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Crappy Apartment?

Sorry for the overshare, but we’re getting desperate.

My girlfriend and I moved to a new apartment at the beginning of February and by the beginning of March we both started to notice that we’ve had virtually nothing but diarrhea several times a day ever since. I went to see my doctor and told him I suspected my symptoms were being caused by something in my new environment and he told me sometimes you can get traveler’s diarrhea from even just changing apartments. He wasn’t even going to give me a requisition form for testing, but I insisted.

He suggested I make several changes to my diet, but that suggestion makes zero sense to me because it’s not like the things that I’ve been consuming for years are going to coincidentally start affecting me all of a sudden after moving and it’s even less likely that my girlfriend would come down with chronic diarrhea for an unrelated reason at the same time. Anyway, I took some of his advice and left some because I’m not going to stop drinking coffee. Efff that, but I digress.

The test results came in: Nothing! No explanation. We stopped drinking tap water, but still use it for cooking, washing dishes brushing teeth, showering and laundry of course. No improvements. We’re no closer to figuring out what’s making us sick than we were three months ago.

My question to all of you is is there any way to commission some sort of municipal authority to conduct tests in our apartment to figure out if there’s anything wrong with the plumbing or materials of the building that could be causing this (at no cost to us, after all not having the place where you live make you sick should be a right)? Has anybody had a similar experience? If it matters, we live in Fairmont Village (Century Park area). It’s a Boardwalk property. We don’t want to move, but if this apartment is making us sick, Boardwalk sure af better do everything they have to to fix this.

Thanks for all of your input in advance.



49 Responses

  1. Bobs Uruncle says:

    Its mould…single biggest killer conspiracy aside from cancer in todays world….Trillions of dollars worth of real estate is useless and worth nothing due to toxic mould ….move out…the Owners will not change anything and will let you get sick up to death…they will never be held accountable in Canada the Systems don’t let us sue like in America we are slaves.Run for your life.

  2. Ashley says:

    Call the landlord and tenant advisory board. They will advise what you can do and what options are available to you as the tenant

  3. Shawna Jones Shawna Jones says:

    Is yr building bug sprayed? Is there mold behind the walls that is hard to detect? Bleach everything. I lived in a place where a fairy ring grew on a hard surface. The building owner refused to replace the counter. I had to soak the counter top with Spray 9 to keep it at bay for a few months. So gross.

  4. Not to mention have bleach become your best friend. Bleach everything constantly. It also helps repel bed bugs and roaches
    Also get bed covers and get bed bug traps. I mean it wont hurt to keep on top of these things

  5. Amber Dawn Amber Dawn says:

    Yikes! Try to not keep on more than you can move in a year from now and don’t hold your breath on your damage deposit being returned.

  6. EPCOR will come and test your water for free (cause it’s their water). If the pipes are bad there will be traces of contaminants in the water (heavy metals or bacteria) and they will pick that up. Unfortunately eliminating one thing of that at a time is the best way to handle something like this.

  7. Gyn Reimer Gyn Reimer says:

    Talk with your neighbours and see if anyone else is having similar symptoms. Try staying away for a week. You should keep a health and food journal. Pls if you get this figured out post an update. Wishing you better health ahead.

  8. I was a restoration tech working for the company boardwalk leases for the floods….. Uhmmm. I can tell you disgusting things about those rental properties.

  9. Candice Ball Candice Ball says:

    Your first mistake was renting through boardwalk. They will not be helpful at all. But yes you can call health and safety to come do an inspection.

  10. Possibility

    Cockroaches are proven or suspected carriers of the organisms that cause the following infections:

    Typhoid Fever
    Cockroaches can also trigger asthma and other allergies as well as spread E.coli, staphylococcus aureus and streptococcus.

  11. Tannis Fong Tannis Fong says:

    A change of water supply is often reason enough.

  12. Definetly have your apartment checked out could be something in the environment

  13. Have you eaten any sausage from a meat shop? I know someone who got an intestinal parasite from butcher shop sausage. Diarrhea was the only symtom, and she had no other issues like cramps or vomiting. It took 2 or 3 repeat tests to diagnose. There was no medication for this. She is fine now.

  14. ACTUALLY, allergies can appear out of nowhere and things you’ve been putting in your body for years can suddenly affect you in negative ways. Just saying. But I don’t think that’s the case here

  15. GP’s are absolutely useless these days… they don’t listen and just pawn you off onto a specialist and it’s taking longer and longer for for proper diagnoses, people are addicted to medications they are prescribing for conditions people don’t even have, it’s very sad the way our health care system has deteriorated. It’s all about $$$$$$

  16. Sounds like a shitty deal

  17. Tom Edward Tom Edward says:

    If the building is older could be the water your drinking ,

    Change to bottled water see if that helps

  18. You can get mould testing kits at places like home Lowes or walmart (so I’ve heard). Good luck!

  19. Lisa DodMan Lisa DodMan says:

    Can’t you call the health board and talk to them, maybe someone can come and check it out, maybe do some testing. Something is obviously going on. Good luck

  20. C-diff, can live on surface for up 6 months. GET TESTED

  21. Never rent from Boardwalk. Never.

  22. You should check to see which cleaners are hired by Boardwalk and if they’re a city licensed, bonded, trained company.

  23. wonder if the water can be the culprit.

  24. Kip Chaput Kip Chaput says:

    Possible mold issues??

  25. You could pay to have your apartment tested for traces of methamphetamine residue–I read a couple articles about people who dealt with headaches, nausea and other ailments after moving into an abode where the previous residents were meth smokers. I don’t know what it costs or if your landlord would cover it, but it might be worth it!

  26. I used to live in Fairmont village and left because of a huge mold and mouse problem. This was years ago, but still, I don’t believe it’s well cared for. I would suggest asking the landlord for an inspection to test the apartment for mold and/or other environmental issues.
    I don’t think you can contact the city on your own if you’re renting.
    Check for mouse droppings. Look behind the fridge, under the stove and in corners of closets, kitchen, places they can hide. The dust from their droppings can actually make you sick. Good luck – I hope you figure out what’s causing this, and hope you both feel better soon

  27. Riley Rose Riley Rose says:

    It would be an out of pocket expensive to you for any kind of testing. Boardwalk property’s are the worst, I lived in one that had a massive bed bug infestation and they knew about it too. So many treatments had been done they were no longer effective and still had to pay to break my lease. Cut your loses and move.

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