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Tony in Renton, Washington

Two years ago, in a trilevel home the bathroom floor on mid level began rising. Turned out water was leaking somehow and flooring had mold under it. Pros came and estimated $12,000 to properly remove mold and fix leak and make home “habitable” again.

Landlord scoffed, had russian immigrants rip up floor, install new floor, and paint bathroom with new sink & lighting.He sprayed laundry room ceiling with a white vinyl sealant to “lock in” the mold that was present, making the ceiling white again.

The drywall in bath was still damp apparently and mold grew thru the new paint. Water still leaked below into laundry area, dripped on your head when doing laundry, so we quit using that bathroom completely. No more drips but house has smelled moldy ever since. Ceiling turned black again even through that vinyl stuff. Lived with it, don’t ask me why.

Lately, even though bathroom is never used, water has leaked a little infrequently and mold smell is becoming worse daily. Ceiling above washer has turned completely black and adjoining downstairs bath smells horrible and its ceiling and wall are growing black mold now. Entire house REEKS and I am now moving in the next 4 weeks, have already moved one truckload and packed several more, packing daily. I’ll bet the repair bill will exceed $50,000 now if the home is not condemned totally.

WHY didn’t the landlord have insurance fix the house right when he had the opportunity? I just hope my health is not permanently harmed; I use Advair for asthma, an inhaled steroid without which I can’t breathe…..!!

Questions:

If you have house insurance, why would you not have such a repair done properly? When mold can ruin a home? Old plumbing needs to be replaced with new. This house was built in 1969, not so old. My mother’s home was built in 1906 and never had this problem!

Also, does the sore in the picture of my arm look like it could be caused by mold? It grows and I scrape it down and it grows back, I must be crazy for not going to see a doctor but I am so busy and time goes by so fast, I never have time, and I never thought it could be caused by mold. This is Insane!!!

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4 thoughts on “Tony in Renton, Washington

  1. Hi Tony,
    Please google mold cross contamination. If you move your belongings to a new residence, most likely you will contaminate it by bringing contaminated articles from your ‘moldy’ home to your new one. Mold spores travel and stick on clothing, furniture, household goods, paper, etc.
    To answer the question about why your landlord did not have the property properly treated, it may be that he only used a portion of the funds that his insurance company alloted and then pocketed the remainder. It is unfortunate, because now he has a worst problem than he originally had. If the remediation company that was hired to treat the mold used a chemical product, then the fungus combined with the chemical produced what is called an endotoxin which is a potentially deadly combination. This type of combination is used in chemical, biological warfare. Our company uses a remediation process that is 100% successful once we address and correct the cause and source of the mold issue. Our website http://www.moldremedy.biz will give you valuable, insightful information in regards to the world of mold.

  2. Also Tony, chemicals contain ingredients that are a ‘food source’ for mold such as sodium hypochlorite which is in bleach. Various chemicals provide fuel by feeding the mold and make it grow more. You could liken it to pouring gasoline on a blazing inferno.

  3. IF YOU HAVE MOLD GET RID OF EVERYTHING MAKE A LIST TAKE PICTURES TOSS IT OUT.. MOLD IS IN YOUR HOME LONG BEFORE YOU SEE IT AND AFTER YOU SEE IT SAVE YOURSELF JUST MOVE ON ALWAYS HAVE HOME AND RENTERS INSURENCE.. THANKS FROM SOMEONE WHO KNOWS…Brenda walker

  4. Removal of mold damaged building products is best. These remediation companies charge way too much for what they do. Are sloppy at it as well.

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