Toronto’s public housing has had its share of bad press over the last few years, from bureaucratic excesses to the unfortunate state of many of the Toronto Housing Commissions’ properties, where mold and other issues are an ongoing concern. For the first time, their state of neglect is becoming the focus of a comprehensive financing plan that’s looking at a whopping $2.6 billion over 10 years to adequately repair and renovate the properties in question.
Public housing is subject to the ups and downs of public budgeting, and over the years, cutbacks have resulted in a massive backlog of repairs and even serious issues that wait to be addressed.
Maintenance and Mold
You don’t have to be a public housing official to feel the pinch of difficult economic times, and for homeowners, it’s often tempting to skimp on repairs. You may know the roof needs fixing, for example, but if there’s no water leaking into your living room then everything’s all right, isn’t it?
Or is it?
When a leak actually enters your living space, you do something about it, but how do you know there isn’t moisture lingering inside your walls, in the basement or up in the attic where no one typically goes? The fact of the matter is, all it takes is a pinhole leak in plumbing or a small drip inside a wall to create conditions for mold to grow. All it needs is moisture that lingers longer than 24-48 hours.
Critical areas for upkeep and repair include:
Even simple measures like caulking and weatherstripping can make a difference.
A Lingering Smell…
A persistent, musty odour may be your only outward sign of mold infestation – that and a series of health issues that include respiratory, nose, throat and eye irritation and other persistent flu-like symptoms.
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