Finding mold in homes separate from consistent air conditioning
Though I have worked a number of odd and most frustrating jobs in my life—from retail in a sizable department store, to working as a tour guide in a cramped and humid amusement park – none of them truly compare to the job that left the worst impression on me.
Hauling and working for a small property management supplier was rough, as anyone that wanted to rent their house or duplex out to potential renters often put little to no work into their “rental” homes.
They pay a property management company to act as a middle man, and a direct landlord. Any repairs or emergencies are coordinated through our company, and our small team of repair technicians. All of us also buy cheap homes, often in disrepair, and flip them to rent out for a profit. All of the profit from rent on these properties goes directly to my supplier! Naturally, as time goes on, management increased their budget and bought more properties for us to repair. The issue is that all of us live in a hot and muggy environment in the south, so most of these homes are left for weeks or years at a time completely shut up with no air conditioning of any kind! Imagine what that does to a home internally. You don’t have to – after getting exposed to toxic mold on more than three separate occasions, I went out and bought a special respirator on my own dime to protect my lungs! When my medical professional warned me of the risk of spreading spores that might cling to my clothing after working in these properties, I stepped away from the job for good. I’m in a different career path now, but I’m perfectly fine with the change.