Update on the LEAK - not good news.
My Homeowners Association has hired a contractor, Art, to act as project manager, and per his request, he is hiring third party companies to do the repairs and testing. He really seems to know what he's doing.
Last weekend there were two roofers fixing leaks in my and my neighbor's roof (adjoining). He said there were three areas that needed to be fixed. The way my neighbor's roof was configured, any rain runoff in one area was going directly into our common wall, and probably has been for years and years. Finally it came through the wallboard and I saw the water stain.
After a week of beautiful weather, it just started raining, and I'm sure glad the roof is okay now.
I came home from work on Wednesday, and Art had opened up a square in the wall of my bedroom. He said they pulled it back, and it tilted back the baseboard. He saw black and green mold on the inside of the baseboard, and the inner wall area was infested with ants, spiders and termites. He said he put his screwdriver into the supporting beam, and it went right in. So they put the cutout back and sealed it off. They sealed off a portion of the room from the end of my bed to the wall, put in zippers so they can move from the outer plastic wall, inside and through the next one to the wall. There was a large hepa filter fan running.
When I mentioned I was having a tight chest for the last year and my doctor has me on an inhaler twice a day, Art said to make an appointment right away to get a chest x-ray and be tested for mold. He immediately had the worker seal my entire bedroom off from the rest of the house. They removed all my bedding and took it to my laundry room, then took the mattress into my office/craft room, where Katie and I are now sleeping on the floor. They covered the rest of my bedroom furniture with plastic.
I was able to see a doctor Thursday afternoon, they took a chest x-ray (which was the same as last year's so that was a relief), and I went down the hall for a blood test to check for mold, the results will be available Tuesday or Wednesday. While I was there I also had my flu shot, so I felt like I accomplished a lot in that one visit. I have Kaiser, and I've always been happy with them. I'm feeling hopeful that the mold was contained inside the wall and won't cause me any problems.
When I got home from my doctor's appt on Thursday, Art came by and said the company that is going to do the repairs inspected the area that day, and probably Monday another company is coming to test the air quality. Once all the construction/repairs are done, the testing company will come back to make sure my condo is completely safe.
What a deal. Hopefully in two or three weeks all the work will be done and things will be back to normal. I've been taking Katie to work with me, and she loves it. The first day I kept her in her little carrying crate until the weather outside warmed up, then I put her in the car which I park right in front of our office. She can see me through the window and I can see her. She kept barking, so I finally brought her back in. She just curls into a tiny ball and sleeps in the crate. I take her out for a few walks during the day. I'm surprised she is so content in that little crate all day, but that seems to be her preference.
It's been a quiet weekend for me and Katie - just staying in and taking it easy. I'm actually looking forward to work next week, especially since I am taking Katie with me.
From Me and My Dog, have a nice Sunday evening, everyone! : )