Commercial Tenant in Bakersfield Faced with Mold Dilemma
Last month, KBAK broadcasted a story about a Bakersfield, California business owner and her unexpected discovery that has disrupted plans for her new endeavor. According to the report, the business owner thought she had found the perfect location to open her new business and signed a lease. Shortly after signing the lease, she noticed a musty smell in the bathroom.
Upon further investigation, she noticed what appeared to be mold growing below the sink. The wall cavity was then opened and extensive mold growth was found. The news report states that the landlord says the damage was from a previous leaky roof issue that had been fixed and that since the business owner had already accepted the building, any changes would be her responsibility. An area code enforcement officer was also interviewed for the story and he reported that deciding who pays for the repairs is a civil matter and it is dependent upon how the lease was written.
“People rent space for businesses and even for their homes often without investigating whether there are potential indoor air quality problems before signing their name,” said Jason Dobranic, Ph.D., Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences at LA Testing and EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Even a small roof leak or a pinhole leak in plumbing can result in an extensive mold problem that may be in the walls, ceiling or under the floor. Although this mold may be out of sight, it can still release odors and mold spores into the air that can make their way into living spaces. The KBAK broadcast is a reminder to consider IAQ issues before signing a lease. Make sure that any odors or water damage that comes to light during a walk through or inspection is investigated by a professional.”
LA Testing offers microbial and chemical testing services and sampling supplies to assist with air quality investigations. To learn more about testing for mold or other IAQ issues, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
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