Q. WHY SHOULD THE ASSOCIATION CARE ABOUT A WATER LEAK IN A UNIT?
Where there is water – comes mold. Where there is water – comes damage.
Whether a unit owner has a water leak or the water is in the common area, the association needs to get involved. If a unit owner is not home or does not attend to a water leak immediately, mold can grow and spread to the common elements and other units. Here are some helpful suggestions:
Immediately contact a company to determine where the water leak is coming from and to stop the leak.
Take pictures of the damage.
Contact your insurance agent – even if it is in a unit. The unfinished drywall and ceiling in a condo is generally the responsibility of the association.
If there has been an on-going water leak, you may need to determine if mold is present. (Look at the mold section on this web site). Hire a company to test for mold before the mold spreads.
Q: SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE THE SUMMER.
1: During the summer, many unit owners leave their unit and the unit remains empty for many months. The association should discuss with their attorney about the possibility of making a rule that any owner who leaves their unit empty for more than one week must shut off the water.
2: Many water heaters are old and ready to leak. (Read water heater issue on this web site)
3: Encourage unit owners to get their own homeowner’s insurance policy.