YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE: Toxic Mold Found in Whispering Palms in 2008
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PALM SPRINGS - It's not the first time tenants in the Whispering Palms Apartments have concerns about mold; the allegations started several years ago.
"I was contacted by tenants about a potential mold problem, so I went out, and in fact did find that there was mold in that environment, in that unit," said Jack Leith, owner of A Plus Inspection Services, recalling a time in 2008 when he inspected two apartments at the complex.
One of the apartments had mushrooms growing out of the wall, which Leith attributed to a plumbing leak from the unit upstairs. In an on-camera interview with KMIR6 back in 2008, he stated that toxic mold found in that unit was "carinogenic" and could create hemorrahages.
In the same 2008 interview he added that the unit was dangerous for the couple living there because they had HIV, thus they had a weaker immune system to fight the fungus.
However, he said he remembered another apartment he treated in the same complex that was even worse.
"As I remember, it was Stachybotrys and that's one of the worst. That's the one people refer to as black mold, only that's erroneous. It can be black, but what we want to find out is if it's in the toxic family," shared Leith.
The manager of Whispering Palms, Stacey Barasch, declined to comment on the allegations of mold inside the units once again, while some tenants continue to come forward with more complaints about having this fungus in their homes.
If indeed there is mold inside some of the units, Leith said it could be remedied.
"From the standpoint of remediation, yeah you can go unit by unit. Tear the walls out where they're infected. Repair plumbing issues as required and actually rebuild those with new materials," explained Leith, adding that this process is lengthy and costly but has the best results.