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Mould!

I have a problem with mould in 3 bedrooms and now on the ceiling at the top of the stairs. I have informed my Landlord for the 2nd time and he has told me itís due to me not having the heating on high enough or at a constant temperature. I open the windows EVERY day to ventilate the rooms but donít want my heating on all the time. I would like to investigate this further and would be grateful if anyone could recommend a company that I could contact to come out and take a look. All the walls/ceilings that are affected are outside walls and feel very cold to the touch. Many thanks everyone!
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Old 21.01.2020, 21:19
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Re: Mould!

If you are in France, check if there is something like Asloca
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I have a problem with mould in 3 bedrooms and now on the ceiling at the top of the stairs. I have informed my Landlord for the 2nd time and he has told me itís due to me not having the heating on high enough or at a constant temperature. I open the windows EVERY day to ventilate the rooms but donít want my heating on all the time. I would like to investigate this further and would be grateful if anyone could recommend a company that I could contact to come out and take a look. All the walls/ceilings that are affected are outside walls and feel very cold to the touch. Many thanks everyone!
Only one solution. Get out. For your healths sake!
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Re: Mould!

Get a thermometer, a hair hygrometer, and one of those color changing thermometer strips. Attach the latter to the wall. Such strips are available in brew supply or aquarium shops.

Then use a dew point chart or calculator to see if you have to get rid of moister and/or have to heat up the walls.

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but don’t want my heating on all the time
You might need if you do not want mold.
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Old 21.01.2020, 21:37
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Re: Mould!

Also check this link. It has been discussed many times before on this forum:
https://www.google.ch/search?q=site:...+problem&cad=h

The natural tendency of a landlord, in such a situation, is to blame the tenant so the tenant pays for any remedial work.
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Re: Mould!

I had a problem with mould in the apartment I was renting and after waiting for 3 weeks for someone to come and have a look, I ended up buying a dehumidifier- works perfectly and solved the problem.
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Old 22.02.2020, 21:46
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Then use a dew point chart or calculator to see if you have to get rid of moister and/or have to heat up the walls.

Heating up the walls alone will improve the situation as the air will take up more moisture at a higher temperature.

To the OP - can you have the heating on, but at a lower temperature? Is it adjustable?
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Re: Mould!

Most of the people are not aware that in a situation like visible humidity inside the apartment they can demand a discount of 20% on their monthly rent value as long as the problem lasts.
This is in the Swiss law and you can check it in the Asloca site of your canton.
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Re: Mould!

To the OP. Get out! Mould in the bathroom is one thing. And common. But mould in the bedroom!!!
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Old 26.02.2020, 18:33
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Re: Mould!

We had a bit of a problem with mold spots on part of the wall in two rooms in our old apartment (both exterior walls that become quite cold). We told the landlord and they sent a painting company over who first sprayed the walls down with some kind of bleach mixture, to kill the mold, and then re-painted the walls. I know there is also special sprays to use against mold on walls sold in home improvement stores here.
I *think* there may be laws in place in Switzerland regarding a landlord's legal responsibilities to take care of mold issues, but I'm not 100% sure. It does seem like I remember once seeing something about that once, though -- that the landlord is required by law to address the mold issues.
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Re: Mould!

This sounds like a penetrating damp problem.

You need to get someone to look at the roof ASAP.
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