In September of 2019, my friends Caroline and Kurtis bought a house in Wendell, NC. 5 months later they had to ABRUPTLY move out and stay with us/her parents because they discovered stachybotrys and chaetomium mold, the two most toxic molds, and aspergillus mold. The house had no smell and people actually commented on how clean it smelled. So how did they discover the mold?
When they bought the house they had a normal home inspection done as well as additional mold inspections (one visual and three air tests). They did this because Caroline had heard that mold could make people VERY sick and she was on high alert due to chronic diseases she was struggling with. The tests came back showing no signs of mold or active water issues.
After moving in, however, they all got progressively sicker and sicker so Caroline had a gut feeling something wasn't right. They called another mold inspector who recommended a dust test (which then showed extremely unsafe levels of toxic mold).
Additional visual inspections found the source-- which was incorrectly installed windows that had been letting moisture in for years and extensive water damage that had been covered up (and the first inspector had overlooked). It was only found once they started ripping carpet up and deconstructing the walls.
This had a HUGE impact on their health!
Caroline suffered from:
--Auto-immune diseases getting worse
--Unstable thyroid levels (despite intensive efforts to heal and calm her immune system)
--Chronic pain disease and the flares became worse and more frequent
--Recurrent bacterial infections.
Her son, Nathaniel (age 5) suffered from:
Reactive airway disease and given an inhaler.
Her other son, Noah (age 3) suffered from:
Diarrhea and frequent nose bleeds.
Her husband luckily had more subtle symptoms.
However, after moving into a new construction Airbnb and now a long term rental (and after getting rid of $7,000+ of belongings that they couldn't keep) they've been significantly better!
We're SO glad that they're feeling better but their pockets aren't :(.
The overall financial impact on them due to all of this has been:
$7,000+ in lost belongings
$50,000 in Remediation, testing, & reconstruction
$1,000+ in medical costs
Insurance has only offered $5,000!
Anything you can donate (no matter how small) to help them offset the costs that they have accumulated will be forever appreciated and will help this beautiful family be able to slowly get back on their feet! Their family will be SOO grateful to you!!
- Christine Valencia
Organizer and beneficiary
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