Originally Posted By: Kelly Conrad
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First of all,this is my first post!!
I've been trying to get in touch with David Hetzel, who ran the Home Inspection Institute in Wallingford, CT, but all of the phone numbers I have for him are out of service.
Anyway. I need some advice regarding my basement. I live in an apartment in New Haven, CT. A few weeks before my roommate and I moved in, in August, our neighbor had a clog in his kitchen sink and plunged it to unclog it. This caused pressure to build up and burst the faucet on my side, sending water everywhere. As no one lived in the apartment at the time, it went unnoticed for weeks, letting enough time pass to cause the floor to rot and MAJOR water damage in the basement. The super pulled down the sheetrock covering the cement in the basement, but didn't fix the walls, didn't clean up the sheetrock pieces on the floor, and ignored the mold covering the walls. Since moving in, both my roommate and I have left multiple messages for the landlord and for the super, to no avail. They do not even acknowledge our messages. Finally, last week, I left a message saying that I would be notifying the Health Department. That got a quick reaction, of course. My super came over to inspect the place and said he'd come back on Tuesday(tomorrow) to work on the basement-- and to fix the leaky shower. Now, as he's going through my apartment, he starts telling me he's going to write me up for things. First is the railing on the stairs to the basement. As you can see in the attached pictures, the railing is only secured by a post at the very top and very bottom. It offers zero support, and actually FELL OFF as we were moving furniture into the basement. So we are being written up because of a faulty railing. Second is the smoke detector at the top of the stairs to the 2nd floor. We take it down every morning before our showers, and put it back up after, because the steam from our 5 minute showers sets off the alarm EVERY SINGLE DAY. The super happened to come over between showers (my roommate was waiting for him to leave so she could shower) and is writing us up for not having the detector up. However, even with the bathroom window open and the bathroom door open, the steam sets off the detector-- which is sort of funny, because the hot water only lasts for about 5 minutes, but thats all it takes.
I was trying to get in touch with Mr Hetzel to get his professional opinion on the situation, but since I can't, I am turning to you. If you inspected a place under these conditions, would it pass inspection? Would there be some sort of fine for a faulty railing, or for mold?
Please let me know what you think!
[ Image: Down The Stairs ]
[ Image: Another View Of The Stairs ]
[ Image: Mold 1 ]
[ Image: Mold 2 ]
[ Image: Mold 3 ]
[ Image: Sheetrock Floors and Bad Walls ]