Cliff Dwyer and his wife live in an apartment at an old, old city property that has definitely seen better days. He first began noticing a leak in his kitchen ceiling that was coming from the roof last August. Despite repeated requests for repairs and visits from various property standards inspectors and officials from TCHC, nothing has been done and what began as a small ceiling leak has grown to a metre-wide hole that requires elaborate procedures every time it rains – and it’s been a wet spring so far.
After a visit from Toronto Star reporters – who immediately noticed that virtually every shingle on the roof is deteriorated to the point of curling up at the edges – and a subsequent story in the paper, officials have promised to fix it.
Some of Mr. Dwyer’s efforts have been to prevent a black sludge he says comes in with the water from being dumped all over his kitchen. He also says his allergies have been worsened since the ordeal began.
Those are clear signs of mold infestation.
Don’t Wait to Fix It
We know homeowners are strapped for cash now more than ever, with high utility bills, the price of gas, rising food costs and more. But home repairs – especially roofs and windows – just can’t wait for better times.
A problem that starts out small only gets bigger, and many people are tempted to patch a roof rather than replace it. That’s just how mold inducing conditions begin.
- A little dampness enters the attic
- It lingers because you don’ t know it’s there
- Mold begins to grow
- The spores enter your HVAC system and spreads throughout your home before you’re even aware of the leak
Remember that mold can begin to develop between 24 and 48 hours after moisture occurs. Keep in mind also that symptoms of mold exposure may be a clue that there is an unknown leak occurring somewhere in your home.
In addition to worsening allergies, if you or any member of your family is experiencing:
- persistent and unexplained respiratory symptoms
- irritated eyes, nose or throat
It may be your clue to the presence of mold in your home.
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