Thursday, August 26, 2010

Eek! Moving again? Let's hope not!

We just moved into our new place about a month ago.  Our son was born about three months ago, and so city code demanded that we get a bigger place.  And, while we could have made do with the smaller place, if necessary, having the bigger place is really nice!

But when we first moved in, we noticed a musty smell in the bedrooms.  In the master bedroom, that smell has mostly gone away, but in my son's room, it has remained steady.  And it has begun to affect my wife's asthma.

So last night, I moved as much as much as I could from my son's room.  Today, we'll finish moving things, and move stuff from my daughters' bedroom as well (their bedroom is also suspect, though not as much).  My children then slept in the living room.

Hopefully, management will be able to fix the problem!  If not, we'll begin the dreaded "let's look for a new place to live" routine, followed with "let's destroy our backs and pack everything now".

It wouldn't be so bad if everything were still in boxes, but unfortunately, we've done a lot of unpacking these last few weeks.  (Well, technically, my wife has done most of the unpacking; I've been at work most of the time.)


  1. Seriously, the city requires you to move? Anyway, congrats on the new baby!

  2. Indirectly, actually: we were living in a two-bedroom apartment, and adding a third child into the mix meant that we violated zoning laws. Thus, we had to find a three-or-more-bedroom place when our lease expired.

    I appreciate the extra room, but I don't like having to move because of some city ordinance!

  3. This could and probably is a mold problem. Say that to management and you will get their attention.

  4. As we've sought advice from friends and family, we've received two seemingly-conflicting pieces of advice: focus on the mold (and the health-related problems), or focus on the structural problems (and the resulting safety concerns).

    In thinking about this, we've decided to focus on both, because they're actually closely related: if there are structural problems, mold is likely to grow; if mold is growing, it's likely because of structural problems that are allowing water to get to places that it shouldn't be.

    We'll be keeping management informed of our decisions! We may also have to get some sort of inspector involved, as well...