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JoAnne in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

HI my name is JoAnne. I just recently found a whole lot of mold in my basement covering all over my belongings table, chairs, baby items, desk, floor. I am so concerned because I have 3 little kids 8,3, and 6 1/2 months. I can not live like this for my kids health and I noticed my baby has been very congested for over a month no running nose just hard to breath and our bedroom is over the basement. I really need the help badly. We don’t have the money to fix the problem and we can not afford to move please help me I am at my breaking point I do not want my family living in this house with this problem and having serious medical problems thank you for letting me share my story.

Questions:

Can the mold creep up to the main living area from the basement? How do I tell if I have mold throughout the whole house?

Brian in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania

Hello. We just bought a home and in three weeks there was mold all around half the basement walls up to 2 foot up the walls!  The disclosure says “No” under the questions about wetness in the basement. The inspector didn’t catch any problems with it down there and the loan inspector didn’t catch it either.

When I called the realtor to take him up on the “give me a call if you guys need any help” he came over and told me what to fix and said to go to diy websites…”your a smart guy , you can do it”. Well had a wet basement company in today. $17000 and I have to rip out all the outside walls as well as a finished bathroom.

And to make this even more horrible I have been having splitting headaches and fatigue, sinus problem and nausea.  So I’m going to have to make myself sicker trying to get out the moldy stuff so that the rest of my family doesn’t get sick!

I can’t seem to get any help. Everyone wants money to help. My wife supports us because I’m on disability , so we are between a rock and a hard place. It’s a shame you can get help for a lemon car but buy a much more expensive house and it seems like no one can help, or won’t help unless it gets them money! There should be legal penalties for lying on disclosures.