Whether the buildings in your HOA community are old or new, mold is a common problem in moist climates. This article contains answers to some of the most common questions regarding mold in an HOA community as well as suggestions on how to tackle the problem and prevent further breakouts.
Common Questions About Mold:
Is a Mold Problem Serious?
Mold is not something to be taken lightly. If the problem is not addressed, mold can cause serious health complications for those with allergies,asthma, or lung disease. Mold can be especially harmful to young residents or anyone with a compromised immune system. In addition to health concerns, mold can cause problems with the stability and safety of structures as a wet environment can compromise the integrity of the building materials over time.
Is Mold The Problem of the Board, or the Owner?
As with many problems regarding upkeep and maintenance of residence in an HOA, when an issue of mold arises the question likewise arises of who is responsible for the mold and who is under obligation to solve the problem. As tempting as it may be to enter this debate, your main priority should be getting rid of the mold. As stated above, mold can grievously affect the health and well-being of the residents and the entire community. Regardless of who is responsible, the mold must be eradicated, and quickly.
Should the Board Conduct a Mold Test?
The short answer to this question is “No.” Mold tests are time consuming, wasting precious time that could be used in eradicating the mold. In addition, they are generally unhelpful as they are unable to show you where the problem is located and how the problem should be fixed. Finally, the results of a mold test may open the door to legal trouble with your residents.
How to Handle the Problem of Mold:
Be Prepared: When it comes to mold, preparation is key. Before a complaint about mold is even brought up, choose the vendor that you will use to fix the problem, evaluate and fix any ventilation problems, and establish a plan of action for when a problem arises.
Review Your Insurance Policy: Many insurance plans do not cover mold. Therefore it is important for you to review your insurance policy to see what is covered and what is not. It may be necessary to change policies, add services, or make additional preparations that will protect you for this eventuality.
Fix The Problem Fast: Mold does not go away on its own, nor does it stop growing. When HOAs drag their feet, the problem gets worse and more expensive. Contact the vendor right away and fix the problem immediately.
Find The Source: Bad ventilation, flooding, and many other causes can be the source of mold. Have a professional find where the problem is occurring and do the necessary repairs to prevent further breakouts.
Mold can be a complex and expensive issue, however, when the health of the community and the integrity of the structures is at stake, it is best to meet the issue head on. Preparing ahead of time, and being ready to act should a problem arise will benefit everyone in the long run.