Borehamwood mum Kelly Loxam 'at a loss of what to do' after living in mouldy Borehamwood flat for eight years

Borehamwood Times: Kelly Loxam, with two-year-old Tess Kelly Loxam, with two-year-old Tess

The damp in a mother’s flat is so bad it caused mould to grow on her children’s teddy bears.

Kelly Loxam, of Theobold Street, Borehamwood, has been living with “hazardous and filthy” mould on the walls of her flat for the last eight years.

Miss Loxam said the last straw was when she was clearing out her daughter’s room and noticed the bed-frame and sentimental teddy bears were covered in spools of mould.

Her housing association, Affinity Sutton, cleaned the walls in January – but the 29-year-old said it returned thick and fast just six-weeks-later.

Despite suffering from painful auto-immune condition Lupus, she constantly scrubs the walls with mould killer and bleach, but nothing keeps the fungi at bay.

She said: “It is devastating – just last week I had to throw some of children’s teddy bears out because they were so mouldy.

“It smells absolutely disgusting when you walk in to the flat. I am embarrassed to have my friends over because I do not know what they will think.

“I rarely go out now because it makes me so miserable and depressed. I have tried everything. It is not normal for a person to have to bleach the walls from top to bottom."

The mould covers the walls in the Miss Loxam’s bedroom, the children’s room and the bathroom.

She added: “I am too scared to even let the kids have a bath at home because there is so much mould in the bathroom, so we go to wash at my auntie’s house now.

“My Lupus is deteriorating, my joints hurt and I am prone to infections - the stress of living in a mouldy flat does not help. I am at a loss for what to do.”

In a desperate bid to find a way to clear the problem, she asked Affinity Sutton to install a vent in one of the rooms – but she fears it is too small to make a difference.

Her two daughters, Hallie, eight, and Tess, two, are also constantly plagued by breathing troubles, which Miss Loxam believes are caused by the mould.

She was once forced to phone paramedics when Tess went blue in the face after a coughing fit and the children are constantly in and out of hospital.

Miss Loxam added: “Hallie is missing so much time from school because she is always ill so I am worried about her education.

“I am now obsessed with everything the kids do, making sure they do not go anywhere near the mould but I cannot wrap them up in cotton wool. It is crazy.”

A statement from Affinity Sutton said: “We are sorry that Kelly is still experiencing problems with her home.  Following the works we have already undertaken we will be visiting her again to see what else we can do and what further advice we can give.”

Comments (7)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

6:08pm Sat 8 Dec 12

bumblecherry says...

I too live in a stinky, damp (Riverside HA) flat, been here for 10 years and I suffer from sarcoidosis, arthritis, asthma and allergies.
I have done several common sense things to lessen the problem (but have yet to try contacting the local paper) to get rid of the mouldy walls and damp carpet...
Don't put furniture up against the damp wall (usually the outside wall) to allow airflow to the area, also, keep the heating on and a window open in the winter (I know...it costs but it helps get rid of the problem).
When having a bath/shower keep the door closed and don't dry clothes indoors (at least not in the damp room!).
Don't use bleach if you have breathing problems (duh!) use 3tbs white vinegar and 1tsp of borax in a couple of cups of hot water.
I too live in a stinky, damp (Riverside HA) flat, been here for 10 years and I suffer from sarcoidosis, arthritis, asthma and allergies. I have done several common sense things to lessen the problem (but have yet to try contacting the local paper) to get rid of the mouldy walls and damp carpet... Don't put furniture up against the damp wall (usually the outside wall) to allow airflow to the area, also, keep the heating on and a window open in the winter (I know...it costs but it helps get rid of the problem). When having a bath/shower keep the door closed and don't dry clothes indoors (at least not in the damp room!). Don't use bleach if you have breathing problems (duh!) use 3tbs white vinegar and 1tsp of borax in a couple of cups of hot water. bumblecherry
  • Score: 0

12:06pm Sun 9 Dec 12

Warriorftheshire says...

Me and my pregnant partner live near to Miss Loxam and it is outrageous that the Hosing Association have not managed to fix this for her and her children. Especially when its causing such an effect on their health. We have the same problem with the damp and mould and have tried everything but its the Hosing association that need to do their part. It just highlights the lack of management to repair problems like this, They rely too often on 'quick fix' solutions instead of taking the time to properly solve the issues.
Me and my pregnant partner live near to Miss Loxam and it is outrageous that the Hosing Association have not managed to fix this for her and her children. Especially when its causing such an effect on their health. We have the same problem with the damp and mould and have tried everything but its the Hosing association that need to do their part. It just highlights the lack of management to repair problems like this, They rely too often on 'quick fix' solutions instead of taking the time to properly solve the issues. Warriorftheshire
  • Score: 0

5:54pm Sun 9 Dec 12

mr.taxpayer says...

I've lost count of the amount of 'mould in my flat' stories recently, what is wrong with these people?

As I said before, we had a REALLY bad mould problem from the previous tenants when we moved in, always drying clothes indoors and never opening their windows, all the walls were black and mouldy.

We bought a dehumidifier from Argos in the middle of winter, and left it in each room for about a week at a time, windows open and heating on. (as another post says, yes it's expensive, but hey it will solve the problem)

Don't get me wrong, I think AfSutt are a disgrace with their total lack of investment in any properties, but things like mould are 99% of the time solveable with some open windows and a bit of heating.

Our mould hasn't been back for nearly 6 years now, so I know what I'm talking about...
I've lost count of the amount of 'mould in my flat' stories recently, what is wrong with these people? As I said before, we had a REALLY bad mould problem from the previous tenants when we moved in, always drying clothes indoors and never opening their windows, all the walls were black and mouldy. We bought a dehumidifier from Argos in the middle of winter, and left it in each room for about a week at a time, windows open and heating on. (as another post says, yes it's expensive, but hey it will solve the problem) Don't get me wrong, I think AfSutt are a disgrace with their total lack of investment in any properties, but things like mould are 99% of the time solveable with some open windows and a bit of heating. Our mould hasn't been back for nearly 6 years now, so I know what I'm talking about... mr.taxpayer
  • Score: 0

11:00am Mon 10 Dec 12

poshiesymons says...

we have mould on the ceilings in our 2 front bedrooms and one wall where we live (milby court) we have our windows open throughout the winter ,the main problem is that above these rooms is a balcony/walkway where rain water sits and never drains away also to the left of my daughters room is an old locked off bin room which is open to the elements and rain water just sits there ,sometimes up to 6 inches deep! and to add to this the fact that both of these rooms are north facing and in a dark corner doesnt help. we had a dehumidifier and we had to empty sometimes up to 3 times a day ! afsh dont ever solve the problem , they might come round and rip your walpare off on the affected areas and spray some paint on it but thats about all the help you will get .god forbid that you ever fall behind by a week on your rent though, because you might get a nice notice to seek possesion !
we have mould on the ceilings in our 2 front bedrooms and one wall where we live (milby court) we have our windows open throughout the winter ,the main problem is that above these rooms is a balcony/walkway where rain water sits and never drains away also to the left of my daughters room is an old locked off bin room which is open to the elements and rain water just sits there ,sometimes up to 6 inches deep! and to add to this the fact that both of these rooms are north facing and in a dark corner doesnt help. we had a dehumidifier and we had to empty sometimes up to 3 times a day ! afsh dont ever solve the problem , they might come round and rip your walpare off on the affected areas and spray some paint on it but thats about all the help you will get .god forbid that you ever fall behind by a week on your rent though, because you might get a nice notice to seek possesion ! poshiesymons
  • Score: 0

2:14pm Mon 10 Dec 12

G_Whiz says...

If you are going to dry your clothes indoors - have showers, boil veg etc you will get moisture in your house.

If you don't let that moisture out you will get damp - simple.

Trickle filters in windows and an extractor in the bathroom and kitchen will help.

If you create too much steam, as many people do - no amount of whining and free intervention from housing authorities will help.

poshiesymons - Sounds like you are getting penetrating damp -this should be looked at by an expert, get it fixed and send the bill to the landlord. The Court will be in you're favour if the expert is on you're side!
If you are going to dry your clothes indoors - have showers, boil veg etc you will get moisture in your house. If you don't let that moisture out you will get damp - simple. Trickle filters in windows and an extractor in the bathroom and kitchen will help. If you create too much steam, as many people do - no amount of whining and free intervention from housing authorities will help. poshiesymons - Sounds like you are getting penetrating damp -this should be looked at by an expert, get it fixed and send the bill to the landlord. The Court will be in you're favour if the expert is on you're side! G_Whiz
  • Score: 0

3:00pm Mon 10 Dec 12

poshiesymons says...

oh yeah our windows dont have trickle vents !!! and most of the windows in milby court/lamberton court are fogged up/blown but.............ther
es nothing wrong with them . we have no insulation in these blocks at all, 14 ft wide substandard windows .and what are they doing for us......repainting the stairwells and cutting down some bushes !!!
oh yeah our windows dont have trickle vents !!! and most of the windows in milby court/lamberton court are fogged up/blown but.............ther es nothing wrong with them . we have no insulation in these blocks at all, 14 ft wide substandard windows .and what are they doing for us......repainting the stairwells and cutting down some bushes !!! poshiesymons
  • Score: 0

7:25am Wed 12 Dec 12

matt-dye says...

My Mum had damp in her passage for years,my old man tried to sort it but couldn't so I rang the council and they didnt do anything at all. Hope this girl gets her damp problem sorted.
My Mum had damp in her passage for years,my old man tried to sort it but couldn't so I rang the council and they didnt do anything at all. Hope this girl gets her damp problem sorted. matt-dye
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree