Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Mold... I got a lot of mold...

I know that only about 2% of the population - if that - watches "Squidbillies," so no one at all gets the Granny Squid reference in this post's title, but still, I can't help it. Every time I talk about this, I have to use that tweaked Granny quote. (In case you're wondering, the original quote is, "Moles... I got a lot of moles.") Granny Squid is hilarious.

But to the point.

I have had mold growing on the walls of my apartment. Coming from the West, that is such a strange concept. Mold grows on fruit and bread - and even then, only rarely. But out here, it's humid. I mean, crazy humid! And when water started leaking from my ceiling and the base of my walls, all that wetness resulted in this:



Gross. Dangerous. Unhealthy. Unsightly. Inconvenient.

But the couple who owns my house, as they always are, was very responsive, very helpful. The plumber came and figured out where the water is coming from: The ceiling leak is from a leaky shower upstairs, and the water puddling on the floors was coming through walls that were filled with water from a faulty condensation tube connected to my air conditioner. (It's likely that the tube has been leaking since it was installed, so this could be years and years of water finally breaking through.) He tore out the wall, and this is what it looks like now:





This remarkable little device, a dehumidifier, is drying the apartment out. I am absolutely amazed by how quickly the tray fills up with water. Pulled from thin air!


Once the wall cavities are sufficiently dry, the walls will be replaced and repainted, and my apartment won't look like this anymore

14 comments:

Brian said...

That exposed brick is kinda cool--you should keep it like that.

And those mold pictures? G-ROSS. Remind me not to stay with you, ever. Oh wait I won't be until YOU MAKE A TRIP TO NY!!

Loveu.

Joe said...

I'm just glad the people who own your house are responsive to issues. It's nice to know people are willing to get things fixed sometimes.

Jacelle said...

wow. i cant imagine that kind of humidity.... But I am with Brian....kind of diggin that brick

doug said...

Trust me, everyone. If it was my choice, we'd definitely keep the exposed brick. Alas, it's not my house nor my decision to make.

Will and Michelle Ridd said...

Wow, it seems like one thing after another for your poor apartment :( Why can't all the water (and sewage) just go where it is supposed to & stay there!!! I agree with Joe...I like to know that my brother isn't being brushed aside by lame landlords.

Will and Michelle Ridd said...

By the way... now you have me curious about this "Squidbillies" stuff...

amelia said...

I LOVE that brick! Seriously, you should pitch to the owners that they think about keeping a wall with that...

I'm glad the mold issue is getting fixed. I saw a dumb horror movie once where faces appeared in the mold in the wall! The owners would rub it off...seconds later, it would be back. I don't know why I'm telling you this, but it seemed appropriate.

Spenc said...

1- What is this cartoon you watch?

2- What did you do with your couch?!

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