We live in a world where not only do you have to be an expert at a few things, but good at everything else too.
Apparently I’ve turned to comment forms to vent lately. The e-commerce note was for natfinnShare
Note: I promised Nate I wouldn’t attach any names to this yet. Or publish it anywhere that my name is readily associated with. But I’m frustrated.
I’m not sure if we’re making mountains out of molehills, or if we should actually be pushing things with my landlord.
My fiancé, @natfinn, and I lived in a hotel for 2.5 weeks while the apartment complex performs mold remediation on the area of our apartment that endured. They’ve got contractors and a hygienist. They let us move back in this past Friday (Oct. 3).
The issue happened in Mid-August when the upstairs apartment’s water heater leaked. We initially thought it was our AC condenser gone bad after a couple days.
They came down the and looked and discovered the problem was upstairs where they were fixing a water heater - though it never dawned on them to see where the water went.
The water came down through to our water closet (play on words). It soaked the wall between the apartment and the patio closet, seeped to the carpet to a 6’x6’ area, and worked it’s way up the walls a couple feet.
They got carpet cleaners and they bleached the patio closet where our heater was.
Then fours weeks later I wasn’t able to sit in the living room without breaking out into hives or having trouble breathing. The dogs were picking at their feet. So we called them again. They came down and found elevated moisture in the closet, but maintenance thought it no cause for concern. We pushed.
Long to we were in a hotel for over two weeks while they brought in a contractor, they did hepa filtering and sealing off of the infected area with ceiling-to-carpet plastic. They’ve had hygienists in to give instructions on repairs. They ripped out the wall between the apartment and patio closet. They’re replacing the ceiling. They took out a 6’x2’ section of wall (the wall we share with the neighbors - PS: the complex hasn’t told the neighbors yet).
Before they started that work, they let us go in and get some more clothes / etc. since it was longer than the 2-3 days they initially told us it would be.
I didn’t realize when my fiancé brought back heels for me (had to wear business casual for a day conference) that they’d been sitting out in that room. I put them on and an hour later I was running a high fever and felt like an ice pick was driving through my head. I took off the shoes, washed my feet with soap and water, and the reaction went away (still had a mild headache, and minor itches, but no fever).
They replaced the insulation from the exposed areas. New Drywall. They replaced the baseboards. They’re doing moisture checks. Rent was pro-rated while we were out.
- But they’re not replacing the carpet padding or carpet in the exposed area.
- They’re not testing for dust.
- They’re not dusting the place when they’re done.
Despite the fact that for 4 weeks all the apartment went unchecked. My fiancé is currently vacuuming with the hepa vacuum now that we own, and has clorox wiped all of the walls and ceilings in that room to try and help my health out. (I get that huge headache whenever I’m in the room for extended periods of time still, and still itchy. Any time I scratch my arms / ankles when I’m in the room, it leaves actual marks and ends up being a way worse.)
1 - Isn’t it a little odd that they wouldn’t replace the carpets or the carpet padding, or test / check dust, (let alone dust after themselves)?
2 - Do we need to throw out the other shoes that were in that room, or the single bed we’ve been using as a couch?
3 - Should we just throw out the carpet padding ourselves and re-shampoo the carpets, or push the issue with our landlord?
These better be answered ASAP or both natfinn and I are going to blow up every digital channel and avenue we can. Just saying.Share