Ugh Freaking Out

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JBird3010's picture
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Ugh Freaking Out

So a little bit ago, my husband happened to call me when I was in the bathroom (always good timing) and I mentioned to him that the water seemed awfully low in the toilet all of a sudden and the drain in the shower looked like it was stopped up. So he had me go check in our other bathroom thats in our bedroom, that we dont use because it's too small and needs remodeling, to see what the water was like in that toilet. So I open the door to the bathroom and it smells horrendous in there and I look over to the shower and the shower pan is covered in what appears to be a ton of black mold! Now I'm probably over exaggerating and it's probably not black mold, but what else could it be? Anyway, I breathed in while I was in there, and now I'm really worried that I just breathed in fresh black mold. Please reassure me that for 1, it isnt black mold, and for 2, that the baby and I are going to be ok.

Also, sorry for the TMI about our sewer problems, but I dont want to ask my mom and freak her out over nothing and my husband is already worrying about whats wrong with our sewer system, so I dont want to worry him anymore.

Anyway, thanks for listening to my rant.

MrsRiggert's picture
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Ok I looked it up because I know if it were me I would be freaking out and wanting an answer NOW. Here's what I'm thinking... It is black and it could be mold but it could (and most likely is) "sludge" or other sewer build up. From what I've read, black mold is most often the mold you find in attics, air ducts, and walls. It's the type of mold that isn't WET (like standing water) but comes from dampness. I hope this makes some sort of sense.

This being said...breathing in the fumes from the sludge probably didn't do any harm to baby BUT I'm no expert. If you're super freaked out give the OB a call just to make sure. I don't think you exposed yourself or baby to anything that will cause you two harm but I definately wouldn't wait to get the issue fixed. (Which I'm sure since you said it smells you're wanting to get rid of it soon also)

JBird3010's picture
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Oh, thank you so much!! Sludge does sound much more reasonable. LOL I'm going to atleast wait until my husband gets home, in about an hour, and let him decide what it is. If he thinks its ok, then I'll feel much better. Like I said, I just took a quick glance over there, I didnt want to be sticking my face in it. LOL Ok sludge sludge sludge, hopefully!

jolly11sd's picture
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I was thinking something like sludge too but I couldn't think of the word. Basically backed up sewer stuff from your pipes. Not only can it be black and nasty from what goes down the drain but also if you've had tree roots break through your pipe somewhere then it can be really black from that as dirt and other ground water stuff can get into your pipes.

ShylahEQ's picture
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Unless that drain is one you never use / run water through, it's highly unlikely for it to be black mold. The constant flow of water would keep it too wet for the build up to occur. Sounds like you have a sewer back up somewhere along the line. Most likely are going to need the outside drain rodded.

Friend of mine has this happen when a root went through a pipe under the house. Icky!

JBird3010's picture
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Well of course now I sound like a dummy for freaking out, and y'all all probably think that we're disgusting sewer people! LOL Sorrry ladies!! We do have a lot of unneccessary roots around our house, so it would be probable that a root broke through our pipes. Lovely!

jolly11sd's picture
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No, not at all. That stuff stinks and if I didn't already know what it was I'd probably freak out too. Could totally happen to anyone, especially if you've got a lot of roots or trees around.

mommyof1.5's picture
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Black mold in that quantity isn't usually a HUGE deal until you've been breathing it in for a long time, and/or stir it up, get the dust into the air, or something like that. I would also lean toward the *gunk* from pipes. Either way, yuck! It just means you're a good mama, if you're trying to make sure that baby stays healthy!

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so what was it? sounds like sludge to me

gl with the plumbing Smile

JBird3010's picture
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Well the definite good thing is that it is just sludge! Bad thing is, is that our sewer is backed up so we cant run the water or flush the toilets (not good for a pregnant woman that has to pee every 30 minutes!). My husband didnt get home until after the water company closed (which is at 4:00, how bogus is thar?!) so we couldnt get them to come out to see if this is something they can fix. And the emergency number that they gave on their answering machine just rings and rings with no voicemail. Sooo my husband has to take tomorrow off, wait until the water company opens at 8 and see if they can clean the pipes, and if they cant, he's going to have to rent a snake to clean the pipes out himself! Bleh

Thank you ladies for your concern. I guess being a mom makes you a little overly concerned about some things! Blum 3

youngmom08's picture
Joined: 06/23/11
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I'm glad you both got it figured out. Black mold would definitely have freaked me out, so I'm glad it is something that isn't harmful to you and baby. Hopefully everything goes okay with the water company and they have gotten everything figured out for you. I can't imagine not being able to run water or flush the toilet so I hope it was a quick and easy fix.

PsycheGal's picture
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So sorry your sewer is being a PITA!!!! We do NOT think you are gross sewer people LOL You are so funny!

We once had a back up so bad all the toilets and showers pretty much exploded with it. It was very strange but I guess it was flooding with water and there was a break in a line somewhere and they found tree roots had gotten in -- it was such a mess -- and a very expensive one to fix too!

I hope you can get it resolved fast!!!

JBird3010's picture
Joined: 01/21/11
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We did end up having to wait until the next day for someone to come out..we called in the morning and four hours later they showed up, of course then it only took them 5 minutes to fix it! They just used some kind of expander thing and it cleaned it out. They're supposed to come back out sometime (who knows when) to do a clean out in the neighboorhood.

KET_2010's picture
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Glad they got it cleaned out fast and that they're doing the rest of the neighborhood!

Also glad you got everything figured out!

PsycheGal's picture
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YAY That's awesome glad nothing major was wrong with the plumbing!

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