Friday, February 13, 2009


Aye caramba, it only gets worse. Our basement water problem has evolved into a biomedical hazard. Apparently our headaches, fatigue, flu-like symptoms, short-term memory loss, general malaise, and my son's perpetually runny nose can all be attributed to the nasty mold behind the baseboards of our rotting basement. Ewwww. Sick, sick, sick.

Okay, as you already know, I skew towards the melodramatic, but all the same, get a load of these:

Yes, that black stuff at the bottom of the wall is MOLD. Gross. And the second photo highlights the nasty gooey-ness of our subfloor. You can't imagine the stink. Anyway, I probably won't be blogging for a while as there is even more to do in the Baart house than we originally thought. Sigh. Oh well, at least my house smells like bleach now.

I'll leave you with a photo of me all decked out in my working grubbies. The flour sack around my mouth and nose is so that I don't pass out from the fumes. I swear, if you look really close you can actually see the bleachy goodness wafting through the air... Ooh, and take a good look at the bottom picture--I'll post updates as we re-finish the entire basement. From flooring to fixtures, it's getting a total makeover.


  1. oh my goodness! the horrors! i'm so sorry! this looks awful, seriously. my husband and i are in the middle of trying to buy a house, and since we are young and its our first house, all we can really afford are foreclosures - so i am freaked out that the house we end up in will have mold or foundation problems or roof stuff or something huge that we can't afford. i feel for you - i hope things get better soon!

  2. Thanks, Stacey. Good luck to you, too, as you embark on the sometimes perilous but usually fun journey of homeownership. My only advice for you is the penny's worth of info I know about plumbing (thanks to this disaster): if you live in a neighborhood with mature trees, dump root-kill down your toilets twice a year. There you go, I hope that little tidbit saves you the headache of what we're currently going through! :)