Wednesday, November 15, 2006

MOLD!


Well, we just had a four day weekend here at the University of Calgary. You would think that I would be well rested, and ready for teaching today, but I am totally exhausted. The reason? MOLD! YUK! This weekend started out well enough because I was going to thoroughly clean my house. I actually enjoy cleaning, so I attacked my house with a vengence. After I had done all of the laundry, tidied and scrubbed the kitchen, straightened out the dining room and shampooed the carpets in the living room, I was ready for the cleaning that never gets done. I thought I would start with the cupboard underneath the sink. I actually hadn't cleaned it since I moved into my house in September 2005. Anyway, I emptied out all of half used cleaning products, empty coffee cans and worn out sponges and I noticed that there was water at the back of the cupboard. I went and got out a flash light, and to my horror I saw there was black mold all over the back wall of the cupboard. ARGH. Black mold can be totally dangerous. Even worse, after further inspection, I noticed that the back wall was rotting away because of the water, and that the countertop behind the sink had totally rotted away because of dripping water. You see, my taps have been dripping for about a year, but I never did anything about it. Why did I leave it so long??????? ARGH. Anyway, I went to London Drugs and bought a million powerful cleaning products and started to dry out my cupboard. Then I went to Home Depot and I bought some new washers (tiny rubber rings) for the taps. I changed the washers in my taps, and they stopped leaking. It was so easy, and it only cost three dollars. Argh. I wish I had fixed them a year ago when the problem first started, and then I wouldn't have to deal with BLACK MOLD. Anyway, after the water dried out, I vacuumed away all of the rotted plaster and wood, and then I thoroughly cleaned the area with a super powerful bleach cleaner. After that I sprayed everything with Lysol (guarenteed to kill mold and mildew). The problem was the cleaning products were so strong that I almost puked. I had to get out of the house. The fumes were awful.


Anyway, I hope everyone can learn from my mistake. Fix small problems before they become big ones.

9 comments:

adelheid said...

hmm...when i looked at the pic a thaught it was a cookie or something...haha...eeeeuu...! i'm sorry for you!

Carolyn said...

I agree with you Scott; do small stuff as soon as you can so it's not a monster task later on! I hate mold too.. it's so gross. My sister NEVER cleans her room, and once she found what USED to be a glass of Coca Cola, which turned into a class of a funny blackish-bluish fuzzy substance.

WHO"S HUNGRY NOW? Lets go have lunch!

salia said...

I can exactlly understand your feeling because I've had the same experience. However, after cleaning, I slept perfect at nisght...didn't you?

chenzhenfei said...

After the bad luck has been experienced, the good luck will come.

Karen said...

I hope the fumes are gone and you can enjoy your nice clean, mold-free house.

SabRina said...

When I saw this pic, i thought this is a cheese cake........

Abdullah said...

Oh, yeah! I know how awful it feels when small problems accumulate and become big with the time. It is totally annoying!

Do you enjoy cleaning? I do too! Isn't it amazing? :D

BadKitty said...

yikes! My friend's house is really humid for some reason and he had this black mold coming out of the corner of his ceiling!! It freaked me out becuase it was like the GRUDGE girl in that creepy movie! Everytime I went over I kept saying, "Look up! AAHHH! It's the grudge!" Finally he took a million cleaning products and scrubbed the heck out of it until it was almost gone! So there you go Scott, you are not the only mold grower out there..... :P

stace said...

Yuck... remind me never to go to your house for dinner!!!!!
Just kidding, that is a lot of work to get rid of though, we had a huge flood in Toronto before I left and my parents basement was FULL of mold, they had to tear out the carpet and replace drywall and everything down there. Big job!