The Real Meaning of Noviembre Negro In Costa Rica

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Hint: It Has Nothing To Do With Thanksgiving

About five years ago I locked up my home in Costa Rica to go to the states. It was the first week of October and I didn’t come back for a month. When I returned in November every single surface in my home was covered in mold. Black mold.

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That was my third year living in Costa Rica and the year I realized the true meaning of Black November. It is not about great Christmas discounts on the day after Thanksgiving.

For me Black November and all its promotions and discounts serve as reminders that my house is full of the funk of 40 days and 40 nights of rain.

Not only was my house disgusting but I got sick almost the moment I walked in the door. True story. Then I got trapped in my bathroom for hours because the door knob had corroded from the inside out due to all the moisture. Black Mold November.

Our Black November Offer

I brought up the idea of running a “Noviembre Negro” promotion with Andres, my genius partner and woodworking extraordinaire. WMoldy Kitchen Cabinetse were talking in the first level of our house and my daughter, who was eavesdropping from up in her room shouted down “sopa negra!” My family loves some black bean soup.

It helps that my sopa negra recipe is the absolute best, if I do say so myself. As silly as it sounds I would totally offer my recipe for CFCR blog readers…

Is that something you would like? Let me know in the comments and I will make it happen.

Anyway, back to business:

If Your November Is Getting A Little Negro

Hardwood Floor Water Damage

If the rains have been hard on your home, if you have wood that is looking a bit off, stains have mysteriously appeared on your ceiling or walls, you might have black mold. It could be time for some home repairs.

Those Melamine Cabinets In Your Kitchen Were Basically Designed To Feed The Mold Monster

There is a million ways water can damage your home and just as many reasons to deal with it promptly, but the biggest ones are health and safety. There are obvious concerns, such as rotten flooring or ceilings that could collapse, but there are invisible concerns as well.

Mold can make you and your family sick. You don’t have to take my word for it. There are entire websites dedicated to surviving mold exposure. If you find yourself getting sick every November in Costa Rica the black mold hiding under your bathroom tile or inside a wall could be the culprit.

So, once you have done all you can with mop and scrub brush give us a call. We will be happy to assess your water damage and give you a quote on repairs. And those melamine cabinets — we’ll toss ’em out for you, free of charge.


Mimi Mudd

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About Me

When I was 15 I got my first job working at a marmolería. It was hard, dusty work! But I got the chance to learn many things. I fell in love with woodworking and for many years it was my dream to own my own woodworking business. I started Custom Furniture Costa Rica in 2015 and it has given me the chance to live my dream and so much more. I’m Andres Zamora, and this is my art and my passion.

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