STEPS TO TAKE
It is always a good idea to clean up areas where mold may become present, repair anything that may cause mold, test the areas you suspect, and disclose any test results to the HOA.
Where Water and Mold are Open and Visible
- Identify and give notice of the triggering event (ie window leak, pipe burst, flood)
- Clean up within 48 hours find source of water
- Repair cause with a licensed contractor
- Allocate responsibility through association counsel
- Test for mold
Where Water and Mold are Suspected but Unseen
- Look to affected unit owner complaints: frequency, numbers, types, do owners complain of a musty smell, or of being sick.
- Look to building component performance: prior events and performance of component such as HVAC, circulation, plumbing, or leaks.
- Consider other contiguous units.
Investigate and Repair:
- Consult with counsel, experts, and contractors.
- Stop water source Testing.
- Types of recommended Testing: Tape; Air; or Destructive Testing to determine source of water and mold growth patterns.
- Results of the testing. (Not actual reports)
- Units affected by mold.
- Units adjacent to affected unit.
- Disclosure must be timely. (Triggers statute of limitations)
- Takes second place to members' safety.