Black mold

Amber - posted on 05/07/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I would really appreciate the input of all Mommies.

About a month ago, my husband and kids were seriously ill. The all had terrible coughs, puffy eyes, runny noses and skull busting headaches. I chalked it up to seasonal allergies which they have all tested positive for. Earlier last week, my 2 year old discovered the paint in our living room was beginning to bubble, so as any curious child would do, he began to pull at it. It was then discovered that there was black mold behind the paint. So this past Sunday, my husband went to Home Depot to speak with a sales rep about what we can use to handle this problem. The sales person informed him of some great products on the market and said that it would get us by until our landlord can do something more permanent (we rent). My husband came home and began to strip away more paint, only to discover that this problem was WAY beyond what we could handle, and tolerate! He cleaned it and sealed it while I began looking for another place to move my family. We woke up Monday morning, to discover that the mold was already beginning to grow from where it was sealed. Now we are ALL experiencing ten fold symptoms and I don't know what to do. We have found a house to move to, but the owner is on a waiting list for a retirement village and has a meeting with them next week. She has already been on the waiting list and had an interview with them in February. I don't know what this meeting with entail, but this mold is a very urgent matter. To make matters worse, my husband invited the landlord up to see this mold (before he peeled and sealed the area); our landlord laughed at him! No BS! My hubby and I have contacted to Red Cross here in York Co. Pa, and they are attempting to make contact with the landlord before they pull the Health Dept into it. I have yet to hear anything from them (Red Cross).

If anyone knows of anything else that can be done, I would greatly appreciate it! Also, if anyone knows about protocol in regards to the retirement village and timing of meetings and such, I would also appreciate it! I don't want to push this dear lady from her home, but I want to get my babies and hubby out, like yesterday! Thank you all kindly!

Much love,

Amber

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Gina - posted on 05/10/2010

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I agree with Hello Kitty. look up the laws and MAKE the landlord put you up somewhere while he is fixing the mold hazzard,by law he has to. And hell if he refuses to relocate you or fix the problem in atimely manor, you can call a pro to remove the mold on your own and then send the bill to him!

Amber - posted on 05/10/2010

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Thank you all! My husband called and had quite the go a round with the landlord on Friday evening; he came up Saturday to "fix" this mold problem. The unlicensed contractor that came up, called our landlord out by telling us that we also have the original lead paint from when the house was built in 1900! That was it; the last straw hit. I have now contacted the EPA in regards to this entire matter. He was asking me a ton of questions about when our home was built, how long we've lived here, the lead paint disclosure , etc. To sum everything up, our landlord and the man that came out for the mold remediation, we're in violation of boo-koo federal guidelines. This should be interesting. I've contacted a lawyer who is a close friend of my Pastor that has experience in these kinds of cases, so I'm waiting to hear what he has to say on what to do next. I am also filing a formal complaint with the EPA tomorrow morning; the man at the EPA said that it is now out of the states hands and in federal hands now. Ooo...sucks to be my landlord! I'll keep you all posted as to what happens next! We should also know what is going on with a house that we are trying to buy, on Wednesday. Keep us in your prayers and thank you all again. Your support and advice mean the world to me!
Much love,
Amber

Sheryl - posted on 05/07/2010

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you can call and have the health dept. come out. you don't need red cross or your landlord to do that. my landlord didn't and cause what there was a leak in the roof and when they guy came out the roofing company was there and they tolled him that there was wood that need to be replace and the landlord tolled them not to. so my landlord got find for that and they had to replace it. cause it mold in the act. space.

Sheryl - posted on 05/07/2010

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i would go to a hotel if thats what it take and make it to where the landlord has to pay for it. call the health dept. right away. they we'll come in and take him to look at it. with him! black mold is nothing to miss with. it can kill people. and can have long term effect on health. thats what i would do cause from what you are saying sound like it bad. it would be better safe then sorry! if you can't get that look into short term appt. or even staying with family till you can figer it out. best of luck i went though something like that before and it was not easy and i had a new born. sound like he have may known of this. if its so bad and if he did and renting to you like that then he could be in even more trouble. like health bills. i would really look up some landlord law. also look at your lease. see if there anything in there about a suittion like this and what they would do. some of stuff like that on there some don't. best of luck! hope things get better.

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look up landlord tenant laws for PA - call HUD, call your local housing authority - they can tell you what to do or what can be done. keep track of ANYTHING you spend. whether it is on products to fix it or on a hotel room to sleep in, legally you can go after your landlord to makeup for your costs - he HAS to fix it immediately... no ifs ands or butts and he needs to put you someplace safe til he does so. (sorry if i repeated.. i didnt read down the string...)

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I agree, move out now. If a hotel is too expensive, look into short term furnished apartments and put your stuff in storage. You can usually rent a furnished apartment month to month (no lease) so when the house becomes available you can move right in without breaking your lease.

Jodi - posted on 05/07/2010

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I agree with Rebecca, I would look into a hotel/motel until you find something permanent. The health and well-being of your children is at serious stake here and you need to get them out pronto! I do not know anything about protocols, but I would keep calling the Red Cross and your landlord and bring in the health department yourself if you have to! Best of luck!

Rebecca - posted on 05/07/2010

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I dont have much to offer you, but i was going through a similar issue with bat infestation and their guano. maybe not as severe...but serious enough. as i have heard it, with mold you need to get your family out of there asap. i would lokk for another place, and id literally move your family out now...

if you can maybe stay with relatives, or stay at a hotel...something. its not safe especially for your kids and can be fatal....

i owned my house and i walked away due to the severity of the situation...

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