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Mold: A silent, dangerous threat to homes and health

There are 22 comments on the WTSP Tampa Bay story from Nov 19, 2007, titled Mold: A silent, dangerous threat to homes and health. In it, WTSP Tampa Bay reports that:

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XPLODIN EYEBALL

Saint Petersburg, FL

#1 Nov 19, 2007
Because of the Vinings response I suggest that they inspect every unit and shut the place down if it's a danger to anyones health,which it seems to be.Also,udging from their response,they're not willing to answer a direct question with a direct answer rather,place and deflect responsibility onto the tennant.
Diana

Wesley Chapel, FL

#2 Nov 19, 2007
How can i find out more about having my apartment tested? I know that my daughter and i have been living with mold, and although my apartment complex has said that they sprayed the area to kill the mold my walls are still discolored and my carpet padding has never been replaced. what can i do?
Roy Tippens

Saint Petersburg, FL

#3 Nov 19, 2007
we are facing the same problem where we live. What legal grounds do we have towards our land lord & the Co-op?
Patricia Dodson

Saint Petersburg, FL

#4 Nov 19, 2007
We have a real problem in Manatee co. at the Palmetto Elementary School. The teachers and students are getting sick and we are asking that they be relocated to a safe environment until a new school has been built. The teachers and parents have been waiting for new school since 2002. I don"t think their health can wait three more years until a new school is built since there is nothing started at this time, not even a site.Thank you for any assistance.
Kashbet

Zephyrhills, FL

#5 Nov 19, 2007
Are the schools checked for mold in the Tampa area? Am aware of how bad it is in other areas. When corrected. attendence is grearly improved.
JRhodes

United States

#6 Nov 19, 2007
My Company tells people every day about the mold problem starting outside with roofs & walls. Business, apartment, & home owners just think that black staining is a cosmetic issue and don't want to pay to have it removed.
Rhodesroofcleaning.com
Resident

Canton, GA

#7 Nov 20, 2007
This article contradicts the archived article you have posted on your website regarding mold. As you stated in your previous article, mold is everywhere. Good housekeeping is critical to avoid mold growth in the kitchen sink since water feeds mold.
See the attached link

Canton, GA

#8 Nov 20, 2007
Resident wrote:
This article contradicts the archived article you have posted on your website regarding mold. As you stated in your previous article, mold is everywhere. Good housekeeping is critical to avoid mold growth in the kitchen sink since water feeds mold.
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/home-garde... for more helpful information.
Prior resident

United States

#9 Nov 20, 2007
I had a mold problem at the Vinings as well. Similar to Wendy's situation, they did nothing to help me. After 4 months of paying rent without being able to live in my apartment, I contacted a lawyer and finally got out of my lease. I am currently involved in a lawsuit against them to recover damages. The Vinings should have been shut down 5 years ago. Go to apartmentratings.com and put in zip code 33761 to see just how bad it is.
Jason

Tampa, FL

#10 Nov 20, 2007
Anyone know how I may be able to get in touch with the owners of this property? I work for a disaster recovery company locally. Here is a link showing how poorly maintained this property must be:
http://www.apartmentratings.com/rate/FL-Clear...

It seems this apartment complex is in a state of disrepair and needs to be thoroughly remidiated and repaired. Anyone with information on how to contact them, please contact me at [email protected] Thanks in advance!
moved

Parker, CO

#11 Nov 20, 2007
Resident wrote:
This article contradicts the archived article you have posted on your website regarding mold. As you stated in your previous article, mold is everywhere. Good housekeeping is critical to avoid mold growth in the kitchen sink since water feeds mold.
While mold "is everywhere", the changes that were made to construction methods in the 70's due to energy concerns created very 'tight' buildings which has led to increasingly poor indoor air quality. Not only do different individuals have different reactions to molds if they are allergic to the specific type or have other respiratory disease, the molds themselves not only are a significant health risk but can cause tremendous damage to the actual materials a house (or any structure) is built from. Specifically, Chaetomium, is directly linked to wood rot.

Having lived through a house that was infested with 20+ types of mold, the health and financial effects that resulted, if you suspect you have a problem investigate.
current resident

Brandon, FL

#12 Nov 20, 2007
I currently live in these apartments.. they sent a letter saying that this report was dramatized, but you can't fake mold. How can I make sure my apartment is safe?
moved

Parker, CO

#13 Nov 20, 2007
You need air sampling - both viable and non-viable (live and dead because the dead stuff is still a problem for people with allergies) and swab sampling if there are visible areas of mold or suspected mold.

A determination of safe comes from someone like Dr. Lipsey who is a toxicologist or a Certified Industrial Hygenist - one that YOU hire, not the owners/management of the building - along with a qualified physician (most likely an allergist or pulmonologist who has experience with things like Hypersensitifity Pneumonitis or ABPA).
MoldInformation

AOL

#14 Nov 20, 2007
Go to www.schoolmoldhelp.org for a thousand articles on mold and health and mold in schools.
R Fisher

Oxford, FL

#16 Nov 20, 2007
I am currently experiencing the long term health effects of being in a building full of mold. By the time I found out how filthy and infested with mold the building had become, it was too late for me. I was fired from my job because I "was too sick to work anymore", and I have hypersensitivity pneumonitis, which is not curable at my present state. My career in education is down the drain and I now live on disability, tetered to an oxygen tank. I down 12-15 medications per day and try to stay one step ahead of the next infection.
Anyone living or working in moldy conditions needs to get out immediately, especially if you have allergies or asthma. It's a deadly mix.
Concern for tenants

Largo, FL

#17 Nov 21, 2007
This report should be shown again, people need to realize this is not something that you put off until another day. If you have mold you need to address the problem before it gets out of control. Our company has been consulting on this issue for the last 16 years and all of our remediations have been successful to the stages that we will give a written guarantee to this effect. If anyone could put our company in contact with the owner of this or any other apartment complex contact me by email: [email protected]
Lynn -- Current resident

Brandon, FL

#18 Nov 21, 2007
I am a resident of this apartment complex. Before the segment even aired, I had a mold issue in my bathroom. Can anyone give me advice as to how I can get out of here, or what legal right's I have as a renter?
Kmcmillan

Lakeland, FL

#19 Nov 21, 2007
I reported mold in my 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment to the Property Leasing Manager at Newport Riverside Apartments on several occasions, since 2006 verbally and written. To date, I haven't received any correction or communication from Newport Riverside. What action do I need to take at this point? Please help. [email protected] Thank you
Previous Vinings Resident

Saint Francis, MN

#20 Nov 25, 2007
Hearing that this segment finally happened made me happy, as a previous victim of mold at the Vinings. Watching it was disappointing. There are so many documented cases of mold at the Vinings, and I guess Tampa Bay 10 was being legally cautious by saying there might be problems in other apartments. All they had to do was contact the Pinellas County Health Department to receive copies of the mold reports at the Vinings that are public record.
For those who live there and have mold, you can have the Pinellas County Health Department do an assessment for about $75. It is worth it for your health and the hassle. With this report, they have to let you out of your lease without penalty.
The Vinings know they have a mold problem. The staff is not cooperative about it. They DENY the problem! Make sure you document your maintanence requests and use certified letters for communication. I am glad that others are posting apartmentratings.com . I found this site after the fact, and am so thankful to use it as a reference before moving in the future.
KEITH

United States

#21 Nov 27, 2007
XPLODIN EYEBALL wrote:
Because of the Vinings response I suggest that they inspect every unit and shut the place down if it's a danger to anyones health,which it seems to be.Also,udging from their response,they're not willing to answer a direct question with a direct answer rather,place and deflect responsibility onto the tennant.
IS THIS THE VININGS AT COUNTRYSIDE?

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