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Question DetailsAsked on 7/21/2015

My bedroom floor gets hot, carpet wet, smell mold

This is NO joke.Landlord says this happened due to my bearded dragon's tank,a 1 gall &2 gal. fish tanks All in other rooms. Also he said it is because I had plastic on my box spring to keep it clean. He now advises I have to get rid of these pets. He lifted the carpet and there is a crack in the concrete. I advised him during the last earthquake I heard an "ocean" under my bed.He says I could be responsible for $10k for the building due tp the mold. My daughter'mattress in a diff room has no problem and her bed is on floor. I have complained for months one side of my bed gets hot and anything you lay on that side of the floor gets hot and smells.Please Help. There is no condensation in any tank. I have had breathing /migraines since earthquake.

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You should be able to convince him there is no wetness in the carpet/flooring near the tanks, and use a thermometer (cheap laser thermometer probably better than stick type) to prove the floor is hotter in one location. Also, a $10-15 stethoscope from a box store could be used to listen to floor (and underlying ceiling if belongs to you) to hear if there is water running - though of course you would have to be sure no one is using water at that time. However, if from a slightly leaking hot water pipe you might or might not hear the water running if the amount is small.

My guess - embedded (or if slab-on-grade, possibly underslab) hot water pipe leaking, and maybe during earthquake opened up to a significant flow for a short time.

Another solution would be to move the bed and, with him, pull back the carpet and use laser thermometer and moisture meters (rent cheaply at tool rental place or Home Depot) to check concrete for moisture - sounds like your bed is on the floor (not good for mildew in the mattress issues) and could be trapping moisture from the concrete that would otherwise evaporate into the room with no problem. Elevating your bed on a metal box spring bedframe would possibly eliminate the issue, though if the carpet is moldy that would have to be replaced.

For an expert, probably an Indoor Air Quality expert with an infrared camera to check out the floor would be the best bet - or a Mold Remediation expert to assess the source of the water causing the mold. Perhaps get him to agree to pay if shown to not be caused bhy your tanks - but certainly if they were the cause you would be adding a LOT of water to them every day or few.

You may also be able to get help from the local public agency dealing with rental housing violations.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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