Singapore homeowner finds horrifying black patches on HDB flat walls before she even moves in

PHOTO: Facebook/Newme Joyce

[Update, April 2]:

In their response to AsiaOne on Tuesday (April 2), HDB stated that from their investigation, the mould on the walls was “likely caused by the wall coming into excessive contact with water during the washing of the flat”, without it being allowed to dry properly.

HDB added that they will arrange for the walls to be replaced "on a goodwill basis" if necessary.

Below is their statement, in full: 

"HDB received feedback from the resident over the weekend. Our investigation of the flat this morning indicated that the mould was likely caused by the wall coming into excessive contact with water during the washing of the flat. If the windows are kept closed before the floor and wall can dry properly, the damp condition could promote the growth of mould.

"We will be meeting the resident to discuss how best to remove the mould from the walls. If necessary, we will arrange for the building contractor to replace the affected dry walls on a goodwill basis.

"We have not received similar feedback from other residents in the precinct. To keep the walls in good condition, residents are advised not to wash dry walls with excessive water, and to use a damp cloth to remove any dirt and stains instead. For good ventilation, they should keep their windows open after washing the floors."


[Original article, April 1]:

If only this was a vinyl wallpaper. But, it's not.

A Singaporean lady made a horrifying find in her HDB flat less than a month after she had collected the keys to her house. 

In a viral Facebook post by user Newme Joyce, she described her shock in finding big black patches that formed on all over the walls before she even moved in.

The post, which was published on Saturday (March 30), has received almost two thousand shares and hundreds of comments at the point of writing. 

The photos in the post show the dark patches on the wall, as well as a section that appears to be damp. 

Furious commentators took to the comments, discouraging her from staying in the flat. Others also highlighted that the spots could be mouldy growths, which may pose a health hazard.

Photo: Facebook
Photo: Facebook
Photo: Facebook

The affected flat is reportedly located in Tampines, and Joyce has also created a separate Facebook post to tag the People's Action Party (PAP) and Tampines GRC MP Baey Yam Keng.

Both have commented on her post, assuring her that they will assist in investigations. Baey added that a check by HDB did not find any water pipe leakage.

AsiaOne has reached out to HDB for comment. 

Photo: Facebook
Photo: Facebook

In an interview with AsiaOne, Joey Feng from local mould removal company, Mold Busters, said that from photos, the patches appear to be mould.

According to the Mayo Clinic website, people who are allergic to mould spores may suffer breathing difficulties or even acute allergic reactions.

Feng further explained that a "random sampling" of the mould has to be done to determine its health implications, as different species of mould may be present at the same time. 

While a cause has yet to be found for Joyce's possible mould problem, Feng said that cases like these could be due to damp surfaces.

Contributing factors may include high humidity in the flat, a lack of ventilation, or water leakage from behind the wall. 

kimberlyfoo@asiaone.com

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