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Old 05-22-2009, 12:05 PM
 
Location: ATL suburb
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I recently discovered a significant amount of mold behind my couch on the wall. Apparently, the AC unit behind the wall was clogged and the water leaked into the wall. The maintenance man used bleach to remove the mold and painted over the area. He said it shouldn't have gotten through the drywall and shouldn't pose any health risks. Is this enough or should I have a more thorough, independant analysis?
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Old 05-22-2009, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I recently discovered a significant amount of mold behind my couch on the wall. Apparently, the AC unit behind the wall was clogged and the water leaked into the wall. The maintenance man used bleach to remove the mold and painted over the area. He said it shouldn't have gotten through the drywall and shouldn't pose any health risks. Is this enough or should I have a more thorough, independant analysis?
Get a home mold kit from Home Depot. They're under $20 and will grow spores in 24 hours. Then you can go to the health department if your landlord won't do anything & break lease.
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Old 05-22-2009, 12:40 PM
 
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Could have been enough. Bleach does kill mold and paint takes care of the obvious cosmetics. If he says it didn't go through the drywall, then there wasn't anything that needed dried out. Question is do you believe him or not. Did he seem knowledgable or do you have reason to doubt his abilities?
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Old 05-22-2009, 12:47 PM
 
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Has the source of the moisture been addressed? If not, no amount of painting and bleach will cure the problem...
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Old 05-24-2009, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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I think if you live in California, or possibly some other states, there are enough cases in place to set you up for a law suit. That being said, there are states like Florida who not only have weaker renter mold laws, but mold is almost unavoidable in many places. So, I just don't know. I've learned to use bleach or mildew paint to fix my own spot and quit making the landlord responsible. There are so many pollutants in the air until mildew is just another inconvenience.
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