Friday, November 9, 2012

This Post is Disgusting (& not for the faint of heart)

Just a warning, if you get grossed out easily, this is not the post for you.  In fact, this post makes me downright ill (figuratively, but maybe literally too!).

I'm don't have a lot of bad days.  I'm super lucky that way.  Yes, I've had a few real downers in my life, but most days are just good...stable, maybe what some would even call a bit boring, but I like boring.

Yesterday was not boring.  And a good part of the day was not good either.

First of all, I woke up with a headache and an assignment due (my classes are done, and I'm in the dissertation phase, but if you earn (18) credits in any subject area, coupled w/your PhD, you can teach it...so I am taking classes too.  So I trudged through the homework, headache and all.  Luckily, the Tylenol took affect pretty quickly.

Then...I woke my little guy up for school and we did the morning routine thing.  I like our mornings.  :)  On the way out, he says, "Mommy, I switched your computer wires when you weren't looking?"  WHAT?!?!  Time to take him to school... I came home and did a few things on the computer.  Everything seemed okay, until it was time to print.  Nothing.  I could not figure it out.  So I started moving wires to try and figure out what he'd switched. Bad idea.  After an hour or so, I finally got it right, hurray!  And when I was moving the desk back into position, I RIPPED THE ENTIRE PHONE CORD BOX out of the wall.  No kidding.

The only other phone jack is in my 5-yr. old's room.  That's where I am now...and the desk, and the desk top computer are in here too (poor kid!  who wants mom's stuff in their room??).  It's only temporary until the phone doctor comes to fix it...for $100.  Ugh.  I may have an additional jack put in another room, no one ever liked that phone jack's position anyway.

THEN, the very worst part of the day arrived, and this is where the 'disgusting' part of the post comes into play (if you are easily grossed out, turn away now).  I decided to clean closets and started in my bedroom.  I never got past my own because when taking my clothes down, I found this:


Black Mold all over the side wall (the exterior side of the house).  My stomach just sank.  I couldn't see it with the clothes hanging.  I've heard so many horrible things about mold, but now it's personal.

Just look at my clothes... and these are not just any clothes, these are my silk nighties, my cushy bathrobes, and my 'dry clean only' expensive work clothes.  When I was working I had a wonderful job and over the years purchased a lot of really, really nice clothes. When we moved to Michigan, we decided to have one last baby and I would stay home with him.  While that's been INCREDIBLE, WONDERFUL, and GREAT, it's almost meant hubby's salary was the main income.  That means I cannot afford to replace those clothes that are ruined.  And it made me sad.  The more I went through them, the more ill I got. And then it hit me, 'they're just clothes.'  So while it's sad for me to have lost those items, I know it could be a lot worse.

Still, it's a big bummer.

Here are some of the items that were closest to the wall:

Oh my goodness... THAT is worse than disgusting.

Not discriminating, the mold ruined my fancier robes...

And my soft, cushy ones for being snuggly & warm.

And now we'll wait and see what the mold man says when he comes to investigate.  I'm sure it'll be a cheap fix (not).  So...it was definitely not the best of days yesterday, but I was overdue for a yukky one.  Hopefully that meets the quota for the next year...or ten.

Have you ever come across such a thing?  If so, did you FREAK OUT???  Just the potential health ailments alone have my mind swimming, and this is one problem I can't wait to get ironed out.  Stupid mold.  Stupid closet.  Stupid house.  Okay...not the house.  I like the house.  Well, yesterday I didn't like the house.  Stupid house.

(I’m done whining now).

56 comments:

  1. Oh no!!!!! :( I really hope it's not expensive to get rid of the mold. My sister had mold in her house in Vegas a few years ago and it was a long process.

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    1. *sigh* I'm sure it's not going to be pretty. Sorry about your sis's house having it too.

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  2. sorry its been such a bad day =( check this artical out for some tips-http://www.buzzle.com/articles/homemade-tips-how-to-kill-black-molds.html

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  3. I'm from Houston where battling mold is pretty much the norm. Take the clothes to a dry cleaners--it may or may not work, but it is definitely worth a try. As for your walls, it's a good thing you called someone. From the looks it may have infested the interior of the wall. Good luck!

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    1. The ones that were not so bad I did put aside to take to the cleaners. That stuff is strong though, let me tell you. It went all the way through to the middle of the rack (washing or pitching everything to be sure).

      I think you're right about the infestation. Will be glad to get the fixing going.

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  4. Oh man! That is not cool! I am a stay at home mom too, but I have a ton of nice work clothes that cost a lot of money that I would be devastated if I lost. That is terrible! I hope you are able to get the mold cleaned up quickly and cheaply!

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    1. AAAAAACK, you're supposed to be at Disney playing. Go have fun!! :)

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    2. oh, and thanks for the well wishes, I hope it's quick and cheap too, though I suspect (and hope I'm wrong) that it'll be neither.

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  5. The mold thing has happened to me, too!! Our house is 102 years old, and so the insulation is not great. I think the hold/cold difference between the inside and outside caused condensation to build up on the ceiling of my closet, and I didn't notice until I was cleaning out the closet. Ugh, I know what you're going through there. Best wishes to you for a better day and weekend ahead!

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    1. Thanks, Andrea. Glad to hear yours got better. I bet it's nice, despite the incident, to have a home w/such character!

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  6. Eeeek! That is so horrible! I am so sorry you had to throw out your nice clothes. I would be devastated! Best of luck in getting rid of the mold!

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  7. So sorry =( We found a few patches of mold when we were getting our house ready to sell it. The clean up really isn't that bad as long as it's not the nasty kind of black mold. And there are so many types of mold, the odds of it being the nasty kind aren't actually all that high! =)

    Best case: After the guy assesses that it isn't nasty dangeroud mold, you'll probably be able to either scrub down the area with a bleach solution and/or cut out and patch in only the affected sections of drywall. Then, dry clean the clothes that can't be washed, and wash on hot/hot the ones that can.

    Yeah, it's super gross, but most of the time, it is cleanable without having to jump to mold remediation, etc. You'll be alright =)

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    1. I love this post, and hope you're right. I have to admit my mind is a little heavy with waiting to find out. :) Thanks for stopping by, Sadie Jane.

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  8. Yes! A few years ago when cleaning out my closet, I found the exact same thing! It was so disgusting! Sorry you are having do deal with that

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  9. I am sorry about the problems you have encountered. Life can be very stressful at times. Anyway I wish you a good weekend. Take care.

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    1. Aww, thanks Judy. It was just one trying day. It's a good day today. :)

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  10. I am so sorry to see and hear that... I hope it is nothing too bad! keep us updated

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  11. wow sry for all that mess, i do hope you can get rid of that and make sure it doesn't come back, it can cause breathing problems and such, not good for the skin,, and take your clothes to a cleaner but make sure it is all in a bag tight, you don't want any of that floating about...

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    1. That's why we hired someone to come in (we're not very handy) and take a look because I always hear these kinds of things. blech

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  12. have it checked to make sure it is not dangerous and if not, don't let them charge you a small fortune to get rid of it. Bleach will do the job. Good luck. And yes, If I were to come across this in my closet, I would freak out also.

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    1. Thanks, Lenetta. When you're at someone else's mercy to fix something (because you're in the dark about the proper way to do it) you cross your fingers and hope they're reasonable (or get a second opinion ;) ).

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  13. Sorry about your bad day. Poor kid for having your computer and printer in his room?? Poor you! He deserves it and worse. He needs to learn not to touch your computer. As for the mold. Yuck!

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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    1. True 'dat, Joyce (you were teaching a partial week of middle school recently, right)? Is my lingo outdated? haha). Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  14. That's awful! Isn't that quite dangerous if you breathe in the spores? I hope it's going to be easy to take care of!!!

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    1. We're hoping for the, "this is going to be a breeze to fix" scenario. ;)

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  15. I think my hair just stood on end there. That creeped me out, more than anything, I must admit! I can't believe that's mold! I hope you're able to take it all off. Funny, I'm grossed out, but can't stop looking at the picture :)

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    1. It was sooooo nasty, Pepper. I bleached it all gone now, but cleaning it was icky gross, for sure!

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  16. Oh no you poor thing!! I have to admit I was expecting something alot more gruesome, but this is just such a shame! I hate it when things like this (things we cant expect or control) just ruin things you've worked so hard for! Is there no way to rescue the clothes from the mould? I hope there is and I hope it wont be too expensivce for you to banish the mould! xxx

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    1. The clothes half way in and to the right are now at the cleaners. Everything half way and to the left was so covered I pitched 'em.

      I've been saying I needed to go through my clothes...that was not the way I intended though. ;)

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  17. Yes, we've had that, and it's been a leak on the roof, and it gets down in the wall. It can just dry out if you're in a dry enough climate, and the leak isn't feeding it anymore. Can you take your clothes to the cleaners?

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    1. Someone told my husband the same type of scenario. Snow's about to set in here, so it won't be dry. A leak in the roof wouldn't be so bad, if it's just one.

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  18. Oh no, that is so heartbreaking. I'm so sorry you have to deal with this. Can you put in a claim through your homeowner's insurance? I work in the industry, so you should be able to get at least a portion of your money back.

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    1. Hubby's waiting to see how much the cost will be, and if it's not too much we'll just suck it up. If it is, we'll consider the insurance.

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  19. Oh no! That is just awful! I hope it is not a ridiculous fix. Try and have a good weekend.

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    1. Thanks, Laura, you too. Loved your latest post (that jacket alone was worth a whole post, totally awesome!).

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  20. Oh goodness what an awful day you had!! I was expecting something more gross as well, not that it's good news in the least.

    Hope it's a quick fix and your back to normal soon :)

    Paula
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    1. Thanks, Paula. It put me behind on the blog hop but I'm about to go catch up now. :)

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  21. I had this happen in an old apartment from an upstairs washer leaking. It was horrible!

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    1. We looked at a house that had the washer on the top floor and I thought that would be a disaster if something happened.

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  22. Yikes! I hate mold. Good luck.
    -Melanie

    P.S. I’m doing a $50 Shabby Apple giveaway on my blog. You should check it out here: http://meandmr.com/post/35113285949/shabby-apple-50-giveaway

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    1. Shabby Apple's got some neat retro looks, don't they?? :)

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  23. Ya, we found mold in our previous house- not cool! And it destroyed a bunch of our belongings.

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    1. It sounds like it's pretty common. *sigh* Guess it was our turn. ;)

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  24. I went through something similar last year. I spent two years with my daughter being ill with allergies and lots of medical issues. I decided to tear up her carpet and redo her floors and paint her walls. When we pulled the carpet up, there was a damp floor which ended up with us finding a leak down inside the wall from an outside source. Removing the drywall we found the mold. Guess what? Her allergies and skin issues have improved HUGELY! My stomach sank when we found it but so glad we did.

    Irish Carter
    Dedicated2Life.com

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    1. I agree, it's a pain to find such things, but thank goodness you do. :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  25. Awwww, I'm sorry. I read it anyway even with the warning and my weak stomach for gross stuff but I survived. That one is heartbreaking. Some along the closet lines that happened to me, wasn't disgusting really but freaked me out.... We were living in Florida at the time. I was standing in my closet to figure out what I was going to wear and there was a gecko on the shoulder of one of my suits. I froze, waiting for it to take off. The really freak out part is that it was dead, but looked alive. Not upside down, not with eyes closed and legs up, but a look of "in motion". Ewwwwwwwwwwww!

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    1. Hahaha, those little lizards never bothered me when we lived in FL. (the dead one would freak me out), but the Palmetto Bugs almost did me in!

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    2. Oh yeah. They were the worst in Florida. I saw them do some things I didn't know they could do. Ewwwww.

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  26. Wow, it's good you found that! I hope it wont be to bad to take care of it.

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    1. Looks like it's not going to be difficult to fix at all, hurrah! Thanks for the blog visit!

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  27. That's crazy, hope you find what is causing it.

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    1. Someone came and looked at it today. Thanks for stopping by, Christina!

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