Alrlight, hi, thank you for your help in advance:) I have two questions, different spots in a rented home, so sorta unrelatedd.. Here’s the background info:
There is a sheet of drywall in my basement covered with black mold. I had public health here last week and they told me it needed to be removed, so I advised my landlord. He had his own maintenance man come in who told me that mold in drywall is safe, causes so spores and is just natural decomposition of the drywall. He said you could remove it, but it’s really nothing. Is that true?!!
Also, I’ve heard that if it is contained it is of no concern; like inside the wall, under the shower walls.. Well there was a flood here, before I moved in, in the apt above mine, directly above mine and my 3yr old daughter’s bedrooms. I can see the water damage has been painted over, and since the basement and garage were filled with garbage when I moved in (broken building supplies, rotting food, dirty carpets and even rusty old car parts) and they won’t do any electrical repairs.. Well basically it’s just clear the way they ‘re choosing to run things so I would think it fair to assume that as little was done as possible to mend after the flood.. So my concern is – could what is in the ceiling be affecting us? Both my daughter and I get stuffy, runny noses once we are in bed for the night, and I’ve been waking up with athsma attacks every day (previous to living here, I haven’t needed my rescuer in years unless I was somewhere smokey), and with black mucous in my throat, sometimes even a bloody nose.. (I have allergies too so I’m more sensitive) Even if I go in my room to put away laundry during the day I start having sneezing fits.. But once we go out for the day, everyone’s symptoms disappear..
So my questions again, to be clear are:
1. Is mold on drywall safe? /Non-spore-causing?
2. Is mold in the house safe as long as it is behind walls?