rare that I catch one of these "specialty"
months until after the fact, but today Iím right on
top of September as Mold Awareness Month.
observance is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, which states that molds create
"toxins that cause asthma, respiratory infections
and chronic sinus problems."
agency attributes a threefold increase in asthma cases
nationally in the last 20 years to mold.
starts its life in a wet or damp area. Twenty-four hours
of dampness is enough time for mold to begin to grow.
The longer an area remains wet, the more toxic the mold
is likely to be.
symptoms of exposure to toxic mold can include memory
loss, flu-like symptoms, bleeding in the lungs, and
difficulty speaking. If you experience any of these,
contact your doctor immediately, or call the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-232-4636.
can grow behind walls and under floors, above ceiling
tiles, or behind shower walls ó wherever there are wet
materials mold can feed on, such as wood, ceiling tiles
mold has been identified, professional remediation is
highly recommended. It can regrow if not completely
I rent an older home with high ceilings, and in the
bathroom there is no backsplash. The bathtub and shower
are one of those one-piece prefabricated plastic items.
other month, I am scrubbing the wall above the plastic
with Lysol trying to remove mold.
there something that I can do to prevent this from
happening? Remodeling by the landlord will cause the
rent to increase.
In light of what you have said about your landlord and
remodeling, you need to be diligent and not shun
I would bring the problem to the attention of your
landlord. The long-term effect of mold on the value of
his property should be pointed out to him.
loss of equity isnít enough to get to him, I donít
know what is.