Posts Tagged ‘mold’

Mold update day 42.

Monday, April 28th, 2008

It seems that I’ve licked the problem. I hired professional mold getter-outers and they nuked my place about a month ago. I also dumped all the old furniture that had mold growing on it. Since then I have found only a teeny tiny mold colony that they must have missed. It’s nice to come home to a clean house that is free of extra tenants.

Whew…

Mold update.

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Here’s an update kiddies.

I talked to my landlord and they’ve agreed to pay half of the cost to de-moldify my abode. The cost to perform this service you ask? S$850. Pretty friggin high. But, it’ll be totally worth it.

What they will do is wipe down each and every individual item in the house with a disinfectant. They will pick up every book, pen, paper, remote control, cable, everything and wipe it down.  After that, they steam clean all the upholstery and furniture with the same solution. Then they will seal the house up and bomb it with another disinfectant fog. Then, they let it dry and bomb it one last time with an anti-microbial mist that is supposed to bond with every surface it comes in contact with and  prevent mold from growing on it again.

I’ll finally be able to sleep at night, knowing that I’m not going to be having fungus growing in my lungs and sinuses.

So, I took some photos of the extent of the damage at my home. Here they are for you to peruse.


Mold in Closet Mold on Jacket

If you click on the thumbnails you’ll see the new green shag carpet that is now the back of my closet and the lining of my jacket.

I took these photos around my office and showed people what I was living with. And as I suspected, this is by no means normal. Everyone has had mold before, but most people see just a tiny spot or two the size of your pinkie nail. What I have is the beginnings of the shire from Lord of the Rings. Generally, most people were disgusted. But, one other artist says he has the same problem just as bad…. AND HE THOUGHT IT WAS NORMAL!!! So, he’s lived with it for months now. He says he takes his shoes out from the closet and wipes off a layer of mold then puts them on and continues with his day. GROSS!!!

Anyhow, they are coming to fix my problem on monday. And I’m off to Vietnam this weekend to rest, relax and finally get some good vietnamese food. Finally, I feel like I might be settling in.

I’m as mad as hell!!! And I’m not going to take this anymore!!!

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

AUGH!!!!

Last night I had some major insomnia. It was difficult for me to sleep because I was stressing about cleaning the mold all around my house. So after tossing and turning all night long I decided to wake up and fix myself a bowl of cereal at 3AM. I polished off the last of my box of cereal and tossed the empty bag into my trash can.

That was a fatal mistake. I woke up to ants swarming all over  the empty bag and finding that my cutting board had mold all over it. Totally gross. But the ants here are much smarter than the ants back home. When I disturbed the bag, it immediately started a shock wave through their trail. Their warning system went into effect and, within 30 secs the line was dissolved and only a few stragglers were left behind, lost. I’ve placed bait around my house now. The ant bait here is a slow working one. Apparently, the queens here have other ants sample food first and then wait a few days to see if they die before ingesting any themselves. Smart buggers… Hopefully that will be it for them.

As for the mold, I’m hiring a mold specialist to come to my apartment today. And then, I’m buying an industrial strength dehumidifier. I’m prepared to spend $300-$500 on one. I’m just too frustrated and pissed off.

I’ve found that Singapore is a place that you can’t half ass anything. There is no cheating the system. No shortcuts. No fucking around. I chose my apartment because it was on a high level and was very breezy with the windows and doors open. I figured I could save a ton of money on electricity bills by keeping my windows open and not using the Air Conditioner. Most people’s electricity bills are around $400 a month here. Pretty astronomical, considering I was coming from LA where my bill was less than $30 a month. As an added benefit, I thought being so high up, I wouldn’t be bothered by mosquitoes or other insects. Well all those preconceived notions have been thrown out the door.

You see, there is an added benefit of closing your windows and doors and running the AC. It removes the humidity from the air. The very humidity that is fueling the growth of mold in my apartment. So, after two months, I am now going to close my windows and doors. I’m going to invest in an industrial Dehumidifier. And, I’m going to probably buy an additional AC unit. I’m going to get rid of my garbage cans and throw garbage out as soon as I have any. I have to clean my dishes as soon as I use any. I also have to dry my clothes as soon as I’m done washing them.

It’s trial by fire out here and I’ve been getting burned.

I’m loosing the battle

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Today is a sad day. This is my first weekend off in about a month or so. I took it upon myself to tidy up a bit. In the process I have discovered mold in all kinds of places that I haven’t looked at in a few weeks. This is nuts. I’ve hired a maid a few weeks ago to help with cleaning the place. She comes once a week and does her thing. My apartment is pretty spotless. But, in my clothes closets, where it is nice and dark the little buggers have begun invading.

I refuse to believe that Singaporeans live with mold regularly. I’m going out to the DIY store today. I’m going to arm myself with bleach and vinegar, then bomb my place with it.

Does anyone have any experience with mold that can help me?
At least the ants are gone. <sigh>

Humidity

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

I love hate the humidity here.

I have eczema. Its a common skin condition, where by my skin gets dry easily and itches and cracks is generally pretty uncomfortable. I was able to manage when I lived in SF and LA. Since they were both relatively close to the ocean. As long as I didn’t take too many showers and used moisturizers, I was usually pretty good.

But, when I went to visit my parents in San Jose or went to Vegas or any other area where it was extremely dry. I was quite miserable.

Fast forward to now. In Singapore, the humidity here is off the charts. It’s not uncommon for days of 100% humidity. No… that doesn’t mean it’s raining. It just means that the air is full of evaporated water and can’t take anymore in. So, when you sweat, instead of your sweat evaporating from your skin to cool you down. It sticks to you and makes you feel hotter than it really is.

Now, my eczema is almost totally gone now. But, I am now inundated with mold. Gone are the days of setting my washing machine on then going to the movies or leaving the house. As soon as a load is done, I have to dry it. If I forget it in the washer for a few hours. Forget it… I have to wash it again to get the mold and smell off of the clothes.

I even have to watch what I leave wet towels on. I had inadvertently left a towel on a glove for about 5 mins. A day later, the glove had the beginnings of a new civilization on it.

My skin loves me for moving out here. My allergies on the other hand, are telling me I’ve got to work harder.