‘My son is always poorly’: Mother, 28, fears her one-year-old son’s respiratory illness is linked to mouldy home which leaves his pillows ‘damp’ and sees their walls covered in spores
- Hannah Williams, 28, lives in two-bed Gloucester City Homes property in Matson
- She reported the mould to her landlord last year after noticing a horrible smell
A mother fears her one-year-old son’s respiratory illness is linked to their mouldy home which leaves his pillows ‘damp’ and sees their walls covered in spores.
Hannah Williams, 28, reported the problem to her landlord last year but feels it has not been addressed, while her baby has been in hospital with breathing problems.
She lives with her partner and son in a two bedroom Gloucester City Homes property in Matson. They have lived there for about a year, and last summer Ms Williams noticed a horrible smell in her son’s bedroom.
‘It was June last year we started to notice the damp. There was a funky smell coming from my son’s room so I had a look and saw the wallpaper was bubbling,’ she said.
Hannah Williams (right) fears her one-year-old son’s respiratory illness is linked to their mouldy home which leaves his pillows ‘damp’ and sees their walls covered in spores
The mother lives with her partner and son in a two bedroom Gloucester City Homes property in Matson. She said she noticed the mould last year due to a ‘funky smell’ coming from her son’s room, and saw the wallpaper was bubbling
‘I peeled a corner of the wallpaper away and you could see the paper and wall underneath was discoloured with mould spores. Then we discovered the mould had spread through the wall to our bedroom which is next to my son’s room.
‘We live in a ground floor flat and damp is coming through the front of the building through the damp course.’
Ms Williams reported the issue to Gloucester City Homes, which is an independent housing association.
She said work was authorised by the landlord to have contractors visit the home to deal with the problem.
‘My son has been in hospital because he had bronchiolitis and is prone to ears, nose and throat problems. Before we could not figure out why, but I think it is because of all the damp and mould around the flat,’ said the mother.
‘Contractors were meant to come out and treat the three walls for damp and mould but they only did the corner where I had peeled the wallpaper away.’
Ms Williams said it has been a struggle to transition her little boy from sharing with her to his own room.
Ms Williams reported the problem to her landlord last year but feels it has not been addressed, while her baby has been in hospital with breathing problems
‘We tried to transition our son to his own room. When we were going to put him to bed, his pillows were wet from the damp in the room,’ she said.
‘We have had him in bed with us which means no one gets any sleep. My son is always poorly, and this needs to be sorted.’
Gloucester City Homes said they will continue to monitor the situation.
Director of Homes and Sustainability at Gloucester City Homes Robert Panou said: ‘We understand Mrs Williams’ concerns about damp and mould in her home, and we are mindful that she has a young child in her household.
‘We treat all cases of damp and mould in our properties seriously and we have been working with Mrs Williams to resolve her concerns as quickly as we can.
‘We arranged hotel accommodation for the family whilst work was being done in their home on a range of repairs and improvements. We also engaged an external expert to provide independent advice and have offered some thermal improvements under our energy efficiency programme.
‘We are confident that these repairs and improvements, together with other preventative measures that the customer can take, will resolve the reported issues. We will continue to monitor the situation.’
MailOnline has contacted Gloucester City Homes for further comment.
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