The recent closure of a city owned affordable housing property and dislocation of its tenants in Peterborough highlights a common problem that occurs when buildings aren’t properly and regulary maintained – mold.
In Peterborough, it seems like a toss-up between granting affordable housing and the municipality’s potential liability in the case of illness caused by mold and a debate has ensued over whether the families involved should be moved out or whether the building is salvageable.
In any case, the story has familiar outlines, whether the discussion is about Toronto’s public housing or the appalling living conditions reported in Inuit housing in the Far North – mold continues to top the list of complaints.
Not Just a Public Housing Problem
It’s certainly not a problem that’s confined to public housing. In times of economic uncertainty and downturns, many homeowners are tempted to put off needed repairs, renovations and maintenance or to ‘make do’ with patchy roof work and more. The problem is that mold doesn’t wait for better times; in fact, it can begin to grow within 24-48 hours if the conditions are right.
Where there is moisture, there is a potential for mold infestation and if there is chronic, lingering moisture you can be virtually certain that it has begun to grow. Common problem areas include:
- Leaks in the roof that can cause moisture in the attic or inside the walls
- Leaks around windows that can cause moisture to spread into walls
- Basement leaks or cracks in the foundation of a home which can cause lingering moisture
- Any of these areas, particularly the basement, can lead to mold spores entering your heating and ventilation system and spreading throughout your home
Don’t Let it Happen to You
Mold exposure is no joke and you may not know that mold even exists in your home until it affects your health. If you suspect any leaks or lingering moisture in your home, or if you’re experiencing flu-like or respiratory symptoms you can’t explain, give yourself peace of mind.
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