An Ottawa area advocacy group is celebrating a win after helping to obtain an award of over $75,000 for tenants living with mold in a low-income apartment building. The award was granted for rent rebates as well as the much needed repairs required to return the apartments to liveable condition.
The apartments suffered from mold in the windows and holes in the walls – the latter no doubt contributing to the former.
Window Maintenance is Key
There are other areas where water is likely to enter a home but windows and the area around them are among the most common. Once rain or melting snow has entered the walls via a leaking window, you really have no idea where it will end up.
- Be vigilant – check your windows for drafts – and therefore leaks
- Be thorough – avoid makeshift repairs that are probably just as likely to result in further leaks down the road
- Consider window replacement – new designs technology has much improved a number of elements and new windows are energy efficient as well as being leak resistant
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
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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