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Wednesday, April 25, 2007
High formaldehyde levels PLUS mold a problem
Yesterday my wife called FEMA to report that a test had shown excessive levels of formaldehyde in our FEMA trailer and to report again about the bathtub leaking. They sounded very irritated that we had a formaldehyde test done by an outside company (we didn't tell them who did the test, only that our pediatrician recommended it). FEMA told us that they would not accept anyone else's test and that we would have to request them to perform a test if we suspect formaldehyde, so we did. Within about an hour a FEMA repair man showed up to look at the leaking tub. The repair man suspected the faucet of causing the leak and wanted to get to the back side of the faucet so he got out his saw and cut a hole in the wall, but when he started cutting the wall crumbled and we found that about two feet of the wall was like that. Once the sheetrock was removed we were able to see that the inside of the wall, studs and insulation were covered in black mold. Also the stud near the floor was rotten, when he stuck his screw driver into the wood the stud crumbled. The repair man got nervous when my wife got her camera and started taking pictures. He said that the mold was not that bad and wouldn't cause any problems so he told my wife she needed to spray it with bleach and that he will be back today to cover it back up. I'm not going to accept that as a solution.