpet. I have barely moved any stuff in at all at this point and my lease formally kicks in tomorrow.
If the problem's really bad, I assume the carpet will need to be removed and/or the walls will need to be stripped. If it's not, maybe just wiping stuff down with Lysol or vinegar and/or steam-cleaning the carpet would work. But how do I assess the problem, or determine if it's actually another allergen that's bugging me?
And is this the landlord's responsibility? I signed off on the apartment as being OK aside from the bathroom being "unpainted" because I wasn't in there long enough seeing it for my allergic reaction to kick in. What are my next steps?