Blackburn home plagued by mould

This Is Lancashire: Paul Eccles points out damp in the Twin Valley Homes’ house he shares with 30-week pregnant wife Mavis Paul Eccles points out damp in the Twin Valley Homes’ house he shares with 30-week pregnant wife Mavis

A MOTHER-to-be has had to throw away a cot and pram due to mould in her home.

Mavis Eccles is 30 weeks pregnant and she and husband Paul bought the goods in anticipation of their newborn’s arrival but were distraught when they noticed they had turned mouldy.

Mr Eccles said he had complained about mould, damp and condensation since they moved into the Twin Valley property in Skye Crescent in Shadsworth, Blackburn in February.

The couple, both 35, have since stored all their baby’s things in a friend’s house.

Mr Eccles said: “We started noticing problems with damp in March and I have telephoned Twin Valley numerous times to complain since then. It’s got to the point where they know my name when I ring up.

“They’ve sent inspectors but say they can’t do anything and advise us to keep our windows open as there is no ventilation.

“We’ve sat with the windows open, just burning fuel on heating but it costs a fortune and we just can’t do it.

“We’ve scrubbed the walls with anti-mould spray and re-painted it with anti-mould paint but nothing we do is helping.

“My child is due in February and we just do not want to bring a child into this house.”

The couple are on a waiting list for a new Twin Valley home.

Twin Valley’s head of housing Ian Bell said: “Our specialist staff have been out to look at the problem and we have been advised it is condensation.

“Condensation can be tackled if the property is suitably ventilated and to help this, we are planning to install extractor fans in the very near future. This should alleviate the problem.”

Meanwhile, mother-of-two Samantha Fielding said her home in Stonyhurst Road, Blackburn had been plagued with damp since she moved in five years ago.

The 25-year-old said: “They just advised me to leave the windows open but with a small child, that wasn’t feasible.

“When I was heavily pregnant with my second child, they advised me to put a new coat of paint on the ceiling.

“My children were suffering because of the walls. I knew I had to move out and eventually got a new home in April.”

She is in dispute with Twin Valley over the non-payment of her notice period rent.

Managing director Ian Clark said she was moving due to wanting a house, not a flat – rather than repairs issues.

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10:08pm Fri 13 Dec 13

phil kernot says...

Its a fact people can't afford to. Heat there homes and insulation in the cavity causes more problems than it solves , the only people to benefit from insulation are the company's that are owned by m p s,,
Its a fact people can't afford to. Heat there homes and insulation in the cavity causes more problems than it solves , the only people to benefit from insulation are the company's that are owned by m p s,, phil kernot

10:59pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Pendlesider says...

black mould produces spores that kill. ventilation does not stop the reproduction of mould and is a waste of time and of course money since all heat is lost in winter. Important to note is there is no such thing as 'anti-mould' paint since the temperature difference will always result in the mould spores re-growing. Twin valleys have failed these tennants by refusing to investigate the 'source' of the mould problem. from my experience of mould detection, the picture shows a chemical reaction with poor paint substitute and the substrate plaster (the discolouring follows a gradient) rather than an intense exchange of hot and cold (condense). the picture could of course be a scrubbed wall and as such I would recommend tenants never deal with Twin valley housing due to their lack of knowledge of dealing with serious mould spore distribution in their properties.
black mould produces spores that kill. ventilation does not stop the reproduction of mould and is a waste of time and of course money since all heat is lost in winter. Important to note is there is no such thing as 'anti-mould' paint since the temperature difference will always result in the mould spores re-growing. Twin valleys have failed these tennants by refusing to investigate the 'source' of the mould problem. from my experience of mould detection, the picture shows a chemical reaction with poor paint substitute and the substrate plaster (the discolouring follows a gradient) rather than an intense exchange of hot and cold (condense). the picture could of course be a scrubbed wall and as such I would recommend tenants never deal with Twin valley housing due to their lack of knowledge of dealing with serious mould spore distribution in their properties. Pendlesider

9:27am Sat 14 Dec 13

ricktam1 says...

I have been a Twin Valley homes tenant for 7 years and have the same problem in my home. Twin Valley are refusing to do anything about the problem even when i have produced evidence that my baby is showing signs of chest problems due to mould. The contractor came out and told me black mould wasnt serious and that only green or yellow mould is harmful and that i should open my windows and spray the area with bleach. I think it is disgusting that Twin Valley are doing nothing to tackle this problem.
I have been a Twin Valley homes tenant for 7 years and have the same problem in my home. Twin Valley are refusing to do anything about the problem even when i have produced evidence that my baby is showing signs of chest problems due to mould. The contractor came out and told me black mould wasnt serious and that only green or yellow mould is harmful and that i should open my windows and spray the area with bleach. I think it is disgusting that Twin Valley are doing nothing to tackle this problem. ricktam1

10:40am Sat 14 Dec 13

Pigs on the wing says...

I was on the books with B-with-us & got offered a flat up Shadsworth with Twin Valley,when i went to view it,every single room was riddled with damp from top to bottom. The stench was horrific when you walked through the front door,my dad had given me a lift there to meet them,as i don't drive & he walked straight out within 30 seconds as it was vile! The agent from Twin Valley said all the work to remove the damp would be done before i moved in,if i accepted it. Yet had i accepted it,i would've had to move in within 2 weeks of that date. There's no way on earth,they would or could've done the work needed to make it habitable or healthy to live in,it was the worst i've seen. I also have empyhsema and arthritis,yet they were offering me a property,that was not suitable for anyone,let alone someone with such health problems. I instantly refused and was told that i can only refuse,3 offers from any housing company when on the B-with-us housing list,then i'd be removed off it and have to apply and start all over again,going back to the bottom of the list,which would've meant waiting a few more years to get back to the stage where they'd offer me a property. I also refused another later on,due to similar problems with the offer. Luckily the 3rd offer was fine,on viewing,with Great Places but after moving in i found the stairway was full of damp due to the mortar on the lead flashing being virtually non existing,but once contacted,they sent someone out a month later,to check this & he repaired it instantly. Besides that problem,this property is 100 times better than any Twin Valley property. They are just sharks out to get your rent,regardless!
I was on the books with B-with-us & got offered a flat up Shadsworth with Twin Valley,when i went to view it,every single room was riddled with damp from top to bottom. The stench was horrific when you walked through the front door,my dad had given me a lift there to meet them,as i don't drive & he walked straight out within 30 seconds as it was vile! The agent from Twin Valley said all the work to remove the damp would be done before i moved in,if i accepted it. Yet had i accepted it,i would've had to move in within 2 weeks of that date. There's no way on earth,they would or could've done the work needed to make it habitable or healthy to live in,it was the worst i've seen. I also have empyhsema and arthritis,yet they were offering me a property,that was not suitable for anyone,let alone someone with such health problems. I instantly refused and was told that i can only refuse,3 offers from any housing company when on the B-with-us housing list,then i'd be removed off it and have to apply and start all over again,going back to the bottom of the list,which would've meant waiting a few more years to get back to the stage where they'd offer me a property. I also refused another later on,due to similar problems with the offer. Luckily the 3rd offer was fine,on viewing,with Great Places but after moving in i found the stairway was full of damp due to the mortar on the lead flashing being virtually non existing,but once contacted,they sent someone out a month later,to check this & he repaired it instantly. Besides that problem,this property is 100 times better than any Twin Valley property. They are just sharks out to get your rent,regardless! Pigs on the wing

11:48am Sat 14 Dec 13

useyourhead says...

pay the rent with mouldy cash!
pay the rent with mouldy cash! useyourhead

2:51pm Sat 14 Dec 13

happycyclist says...

Surely they should be better at dealing with this problem than they are. I also rent from TVH and I too have mould on the walls that transfers to just about everything else if I don't keep on top of it -settee, table, bookshelves... even my unicycle! Opening windows doesn't help and neither does the expensive de-humidifier that I ended up buying. Come on TVH, sort yourselves out and do some proper investigation/resear
ch/repair work.
Surely they should be better at dealing with this problem than they are. I also rent from TVH and I too have mould on the walls that transfers to just about everything else if I don't keep on top of it -settee, table, bookshelves... even my unicycle! Opening windows doesn't help and neither does the expensive de-humidifier that I ended up buying. Come on TVH, sort yourselves out and do some proper investigation/resear ch/repair work. happycyclist

8:46pm Sun 15 Dec 13

3 for 10p says...

useyourhead wrote:
pay the rent with mouldy cash!
By the look of him the cash he pays the rent with is the tax payers cash.
[quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: pay the rent with mouldy cash![/p][/quote]By the look of him the cash he pays the rent with is the tax payers cash. 3 for 10p

10:08am Mon 16 Dec 13

payingmyowntaxes says...

How about getting a job and privately renting?! I think at 35 it's embarrassing to be having a child you can't support in a council house and quite frankly people like that do nothing to help themselves all they do is moan no-ones doing everything for them anyway.
How about getting a job and privately renting?! I think at 35 it's embarrassing to be having a child you can't support in a council house and quite frankly people like that do nothing to help themselves all they do is moan no-ones doing everything for them anyway. payingmyowntaxes

10:54am Thu 19 Dec 13

mazx4 says...

I have the same problem I have lived in my house since dec 2012 and had nothing but problems . Had blame put on us saying its because their 6 of us living in a 4 bed house. After having the roof done twice and some fans put in mould seems to not want to leave . We had special paint etc done by twin valley . It's got the point now I have server depression and they think by just getting us another home will help. I'm in no fit state as this house shouldn't of been put up for rent after the previous tenants moved out due to same problem here which is also in telegraph . Feb 2012 . Twin valley do not care in my eyes I have 4 children and mould in my oldests sons bedroom he's 12 with server speech and language impediment disorder he also suffers problems with breathing when born . Theirs also mould in 6 other parts of the house . It's a joke but also this is the second Christmas destroyed by twin valley because of the cold and damp and mould . And worse thing nobody is sorry
I have the same problem I have lived in my house since dec 2012 and had nothing but problems . Had blame put on us saying its because their 6 of us living in a 4 bed house. After having the roof done twice and some fans put in mould seems to not want to leave . We had special paint etc done by twin valley . It's got the point now I have server depression and they think by just getting us another home will help. I'm in no fit state as this house shouldn't of been put up for rent after the previous tenants moved out due to same problem here which is also in telegraph . Feb 2012 . Twin valley do not care in my eyes I have 4 children and mould in my oldests sons bedroom he's 12 with server speech and language impediment disorder he also suffers problems with breathing when born . Theirs also mould in 6 other parts of the house . It's a joke but also this is the second Christmas destroyed by twin valley because of the cold and damp and mould . And worse thing nobody is sorry mazx4

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