Is that Jackson Pollock? Nope! It's mold!
September 23, 2013 11:37 PM Subscribe
Is it possible my moldy unit pushing my already run-down self over the edge?
How much mold is too much? For how long?
posted by jrobin276 to health & fitness (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
There’s mold on our bedroom and living room ceilings (and light fixtures), and when I cleaned and painted our bedroom there was mold under the last few coats of paint (which peeled right off in spots, sometimes right to the plaster – the plaster is also separating from the drywall in spots). There is also mold on the ceiling and walls of our entryway, and the ceiling of the spare room responds like a marshmallow when you touch it. The mold in our bedroom covers about 25% of the ceiling, and in the living room there’s maybe a dozen or so patches the size of my hand (6” in diameter, approx). It is speckled, like Jackson Pollock had a go with black ink or black watercolour paint; it’s not fuzzy. It does not seem to be getting obviously worse now that spring’s come – but it’s not disappearing either. We initially tried to clean with mould killer, but it came *right* back with a vengeance (we immediately contacted the landlord). We have had other issues (electrical) with this (older) house. So far there is no mold on our belongings. We moved in in March, and by June had photographed ‘ongoing’ mold problems and started emailing the real estate agent who manages the property. He eventually came out and admitted it couldn’t possibly be our fault and that there might be a roof leak; said he’d send someone out and we haven’t heard anything since despite repeated emails etc…
We lodged with the Tenancy tribunal to get a repair court-ordered, but we didn’t get the court date notice and they dismissed our case (ugh) when nobody showed up; they’ve said we likely have grounds to terminate, which would put the onus on them to prove the place was in perfect condition when we moved in (ROTFL) if they wanted to seek any compensation from us. (We’re in Sydney.) Right now we’re sort of the mindset of just waiting until our lease is up or almost up (March 2014), but I’m getting increasingly weary.
Husband has asthma and was wheezy, but it’s been better since I scrubbed, primed, and painted the bedroom walls (with permission).
I was visiting my family overseas for July, but have felt increasingly crummy since I got home – seems like maybe some hormone fluctuations (thanks PCOS), combined with known iron deficiency anaemia and ‘generally being run down’ (lingering cold, yeast infection, tired all the time). I’ve seen a therapist (who agrees that I seem run down more than depressed - I’ve been super moody, too – but hey, life is a lot when you’re fatigued all the time!), and have a doctor’s appointment in a few weeks. Obviously, I will mention the mold to her and see what she says. (Weeks when you’re fatigued feel like forever.)
Just trying to get a feel for:
• if/when/how urgently we should bail and terminate + move and
• whether or not I’m being melodramatic about this