I have a lot of fiberglass insulation in my attice that is grey to dark
gray/black in spots on the exposed top and the edges. I was told today
by the local code enforcement he didn't beleive it was mold, but was
dirt/dust. It can be seen here:
Not all the places that are this color are up against an obvious moldy
piece of wood.
My cold air return for my furnace also looks like this on one end of
Again, the same story "most likely that is just dirt or something".
This section is above an unheated 2 car garage.
And this all over one whole section of the attic roof:
(He did admit it was mold).
There are some other boards with a greenish-white-blackish mold in the
I know you're making a joke but it is my firm belief that all the
various ailments my kids and myself are suffering MAY be a result of
breathing in this crap for the last 11 years that we have been renting
this home. I never had any kind of allergy or other problems until I
moved in. I don't think it's normal for a child to get pneumonia 4
times in the past 7 years. I don't thinks it's normal for 3 kids to all
keep getting nosebleeds, sometims all at the same time (now that's some
chaos!). In the past I've spent months at a specialist in an attempt to
get a diagnosis for intense muscle pain and elevated CK levels along
with constant fatigue and dizzyness and in the end they just can't find
what's causing it.
I had an engineer visit the home via my renters insurance and the
offical report is that the attic lacks adequate ventilation resulting
in condensation on its ceiling, and the ceiling above the unheated
garage lacks adequate insulation resulting in condensation on the
bedroom floors. There are no leaks of any kind noted. I had the local
code enforcement come in after the landlord started downplaying the
problem and jerking me around. I am now in the process of getting set
up for testing. Thanks for all who replied.
I'm not getting testing done so I can stay here, I'm getting it done
because I'm tired of getting dicked around by these people and I need
to get it confirmed. I am already in the process of securing another
place to live, in the meantime I'm gathering all the information I can.
I would move first of all. But that amount of mold doesn't look like
enough to cause all of the problems you talked about, but Im not a
doctor. Many molds are not toxic.
And, why wait 11 years to see if it was the house? It doesn't look like
the mold is 11 years old...
That's why I'm gathering information. The attic ceiling mold covers at
least 1/4 of the ceiling area and the mold on the rafters is rather
extensive. I talked to the kids pediatrician today and he is going to
talk with someone else who has more expertise and get back with me.
At this point I do not know if it's in the walls or anyplace else that
may be hidden.
And that's my problem, when the owners were told about this, I
expressed that my first concern was that they get someone in here and
find out what it is and if it can cause any problems. That was 9 days
ago and still no one has come. I haven't ran my furnace for that length
of time. All I wanted was someone to come in and set things straight
but that never happened so I'm done with their BS.
I never had a reason to look for anything until I found that the carpet
in 2 bedrooms was moldy. After beginning to remove it I came online and
learned where to look for mold and thus my search began. The attic is
not well lighted and if you are just up there looking for something you
put up there you will not see any mold. The code enforcement person
said just that "I don't see anything out of the ordinary" and when I
held my flashlight at the right angle he then said (in regards to the
roof mold) "oh yeah, this is going to get expensive for someone". Was
the 30 year old furnace causing problems before it was replaced last
year or is the new furnace inadeqate for this house? That's another
peice of the puzzle and as I said, I'm not getting anywhere with the
owners. Maybe it's because they are ready to sell this property?
On 27 Oct 2006 17:27:00 -0700, "Sees-koo-wee-hah-nay"
Well, from the owners standpoint, you've been there 11 years
an nobody's died, so it's probably hard to develop any real
sense of urgency.
On the other hand, there's a big range of "irritant" and
"allergen" between "toxic" and "harmless".
Making sure that your furnace has a good, new, clean
filter in it, and possibly running a stand-alone air
cleaner would both probably have an immediate effect.
in the short term. It's not obvious to
be that mold in the attic should be an urgent
health issue, unless the attic is part of
the air-circulation path of your furnace. (Which
is possible, but it's a dumb-ass way to put a
If the owners are not cooperative, I'd
try a new filter, an air cleaner, and
bleaching the cold-air-return with
a mop in the short term, and move as
soon as possible.
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