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Short Hills, NJ – With the launch of Flood Buzz™ Pro by Archetype Ltd., a N.J.-based manufacturer / distributor, real-estate management companies now have available to them an effective and inexpensive tool to help protect properties from mold as result of water leaks. Flood Buzz™ Pro is an easy-to-use, low-cost, patent-pending, loud and effective water leak alarm designed to help mitigate damage and avoid the associated liabilities and legal exposure to landlords and management companies caused by water leaks. Consider the following:
· Model Michelle Buswell filed a lawsuit on Sept. 5, 2012 for $300,000 in damages against her NYC apartment’s management company, blaming it for toxic mold and making her apartment uninhabitable by not fixing a water leak.
· Lincoln Military Housing, a company that manages rental housing for military families in Norfolk, Virginia, was sued this past January by families who claim they were sickened by mold in their homes.
· In 2011, a unit owner in a condo complex outside of Boston sued her condominium management company for illness due to toxic mold from persistent roof leaks. In its first ruling dealing with the statute of limitations for a toxic mold claim, the Massachusetts Appeals Court issued a “discovery rule” stating that the statute of limitations starts when the injured person becomes aware of the existence of toxic mold, making it easier for mold victims to sue wrongdoers in state court.
According to the NYC Department of Health and Hygiene’s Guidelines on Assessment and Remediation of Fungi in Indoor Environments: “Water accumulation in indoor environments can lead to mold growth (and other environmental problems), which has been associated with human health effects. Indoor mold growth can be prevented or minimized, however, by actively maintaining, inspecting, and correcting buildings for moisture problems and immediately drying and managing water-damaged materials. “
The key to avoiding mold growth in buildings is to discover water leaks early before the leak can cause greater problems. Flood Buzz™ Pro alarms sound an alert to any potential flood condition when water touches the two prongs on the bottom of the product, helping to prevent a water damage disaster, as well as the potential liabilities.
Flood Buzz™ Pro comes with an internal battery with an up to three-year life. Installation is simple – just place it and forget it. The Flood Buzz™ Pro will sound if and when there is a water leak condition with its 110 dB alarm. Perfect for water heaters, laundry, under sinks, toilets, near suspected leak locations, etc. –the Flood Buzz™ Pro is an important tool to warn apartment dwellers, condo owners, managers and landlords of leak conditions so that they can be fixed before they become much costlier problems to remediate.
Archetype Ltd. is a New Jersey-based product development and manufacturing group at the forefront of providing easily adaptable and affordable products. For more information call 1-866-797-6686.