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Old 07-07-2009, 09:32 AM
Location: east coast
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I sympathize. Don't feel like a fool--this happens. I know in our history of rentals we've had some similar issues. The carpet in one house literally made me barf daily while pregnant. I could not stand the stench of it. I am not sure a de-humidifier will do that much good for the amount you spend on one. Even my parent's home has that musty basement-y smell and they run a dehumidifier all day long and it never has gone away (their home was built in the 50s). Do you have carpets in the home at all? If so--I'd probably ask the landlord to maybe go half/half on payment to replace carpets perhaps if it is within your budget somehow. Carpets can trap alot of that musty smell. I agree mold can be within walls and can cause some health issues especially in children (asthma etc) who have lung issues already. If its that bad I might try to get out of the lease. Depending on your relationship with the landlord this could be a possibility. We've done it once due to medical reasons and the landlords were cool about it, and we did lots of work too finding a new tenant for them.
again, carpets--if you have carpets get new ones! It is worth it if you have a multi year lease and will be there for a couple years! Talk with your landlord!
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Old 07-07-2009, 01:55 PM
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Originally Posted by Denton56 View Post
>>>Hoighty-Toighty Reston<<< Hahahaha, as if any part of Reston deserves that label. Reston ain't Georgetown or McLean or Great Falls. It's a 40 year old aging community in need of a facelift.

Followed by >>in a building that is long overdue for renovation<<<

You are too funny. Either you live in a hoighty toighty building/area OR you live in one that desperately needs renovation. It can't be both. Sorry.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey, 2007

Reston, Virginia:

Median Household Income: $93,417 ($43,410 Above U.S. Median)
Median Family Income: $130,221 ($69,847 Above U.S. Median)
Families Below Poverty Level: 3.4% (6.4% Below U.S. Average)
Individuals Below Poverty Level: 5.3% (8% Below U.S. Average)
Median Home Value: $487,400 ($305,600 Above U.S. Median)
Adults With High School Diploma or Higher: 95.0% (11% Above U.S.)
Adults With Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 68.3% (41.3% Above U.S.)

That looks pretty "hoighty-toighty" to me. If you're going to attempt to pick a fight with me in every thread, then you'd best try to reinforce your statements every once in a while with some research!
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Old 07-07-2009, 03:42 PM
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For the bugs, you or your landlord can try spraying outside, around the perimeter of the house. We have an older house and have no bugs. Your situation sounds extreme, though, so you may need an exterminator.

For a musty (not wet) basement you can try putting some dehumid crystals in some old margarine containers without the lids. Place them in out of the way areas around the basement. (Note: Summers are hot and humid in DC, and if you are not doing so already, it really is best to close the windows and run your AC, otherwise you risk letting a lot of unwanted humidity into the house).

If you think the musty smell is not just coming from the basement, check the bathrooms. Have they seen better days? Is the grout around the shower tiles old and crumbly? If so, water could be seeping into the walls behind the tiles every time you take a shower. And mold could be growing there.

Not sure what to suggest about mice. Most of the people I know with mice problems live in newer developments - they use traps. I would probably just get an exterminator because I would be worried about them chewing on the wiring.

At any rate, I would let your landlord know about these problems ASAP. Good luck!

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Old 07-18-2009, 10:46 AM
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Default Something for the smell

Has anyone recommended ZorbX yet for the smelly house? We also purchased a home with a smell that we could not get rid of (it wasn't the musty smell but probably spices for cooking) and I tried ZorbX and the smell went away right away. I believe they sell these at Lowe's now but I got mine 5 years ago directly from the manufacturer. If you don't see it at Lowe's, their website is ZORBX always Safer and Stronger odor remover and cleaning products 1800 201-5530 (Cleveland, OH). Good luck.
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Old 07-21-2009, 02:26 PM
Location: Arlington, VA
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Default Air Detox

If it is coming from behind the walls that will be tough. If not you may need to replace the carpet if there is any. Getting an air filter Like the Wellness Air Filter has been a huge help for me.
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