Management cannot trust the tenant
to find water related damages.
I work in many different apartment communities in Sacramento and Placer County. While I am a general contractor, my primary focus is on water related damages; dry rot, plumbing leaks, cracked drains and similar moisture problems. These sorts of moisture issues sometimes are not the reason for me being in the unit in the first place.
I was asked to check out a door that was locking up inside a unit. When I walked into the bathroom, I noticed a “musty” smell and saw dark growth
on the wall near the floor. It was right there in clear view, right next to the door. Now I’m sure that this could have been overlooked by the tenant; maybe it was covered with clothing or the hamper was in front of it.
“Oh, I never noticed that mold there before.”
Now that this has been seen, I needed to contact the management to notify them of what I saw. The drywall was soft, this did not happen overnight. The moisture has been there long enough for mold to begin to grow. There didn’t appear to be a stream of water, so whatever the cause, it was probably a slow leak. Now the important question, where is the water coming from?
Based on the above, we discovered the source of the moisture was a leak in the air conditioning condensation line. After opening the wall, the plumbing line was fixed and the wall repaired. What became very clear was that this needed to be found a long time ago. It is a good idea to have regular inspections of the apartment units. This does not guarantee catching every problem, but it certainly would help in discovering moisture issues like this one.
Management cannot trust the tenant to find water related damages.