Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) – One woman is fed up and it’s a fungus that is making her living situation an unpleasant one.
Action News cameras spotted mushrooms growing in a tenant’s living room inside at apartment on Nellis near Lake Mead.
Barbara Ruz contacted Action News to investigate the situation at the Lake Mead Estates, which is managed by Pinnacle Realty Management.
It was last month that Ruz says she first spotted the mushrooms creeping in from a crack in her ceiling. She believes the plentiful rainfall through January contributed to the problem.
According to Ruz, her apartment complexes’ maintenance man plucked out the mushrooms and painted over the remnants. She says she was revolted when she saw the mushrooms were coming back through.
“They’re gross. They’re disgusting. I’m horrified,” said Barbara Ruz. “I almost feel scared to be at home. From school, I brought home masks to cover our faces because I was so freaked out.”
The complex sent a third party testing company to assess the potential health hazard. On Wednesday night, Ruz says she received news that the mushrooms aren’t toxic but have a high allergy count. However, she says she doesn’t know what to do next.
Action News reporter Drew Karedes went to the property manager, however she did not want to be interviewed. After making several calls to the regional manager of Pinnacle, we were sent a statement by a spokesperson based in Washington state.
“We take the comfort and safety of our residents and their concerns very seriously. When there are mold or mildew problems, we have specific steps we take to protect the residents and solve the problem.”
This problem is something one mold expert says he’s seeing more and more often in valley apartments.
Bob Whitaker is a mold technician with Nevada Mold Testing, Inc. He can’t comment specifically on this instance, but says in many cases complexes simply don’t know how to properly remedy the problem.
“What I’m seeing a lot of them doing, they’re just covering it all up, cutting it all off or just throwing bleach on it. It’s still growing behind the walls. They’re not fixing the problem. They’re not fixing the water source,” said Whitaker.
As for Barbara Ruz, she’s hoping her apartment complex is prepared to take the next step to get rid of the mushrooms that are freaking her out.
The complex spokesman says Ruz has the option of moving to a different unit or another one of their properties.
We will continue to monitor if this situation gets resolved.
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