YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE: Mold Testing Results are Back
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PALM SPRINGS - The lab results are back from the mold testing inside Whispering Palms Apartments. KMIR 6 hired a mold inspector on Tuesday to test three units, which residents claimed had toxic mold causing them respiratory problems.
"At this point, the units that we tested were at acceptable levels," said Rick Hechtman from Digital Mold Analysis.
He used an air quality test, moisture meter and swab samples from underneath a sink and air conditioning vent inside the apartments. Then, he sent those spore samples to Pro-lab in San Diego.
"Outside tests at the baseline picked up about five or six different molds and inside picked up about five or six different molds. The inside spore counts were comparable to the outside or lower, so it didn't show any obvious infestations in there," explained Hechtman.
While hechtman says the results showed no toxic mold inside, he's still concerned about the plumbing issues in one of the units he tested.
"When we retested for moisture in that wall, there was moisture, which means the problem is going to come back. It's got a reoccurring problem until they find out where the moisture is coming from and address that issue," expressed Hechtman.
The tenant in that unit, Lynn Scott, said the complex's maintenance made some repairs to her bathroom wall just days before KMIR6 had Hechtman inspect her unit. Then after the inspection, she said management knocked on her door.
"They offered me and I accepted for them to tear my walls down in my bathroom, and refix everything in my bathroom, tear down all my walls down, and they're going to put us up in a hotel," said Scott.
After showing Scott and her husband the negative lab results for toxic mold, they said they weren't fully satisfied, saying there are other issues the complex is ignoring. She said she will be happy if management does follow through its offer.
"If they take care of the problem, I'm totally satisfied and you've done a great job. I hope that they do what they say they're going to do," said Scott.
Metropolitan Management Company, which manages Whispering Palms, did not return KMIR6's calls to comment on Scott's offer, and the manager of the complex also refused to comment on the lab results.
Meanwhile, Hechtman pointed out that while these results came back negative for toxic mold now, he tested one unit in Whispering Palms last year, and those results came back positive for toxic mold. He said the building is old, and this could lead to plumbing problems, which in turn can result in mold.