Advice for Renters: Do Not Ignore Signs of Black Mold in Your Apartment

Your landlord will tell you it’s nothing to be concerned about. The previous renters were smokers, he’ll say, and the walls have been permanently stained by nicotine. Or he’ll blame you for burning your scented candles, insisting that the smoke and soot they give off is the reason why everything is turning black. If you go through most of the condo reviews in Singapore, you would know that people often end up suffering because of one bad decision. 

The mysterious infestation appears to specifically target anything that contains even the slightest amount of plastic or vinyl. It attacks window blinds, computers, cups and dishes, plastic containers, trash cans, wall hangings and kitchen appliances, and that’s not all. It is not limited to any one room, and it lands wherever it can. This frighteningly curious invader gets into cupboards and closets, and will even make its way into the refrigerator and freezer, planting itself on ice trays, bottles and cartons, and even the inside walls of the refrigerator itself.

You notice dark streaks on the walls and ceilings. You take down a wall clock to change the battery, and are greeted by a black, circular mark where the clock was hanging. Your new, white vinyl window blinds suddenly display a discolored pattern that was not there before. You find yourself continually trying to remove the “dirt” from your belongings, but nothing short of full strength bleach does the trick. Or does it? Unfortunately, no. The bleach is simply a temporary fix. Within weeks, maybe even days, the mysterious black intruder has returned once again. The damn thing is alive. And it’s floating around your apartment, infecting the air that you are breathing and everything that you are touching.

This is not a fictitious horror story. It is reality. But what is this crazy thing that’s taken over your apartment? It is black mold, and don’t be foolish enough to believe anyone who tells you that it isn’t.

Black mold is extremely unhealthy and dangerous. It does serious harm to an individual’s respiratory system. Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, loss of energy, coughing up phlegm, vomiting, chest pain, back pain, skin conditions, panic attacks and anxiety, and the feeling that your lungs are collapsing are just some of the symptoms of being affected by black mold. And I have experienced them all, so I know of what I speak.

What can you do? Get out of there as soon as you possibly can. You are risking your health by staying. Repeated cleaning and shocking the fungus with bleach will not provide a permanent solution to the problem. The fact is that the entire structure of your residence needs to be gutted and rebuilt. Chemical treatments and other so-called professional remedies are scams, so don’t fall for them. There is only one solution. Do whatever is humanly possible to move out of that “house of horrors” before it’s too late. The effects of black mold can be fatal. Yes, black mold can kill you.

The possibility of permanent damage to your health, once you’ve escaped the clutches of black mold, depends upon length of exposure to the fungus, your own physical resistance, and the condition of your immune system. Most individuals return pretty much to normal after breathing healthy air for a time, while others suffer from related health problems for years to come. This is why it is critical, once you detect the presence of black mold in your apartment, to get away from it as soon as humanly possible.



Julia Arostegi lives in California USA. She took Developmental Communication at the University of California and finished her studies in 2012. She is currently the managing director of California Magazine. She is also a blogger, content enthusiast and a photographer.