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Apartment hunting with a mold allergy (Chicago)

I have a rather serious mold allergy. How should I go about finding a mold-free (or almost mold-free) apartment in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by randomname25 on Sep 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Just how bad is this water damage?

Just how bad is this water damage a roofing contractor caused to my house? And what should I do about it? [more inside]
posted by BlueJae on Sep 8, 2012 - 4 answers

I suspect there is hidden mold in my new apartment. What now?

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. [more inside]
posted by randomname25 on Aug 31, 2012 - 16 answers

Do I need a mold specialist, a window guy, a general contractor, or all three?

I have to replace a rotted out bathroom window by the shower, but I'm pretty confident that there's a bad mold problem in the shower wall beneath the window. Who should the first call be made to to resolve this? [more inside]
posted by Slack-a-gogo on Aug 7, 2012 - 5 answers

Is my landlord right about air circulation & mold prevention?

Landlord is very insistent that if we don't open our bathroom window a particular way, the air will not circulate and the mold will take over and also there will be doom. Does he know what he's talking about? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Jul 23, 2012 - 24 answers

How to thoroughly remove mold from a fridge?

My fridge smells strongly of mold, even after removing the offending produce, visible mold, and giving it a cursory wipedown. Where is the rest of it hiding? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Jul 15, 2012 - 15 answers

How can I get rid of mold on my bonsai?

What can I do about mold on the soil of my plum bonsai? Do I need to worry about it? [more inside]
posted by 23 on Apr 27, 2012 - 4 answers

How to pay for mold clean up for low income family?

Have a serious mold problem. Do mold removal companies do payment plans? What guidelines does the government follow to declare a home too hazardous to live in? [more inside]
posted by previously on Feb 6, 2012 - 12 answers

Where's the water coming from?

How to identify, fix, and clean up after a water leak without destroying my walls and ceilings (any more than I have to)? [more inside]
posted by zvs on Feb 5, 2012 - 8 answers

Lease Termination/Medical Question

If I sign an agreement of early lease termination, am I barred from being able to seek further legal action against the landlord for medical issues my 20-month old daughter might encounter as a result of our living there? [more inside]
posted by Debaser626 on Feb 2, 2012 - 6 answers

Mold? Mildew? Fungus? Pod Person?

Name That Infestation-Filter! What's growing on my in-laws' wall? [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Jan 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Eww, mold/mildew in my shoes! Please help!

Ewww, my summer sandals (technically a water shoe) have visible mildew or mold in them! Help me fix this. Plus, now I'm paranoid about all my shoes and I physically can't smell. Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla on Jan 17, 2012 - 9 answers

I accidentally ate mold..now what?

Is there something I can take to prevent poisoning, or should I just let my body do its thing? [more inside]
posted by hellameangirl on Jan 2, 2012 - 18 answers

There is moldcheese in my drip pan and I don't know what to do.

The drip pan of my friend's fridge is infested with mold, and it's nonremovable, too. How should he clean this in the quickest manner possible? [more inside]
posted by zhi on Dec 30, 2011 - 18 answers

How to get mold out of neoprene?

Please help, hive mind! I left a banana in my neoprene lunch bag and it got really moldy on the bottom. The mold didn't go through the whole bag, but it's ugly and polka dotted on the inside. It's a "Built" brand bag, made of neoprene, if that makes a difference. I ran it through a (cold) wash cycle once, and it didn't do a darn thing. I'd hate to ruin the bag with bleach, but I'm not sure what else to do. Does color safe bleach get rid of mold?
posted by luciddream928 on Nov 19, 2011 - 8 answers

The Thing from Under the Baseboard.

Does anyone have any idea what the hell this is? I found it growing in my apartment. [more inside]
posted by Nyarlathotep on Nov 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Is this stuff on my book mold?

Is this stuff on the edge of this used book mold? [more inside]
posted by raf on Oct 28, 2011 - 12 answers

Should we get a dehumidifier or do something else?

Is a dehumidifier the right solution for my problem? What else should we be considering? [more inside]
posted by linettasky on Oct 26, 2011 - 5 answers

What should I expect from mold remediation?

Tell me about getting mold cleaned from inside a wall. I am freaking out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2011 - 6 answers

Mold control in a dry basement?

Mold control in a dry basement? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Oct 3, 2011 - 4 answers

It's not all in my head!

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. [more inside]
posted by Dilemma on Sep 28, 2011 - 7 answers

Keeping Things Low and Dry

Once we get rid of all the mold, what's the best way to moisture-proof our crawlspace? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Sep 18, 2011 - 2 answers

How do I purge the basement of doom?

My house has an unfinished basement. It's a terrible mess and causing enough problems for my husband's allergies (we think) that it's not even usable right now. What can we do to get it straightened out? [more inside]
posted by ashirys on Sep 5, 2011 - 14 answers

Mold on litter box in basement

After returning from a month away, we discovered green mold (or something resembling mold) growing on and around the cat's litter box in our basement. I have removed the litter box and anything else covered in the green stuff, and I started running a dehumidifier in the basement. What steps should I take to ensure that I eradicate the stuff and that my family (including a baby and the cat) remain safe?
posted by billtron on Aug 27, 2011 - 11 answers

Please help me get apartment management to actually fix my leak & mold ... now, not two weeks from now

Discovered a leak last night in the closet of my apartment (yeah, the same one I wrote about before). The carpet is damp, and there is some mold. Stopped by the management office twice today to ensure it gets taken care of ASAP, but am not feeling super-confident that anything will happen anytime soon. Can you sanity-check my intended next step, or suggest additional actions I should take? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt on Aug 20, 2011 - 10 answers

Kingdom of Fungi

Kingdom of Fungi. Do people who live in the Pacific Northwest have more yeast infections, mold in their houses, and mushrooms in their woods?
posted by MidSouthern Mouth on Aug 13, 2011 - 16 answers

40 lbs of Juicy Fruit Stink

I recently bought an enormous jackfruit (40lb) which needs a few days of ripening (the price was right). It has a few small mold spots. What can I do to slow down the mold while it's ripening so it doesn't go bad, while still leaving it edible? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Jul 11, 2011 - 9 answers

What should I do with my old stamp collection?

About 20 years ago, I amassed a small stamp collection. Probably a few hundred stamps, maybe half unused, half canceled. I totally lost track of them until my mom recently mailed them to me. I don't really want to keep them. There appears to be some evidence of mold damage. What should I do with them? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Jun 16, 2011 - 12 answers

Gross black stuff on the ceiling.

I'm afraid there is mold on the ceiling of the dorm room I'm staying in for the next 3.5 weeks. [more inside]
posted by cp311 on Jun 4, 2011 - 18 answers

Forced to redecorate the bedroom. Halp!

So. This renovation just keeps getting worse. Now the bedroom is involved. Help me brainstorm new flooring, wall color, and keep me sane. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Apr 26, 2011 - 8 answers

WTF is living on our house?

Is this mould? We're stripping down our bedroom to redecorate. We've found these yellow blobby stains on bare unpainted plasterboard (drywall for Americans) behind the old fitted wardrobe. [more inside]
posted by tweemy on Apr 12, 2011 - 11 answers

Allergies and Asthma suck

Please help me deal with my newly diagnosed Asthma and allergies. I know you are not my allergist. [more inside]
posted by dmbfan93 on Apr 11, 2011 - 25 answers

Choosing a mold remediation contractor

What questions should we ask while taking estimates from mold remediation specialists? [more inside]
posted by Orinda on Mar 28, 2011 - 2 answers

Periodic symptoms

Every 3-4 months I get a scratchy throat, swollen tonsils, and mild postnasal drip which lasts about five days. Is this possibly due to mold in my damp, poorly ventilated apartment? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Mar 28, 2011 - 11 answers

You killed the yellow mold!

My new house appears to be taking "it never rains but it pours" just a wee bit too seriously. Runoff from lots of melting snow + ancient sump pump = kaput sump pump and flooded basement. And, of course, mold. Because there's too much for me to handle, plus drywall that clearly needs to be yanked, I'm starting to ask for estimates from pros. But what should I ask them? Major red flags (hard sells, etc.)? Any advice appreciated.
posted by thomas j wise on Feb 21, 2011 - 3 answers

How serious is salmonella, really?

How flexible are y'all with expiration dates on food? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Feb 14, 2011 - 32 answers

Not exactly the menage-a-trois we were hoping for

Mold or mildew have gotten into bed with us. Is the furniture doomed? [more inside]
posted by armoir from antproof case on Jan 10, 2011 - 15 answers

How should we go about removing mold in apartment?

Moldy is fine in my hockey bag, but not in my apartment. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by astapasta24 on Jan 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Back Alley Bike Lamp?

How can I make a clear plastic cast of a bicycle? [more inside]
posted by Acari on Dec 14, 2010 - 12 answers

"I want to talk to management to ... um ... "

Please help me achieve more than arm-waving and general grarring when I talk to my apartment management company tomorrow (or, should I even bother talking to them?). [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt on Dec 10, 2010 - 6 answers

Fix moldy/stained wood counter top?

Did I just ruin my kitchen wood block counter top thanks to moisture/mold/poor use of cleaning products? [more inside]
posted by gwint on Dec 6, 2010 - 12 answers

What are these brown spots on my improved meyer lemon tree?

What are these brown spots on my improved meyer lemon tree? [more inside]
posted by stranger danger on Nov 17, 2010 - 2 answers

Is this mold?

I think I discovered mold on the carpet underneath my luggage while packing. How should I handle this with my landlord? [more inside]
posted by fallsauce on Nov 13, 2010 - 4 answers

How to interpret mold results?

Help! New home may have mold - technical details enclosed. [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Nov 13, 2010 - 4 answers

How do you get jobs or work as a contractor for insurance companies?

How do you work as a sub contractor for insurance companies? [more inside]
posted by rwmacy on Oct 12, 2010 - 1 answer

Water issue in garage: who do I call?

Who do I call to investigate the source of and a solution for a water problem in my garage? Is this a big problem or a small one? [more inside]
posted by grayber on Oct 4, 2010 - 5 answers

Is there mold on my bed?

What is happening to my wooden bed frame? Is it mold? Photo inside. [more inside]
posted by just.good.enough on Sep 25, 2010 - 3 answers

Would it work to use a room-air purifier to remove mold odor in a room?

We moved into a fairly new apartment. One of the rooms had window & floor water damage (probably due to a window left open by some prior tenant), which has been repaired by management as best as they could, but there is still a mold odor that isn't going away. We're pursuing more repairs, but meanwhile, I'm trying to research other options. I'm specifically wondering if can anyone tell us if they have experience with using room-air cleaners such as this Airfree system or something by IQAir. Would one of the devices stand a chance to remove the smell of mold in the room? (And if the answer is yes, do you have experience with a particular unit being better than another?)
posted by StrawberryPie on Sep 12, 2010 - 6 answers

Cat food + leaky trunk = mold nightmare

Mold in my car's trunk, very very nasty. I have a water leak, spilled some cat food in the trunk, and we had some very heavy rains recently. I've started cleaning it but want to know what's best to disinfect it, and whether I need to rip out the carpet. [more inside]
posted by marble on Sep 12, 2010 - 9 answers

White foam on my wall. Is it mold?

A month ago or so a bit of water made it into a corner in my carpeted basement floor and subsequently dried. Now, in that same area, it looks like someone sprayed some white shaving cream on the bottom of the wall. Is this mold (I assume yes)? If so, what's the best way to treat it? If not, what the heck is it?
posted by evadery on Sep 4, 2010 - 4 answers

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