A moldy collapsing floor...
Thursday, July 15, 2010
2 weeks ago we noticed that the floor in part of our kitchen/utility room was uneven. It was a small section that we don't walk on because the clothes hamper sits there, and the bin of dog food. We also put our window a/c units in 2 weeks ago, which means that the windows are all now closed. Last Friday morning I noticed a moldy smell in the kitchen, and noticed that the floor is worse, noticeably sagging in multiple places. We moved the hamper & bin, opened the little closet where the water heater sits, and tah-dah! The floor is covered in black mold, there is obviously a leak in there somewhere. I called our landlady, she came out that night and looked at it. She called her "handyman", he came out Tuesday night and looked at it. Turns out it's a gas water heater and he is not gas certified, he won't touch it. After crawling under the house to look at the damage, he said that most likely it is a very slow leak that has been going on for years. He will fix the floor, but landlady will have to get a gas certified plummer to do the rest. I called her last night, she still hasn't even contacted anyone to come look at it.
It's bad enough that the floor is collapsing, but I have been getting headaches for the last couple of months, and am afraid that the mold has been causing them. My skin has also been hyper-sensitive, my allergy pills have not been helping nearly enough. The constant itching & welts have actually been causing problems in my relationship - I can barely stand to have Jim touch me, everything tickles or itches and the rashes become quite painful.
My rent is due today. I don't think I'm going to pay it until the problem is fixed. I'm tired of my health being in danger, and we shouldn't have to wait this long for the problem to be resolved. My best friend says we can move in with her, but that will take a lot of work. We have a lot of crap to move, I work 60 hours a week (5-8's and 2-10's) and Jim works close to 50 hours a week and also spends a day at my mom's doing yardwork. This does not leave us much time for packing, and we haven't fully decided if we are going to take her up on the offer. I think today I am going to call the health department or whatever agency inspects black mold in the home.
On a brighter note, yesterday we celebrated my sister's 15th anniversary at the office (yes, my sister and I both work for the same small company, 13 employees). I was running around all morning getting things ready: picked up the cake at Costco, up and down the stairs multiple times to transport food, moving tables & chairs from one end of the building to the other, and then back again afterwards. Plus all the cleanup. In a dress and high heels. But it was a blast, everyone had a great time. When I got home I was wiped out, I reheated leftover spaghetti for dinner and didn't move from the sofa until bedtime.