YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE: KMIR6 Hires Inspector to Test for Mold
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PALM SPRINGS - Rick Hechtman, a certified mold inspector at Digital Mold Analysis, tested three apartments in Whispering Palms after several allegations of mold inside the complex.
Hechtman has 11 years of experience performing mold inspections in Southern California, and KMIR 6 hired him at almost no cost to test some of the units at Whispering Palms.
Inside two apartments, he did air samples with a self-calibrating system and an outside air test to compare the two. He also tested the walls with a moisture meter. In one of the units, he took samples from the air conditioner vent to test for any fungus growing, and he obtained samples from underneath the kitchen sink in another apartment.
He said it was hard to tell if there was any toxic mold inside the units tested, but he did see some plumbing problems.
"It looks like they've had numerous leakage problems and they've had the maintenance crews open it and clean it out, but I don't see any signs of anybody ever remediating anything as far as mold goes or tested," said Hechtman.
While he performed the inspections for KMIR6, another mold inspector from Masters Environmental was also at the complex. He said he was hired by Metropolitan Management Company, which manages Whispering Palms, to test six unoccupied apartments.
"I'm just worried about why the management company here is doing inspections in other units that are not occupied on the same day you guys are coming out and won't do nothing for the ones who do live here and just won't fix the problem," said Lyn Scott, one of the tenants whose apartment got inspected for mold through KMIR6.
Metropolitan Management Company refuses to comment on the mold allegations, and the manager for the complex insists there is no mold inside the units.
In 2012, Hechtman tested one of the units at the complex after a tenant called to complain. He said those tests came back positive for toxic mold.