WIS Investigates: Condo owner says drain to blame for water causing mold, odor

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The smell inside the condo is enough to keep most out. Add to that the lack of air conditioning and the mold that is visibly growing inside. The owner said his home has been waterlogged for a month.

The sliding glass door in Billy Lindsey's condo was made to keep the outside out. But it failed at that.  Lindsey has cell phone video showing a stream of water rushing into his living room. He said it came in because a drain outside his house didn't do its job.

"As soon as it starts raining, this drain fills up and it's a lake on my patio," said Lindsey.

It's not the first time Lindsey's Berkshire Place condo flooded, or the first time Lindsey complained. When the water rushed in this time, Lindsey said he immediately started calling his home owners association and the property management group. That was more than 21 days ago.

"The smell is unbearable," he said.

Inside his home Friday, there was mold growing on his furniture, mosquitoes, flies, and the carpet was soaked.

"That thing is soaking wet now," Lindsey said,  referring to a paper on the floor.

Lindsay said at first both the HOA and the management group seemed like they were going to fix the faulty drain and the damage it caused. Now, he said,  that changed. He said his HOA told him:

"Replacing the roof on the building was a higher priority, and if I wanted something done I needed to talk to the management company," he said.

WIS tried to ask Weston Management questions about the condo Friday, but the company's answering service said it had no comment. So reporter Brett Buffington went to Weston Management's Ott Road office, where despite the hours listed on the front door saying they should be open, the lights were off and the door was locked.

Without the drain fixed, it's pointless to do anything inside the condo. Lindsay said he tried already, renting a carpet cleaner and drying things out, only for the water to rush back in the very next time it rained.

"If it wasn't for my parents I would be homeless, I would be out on the streets," he said. "If it wasn't for the fact that my parents live in South Carolina, I would have nowhere else to go."

The air conditioner for Lindsey's unit was also damaged by the flooding. It hasn't been repaired either.

WIS also tried to reach out to the home owners association for the complex Friday. That call has not been returned.

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