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Old 08-11-2011, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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In other words, you want people to help you get and keep all stirred up and in a tizzy, and when any actual reasoning is applied to the situation, you get verbally abusive. That doesn't really increase the credibility of your description of the situation, you know.

I do wish you'd come back and tell us what the results of the test you sent in are, though.

 
Old 08-11-2011, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I was going to ask her if by any chance her symptoms really got worse after she read about toxic mold on the internet. That would have been good for a barrage of insults, lol.

I just think that if it was as bad as the OP makes it out to be, she'd quit whining and leave ASAP, or quit whining and call the health department or something if the LL won't jump to do the things she demanded. It really makes no sense, but does help me to understand a little of what might be going on, which is not related to mold.

I do hope that the OP feels better and gets things resolved, however.
 
Old 08-11-2011, 02:52 PM
 
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In other words, you want people to help you get and keep all stirred up and in a tizzy, and when any actual reasoning is applied to the situation, you get verbally abusive. That doesn't really increase the credibility of your description of the situation, you know.

I do wish you'd come back and tell us what the results of the test you sent in are, though.
No. Forget it. This forum is anti-tenant (for the most part).

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I was going to ask her if by any chance her symptoms really got worse after she read about toxic mold on the internet. That would have been good for a barrage of insults, lol.

I just think that if it was as bad as the OP makes it out to be, she'd quit whining and leave ASAP, or quit whining and call the health department or something if the LL won't jump to do the things she demanded. It really makes no sense, but does help me to understand a little of what might be going on, which is not related to mold.

I do hope that the OP feels better and gets things resolved, however.
Whatever, lawmom. Whining? I did call the health dept today, and no, my symptoms did not get worse after I read about toxic mold. You say that and you don't think YOU'RE being a jerk? Really?

If I said what I'd like to say I'd be infracted, so I'll leave it at that. I'm not feeding your anti-tenant philosophy anymore.

Thank you to the person who DMed me.
 
Old 08-11-2011, 03:13 PM
 
Location: at the end of a dirt road
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Look I don't doubt that you are having health issues and I don't doubt that you smell mold in the house. However that does not mean that these two things are related. Just as an example - you mention the high humidity. In some people this can trigger bronchitis; if they move to a dry climate they are fine. I'll also mention from my personal experience that I had serious bouts with allergies when I was in my early 30s - problems with dust and certain trees.

I also wouldn't really be bothered by the fact that the results of a DYI petri dish experiment show the presence of mold - in fact I wouldn't even bother with such a test. You wanna really mess up that lab, swab your skin instead of the HVAC duct. It's amazing what we humans carry around every day.

The only test result that interests me at this point is that of the medical evaluation of your condition and reason for your headaches and ringing of the ears. You seem to have convinced yourself without a diagnosis that the cause can only be the mold. Seriously if you think that's the case then try wearing a particle mask when indoors. If your symptoms disappear then you will have narrowed down the cause to something that is aireborne in the unit. I'm not saying this to tell you to adopt wearing a mask as a way of life but to pinpoint cause and effect.

As an aside, if you perceive the forum as being biased toward LLs you may probably right. If it is any consolation, please be aware that in LL/tenant disputes, it is always the tenant - even a law-breaking, lowlife, system-gaming squatter who has no intention of holding up their end of the bargain who enjoys free legal advice (at our expense) from legal aid, while LLs, including well-meaning mom-and-pop type who are trying to do the right thing do NOT have access to free legal or strategic advice and so some may have congregated here in this cyber-bar.

Seriously I hope you find the cause one way or the other.
 
Old 08-11-2011, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I thought the OP was done with this thread?
 
Old 08-11-2011, 05:06 PM
 
Location: at the end of a dirt road
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I thought the OP was done with this thread?
I was hoping to hear what the Dr says.

And I just caught the sentence about there being no mold in the bathroom. THAT is good news!
 
Old 08-12-2011, 07:21 AM
Status: "there are no kings inside the gates of Eden" (set 3 days ago)
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Performing a culture test with a swab really has little benefiit because the mold spores are literally everywhere and you are going to find evidence of it. Since your landlord won't perform the test you need to take the effort to hire an environmental hygeinist to run air samples (not swabs) on your behalf. Probably can be done for less than $100 and would likely be recoverable if the tests prove that the mold levels are as high as you are indicating. Basically they set up a little air pump to gather an air sample over a 24 hour period and "count" as well as identify the spores. A comparisson is made to a control sample (such as outside air) and in a healthy environment the indoor readings will be less than the outdoor. If there is a mold issue inside, these indoor levels will be significantly higher and your landlord would be required to address the issue.

Mold and Bacteria testing – Mold analysis, bacteria analysis

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Old 08-12-2011, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Hudson County, NJ
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For the OP, this just seems like a rather sudden onset of symptoms you have from the "mold".

For starters, even though you don't think the UV treatment will work, if that's what the LL son wants to do, let him do it. You've wasted days because you don't think it will work, when he could have possibly done it and you could be feeling better. If it doesn't work and you get concrete evidence that there is still an issue, then they have to step it up and try to fix it from there.

Mold specialist or not, specialist could be an irrelevant term. Its easy to be a "specialist", and do you know how many AC, plumbing, pest control "specialists" we've had in our office, yet the problems continue to re-occur. As a home owner, I'll put a lot more heart, time, and pay attention to the details as opposed to anyone else that comes in to do work, because for most its how much money they can milk out before "fixing " the problem, which conveniently seems to come back always.

Try a mask for a few days see if that alleviates your symptoms. Then try getting fresh air in at night that is circulating with a fan, except if you are allergic to something outside, this will make it worse. Can you peel back anything and see if there is mold, even baseboards which are easy to put back up.
 
Old 08-12-2011, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Far from where I'd like to be
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And I just caught the sentence about there being no mold in the bathroom. THAT is good news!
More like a miracle.
 
Old 08-12-2011, 02:17 PM
 
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