Witham mum's concern over mouldy bedroom

Braintree and Witham Times: Witham mum's concern over mouldy bedroom Witham mum's concern over mouldy bedroom

A Witham mum is concerned for the health of her baby amid claims a housing association has failed to sort out on a damp problem in her flat.

Former Alec Hunter Humanities College pupil Tiffany Knight, 21, is living in a one-bed Humber Road flat.

She said: “The mould is in mine and my son’s bedroom, which is really really bad.
“It’s about a foot up the wall and it’s all around near his cot and my bed, which has made my bed damp and one of his blankets very very damp.

“I’m very concerned about my son’s health because he is only four months old.
“I have washed and bleached the mould but it just comes back and that’s a day after cleaning.”

A Greenfields spokesman said: "We were first notified of the problem by Miss Knight on 31 January 2013, and our independent consultant visited her at her convenience on 19 February 2013 to investigate the issues.

"The consultant identified that the cause was condensation, and noted that the trickle vents in the windows were closed, preventing air circulation. In addition, portable electric heating was being used despite modern gas central heating having been installed in 2007.

"The consultant left Miss Knight some advice around controlling and preventing condensation. Miss Knight reported a repair on 20 May 2013 concerning boiler pressure levels, which we responded to on 23 May 2013. We did not hear from Miss Knight again until 23 January 2014, when she again raised the issue of condensation. We have once again advised Miss Knight on the best way to address this issue.

"We are always happy to work in partnership with our residents to address issues like this in our properties."
 

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11:29am Sat 1 Feb 14

strawberry1 says...

So I'm guessing as she's a greenfields resident it's a council flat, new babyand chances of miss knight working are pretty slim, all I can say is stop complaining if it's that bad, go and get a job and save up for a proper place to live in! Sick of people going to the papers to complain about mouldy horrible 'homes' which they are getting for free! You should be grateful!!!
So I'm guessing as she's a greenfields resident it's a council flat, new babyand chances of miss knight working are pretty slim, all I can say is stop complaining if it's that bad, go and get a job and save up for a proper place to live in! Sick of people going to the papers to complain about mouldy horrible 'homes' which they are getting for free! You should be grateful!!! strawberry1
  • Score: 18

12:30pm Sat 1 Feb 14

pierre-pierre says...

what does she want us tax payers to do?

quote
"The consultant identified that the cause was condensation, and noted that the trickle vents in the windows were closed, preventing air circulation. In addition, portable electric heating was being used despite modern gas central heating having been installed in 2007.

"The consultant left Miss Knight some advice around controlling and preventing condensation. Miss Knight reported a repair on 20 May 2013 concerning boiler pressure levels, which we responded to on 23 May 2013. We did not hear from Miss Knight again until 23 January 2014, when she again raised the issue of condensation. We have once again advised Miss Knight on the best way to address this issue.
what does she want us tax payers to do? quote "The consultant identified that the cause was condensation, and noted that the trickle vents in the windows were closed, preventing air circulation. In addition, portable electric heating was being used despite modern gas central heating having been installed in 2007. "The consultant left Miss Knight some advice around controlling and preventing condensation. Miss Knight reported a repair on 20 May 2013 concerning boiler pressure levels, which we responded to on 23 May 2013. We did not hear from Miss Knight again until 23 January 2014, when she again raised the issue of condensation. We have once again advised Miss Knight on the best way to address this issue. pierre-pierre
  • Score: 8

3:12pm Sat 1 Feb 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Here we go again. Yet another supposed adult responsible for a child without it would seem the slightest idea of the basics of day to day living in a modern domestic environment.

This is not a story about a housing association that has failed to sort out a damp problem in a flat, it is a story about an inadequate person who has failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the accumulation of damp induced mould in the first instance.

How is it that we have people who have supposedly undergone a basic standard of education who are not even aware of such fundamentals as the cause and effects of condensation and the simple steps (like ventilation) which will avoid it in the first instance.

It doesn’t bode too well for the reputation of Alec Hunter Humanities College does it?

What’s that I hear someone say? “Don’t blame the College - It was branded 'inadequate' by Ofsted in 2012; categorised as being a school that had serious weaknesses; and awarded the lowest grades for the quality of teaching and achievement of pupils. Can’t possibly have expected them to have inculcated Miss Knight with much awareness of simple physics on that basis can we”?

Got a point there.

Give me strength!
Here we go again. Yet another supposed adult responsible for a child without it would seem the slightest idea of the basics of day to day living in a modern domestic environment. This is not a story about a housing association that has failed to sort out a damp problem in a flat, it is a story about an inadequate person who has failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the accumulation of damp induced mould in the first instance. How is it that we have people who have supposedly undergone a basic standard of education who are not even aware of such fundamentals as the cause and effects of condensation and the simple steps (like ventilation) which will avoid it in the first instance. It doesn’t bode too well for the reputation of Alec Hunter Humanities College does it? What’s that I hear someone say? “Don’t blame the College - It was branded 'inadequate' by Ofsted in 2012; categorised as being a school that had serious weaknesses; and awarded the lowest grades for the quality of teaching and achievement of pupils. Can’t possibly have expected them to have inculcated Miss Knight with much awareness of simple physics on that basis can we”? Got a point there. Give me strength! OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 8

3:37pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Jack222 says...

Open the window to let the flat breathe. Use a heater to warm the area if needed. Do something for yourself...
Open the window to let the flat breathe. Use a heater to warm the area if needed. Do something for yourself... Jack222
  • Score: 5

3:38pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Jack222 says...

And use the central heating!
And use the central heating! Jack222
  • Score: 5

10:00pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Beck 1 says...

I live in a Greenfields property and they do offer advice on how to treat the mould. Leave vents open, clean with an anti mould spray. Close bathroom and kitchen doors at all times, wipe condensation off windows daily and keep heating at a constant level etc. We do all of this and we've purchased a dehumidifier and there is still damp on the wall. My home cannot have cavity wall insulation as the cavity is too small and so the wall is constantly cold. The damp is always worse this time of year when it's constantly cold and wet. Damp will only be sorted by Greenfields if there is a tidal mark on the wall which suggests a more severe problem. As tenants we do have to take a certain amount of responsibility and help our own situation.
I was told this time around not to use bleach, but use a specific dettol spray as the bleaching does not work.
I live in a Greenfields property and they do offer advice on how to treat the mould. Leave vents open, clean with an anti mould spray. Close bathroom and kitchen doors at all times, wipe condensation off windows daily and keep heating at a constant level etc. We do all of this and we've purchased a dehumidifier and there is still damp on the wall. My home cannot have cavity wall insulation as the cavity is too small and so the wall is constantly cold. The damp is always worse this time of year when it's constantly cold and wet. Damp will only be sorted by Greenfields if there is a tidal mark on the wall which suggests a more severe problem. As tenants we do have to take a certain amount of responsibility and help our own situation. I was told this time around not to use bleach, but use a specific dettol spray as the bleaching does not work. Beck 1
  • Score: 3

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