Attic Insulation Project Uncovers Black Mold
On Thursday, October 24, 2013, while Elite Construction & Design was doing an assessment of the state of the firewalls of a townhouse unit’s attic in Building 11 (153-183 Berrington Road) in preparation for adding addition insulation to the attic, a significant quality of black mold over the smaller front bedroom was discovered. Elite Construction & Design immediately notified the resident of this serious issue. The resident was unaware of the mold, as they have never gone up into the attic in the entire time that they have lived at Liberty Commons. Most residents probably have not either. This particular Unit has evident of water infiltration from ice dams in the past, whereas the damages were never addressed nor properly repaired. The resident has been exhibiting symptoms of respiratory distress.
The resident, a tenant, mentioned this serious situation to Steve Stearns, who immediately notified Carl Gore of Empire Condominium Professionals, our Managing Agent, to initiate the professional removal of the toxic black mold and monitor the situation after the mold has been removed to ensure it does not return and that there are no other unaddressed root causes. Carl Gore has contacted the Unit Owner and Belfor.
This is not the first time that mold has been uncovered in a Unit at Liberty Commons and probably won’t be the last time either. Building 8 (105-119 Berrington Road) and Building 9 (121-151 Berrington Road) have also had/ have serious mold issues in the garden-style Units. To my knowledge, a garden-style Unit in Building 8 (105-119 Berrington Road) still has a serious mold issue that has gone unaddressed that is placing the resident of this Unit and surrounding Units at potential risk.
Mold is not unique to Liberty Commons and under the right conditions can exist most any place. Mold can be a very serious health hazard and compromise the building integrity. It is important for all Unit Owners to immediately notify the Managing Agent of any water infiltration, water leaks, and/ or discovery of any mold or foreign substance inside or outside any Unit, so that mold and other substances do not spread to other Units within a Building, cause more damage and/ or potential health risks for residents. Unit Owners and their tenants should check closets, attics, cabinets, etc. periodically for any type of mold, mildew, etc. because if issues are discovered and addressed early it can be less costly and have less of an impact on residents and their neighbors.
We all need to look out for and help each other. That’s what neighbors and a community are supposed to do.