all I ever want to know about mold “infestations”

Oh yes.  As you may have guessed, I have recently (today) learned a new term.  I’m not sure if it is technically correct, but it’s what the mold clean-up company guy said.

Mold can become an infestation.

Here is what I know about mold infestations.

1.  They are insidious.

Ours has apparently been growing over the course of 15 months.  Awesome.

2.  They smell.

Toward the end of the infestation’s life, it could sense (I believe) it’s imminent demise.  Therefore, it decided to start stinking.  Badly.  Think nasty toilet in a 3rd world nation.

3.  Ants love them.

Need I say more???

4.  As far as I am aware of, they rear their ugly, smelly heads at the most inopportune times.  Example:  busy time of work + soccer + Eli’s 4th birthday.

In general, anything called an infestation is bad.  This is probably one of the grosser ones I’ve had the pleasure of living in.

The (brief) history?  Okay, here it is.

*  We noticed mildew under Matt’s side of the sink.  Notice shortly after that it is also on my side.  Also notice that it is spreading fairly rapidly.  (We did NOT know at this point that our vanity was a lost cause… the infestation was just making itself known in a more overt way)

*  Contact home builder (since plumbing problems are still under warranty).  No one seems to know what it is.  Conclusion is developed:  must remove cabinets to see what is behind there.

*  Get all kinds of folks in and out today.  One company removes the mirror.  Another takes the sinks/counter out.  Finally, the mold cleaner-upper people appear.

According to the cleaner-upper in charge, it was “bad”.  Even the thought made me feel a little nauseous.  I was, however, able to put a hurtin’ on the new Vegetarian Nachos recipe I made.  YUM.

So, now… we wait.

We cannot run the A/C because it causes the line to leak.  This shall thankfully be remedied when the plumber arrives tomorrow.

We can’t use the master bath probably until about Monday or so.

Our bedroom smells like mold-a-cide, making it impossible to sleep in.  Hello, couch!

As I was steam cleaning the floors tonight, all I could do was chuckle.  I mean, I am yet again amazed at the creative ways in which God chooses to teach me patience and dependence on Him through my trials. 🙂

And now, a little picture parade for your viewing pleasure…

Our bedroom. AKA: bathroom equipment storage area.
The vent fan & de-humidifier that have to run non-stop until Monday.
Dear Leaky Pipe, You are NOT my friend. 🙂

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