SPRING – The family, who live in a home in North Spring and Pea Ridge in the spring, say a mold problem has impacted not only their health but also their livelihoods.
Now the property manager promises to fix the problem, but the tenants don’t hold their breath.
Laquincy Sykes started renting the house almost seven years ago, but a few months ago he says he noticed some major plumbing problems that started in the bathroom.
“The water came all the way through here (in the bathroom),” Sykes said.
The bathroom walls abut the two bedrooms in which he, his wife and their three young children sleep.
“The water overflowed and it’s like a little hole over there on the side and the water got under the tub I’m pretty sure and from there the water started pouring into both rooms,” said Sykes.
He said the plumbing issues are still unresolved, but that damp floors and walls are only part of the problem.
“Every time I moved the bed, I saw the black mold, but they replaced the carpet,” Sykes said.
On Tuesday we saw mold growing around the bathtub, on air vents, ceiling and in one wall.
“They cut that hole out, you can see black mold all over it, there’s still water in there,” Sykes said.
According to the CDC, moldy conditions can cause asthma attacks, eye, throat, skin and nasal irritation, headaches, congestion and wheezing, but Sykes says he knows this firsthand.
“She (my daughter) and my eldest had nosebleeds and she was wheezing a little bit and she was throwing up,” Sykes said.
After twice taking his 11-month-old daughter to the hospital, Sykes said he had to move his family an hour away to Huntsville to live with his mother, where her conditions were improving. He claims management company Hunt Property Management is reluctant to fix the problem.
“She always talks around it. We fixed this, we fixed that. But what about the white horse?” said Sykes.
Skyes says he’s a disabled veteran who wasn’t able to work part-time because he had to stay so far away.
On Tuesday we spoke to the property manager who declined an interview but said she was working to fix the mold problem soon.
Sykes says he and his family won’t be moving back until that happens.
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