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Daughter: Leak in 80-year-old mother’s NYCHA apartment still not resolved

Maritza Fernandez says she essentially had to move into her 80-year-old mother's apartment at the Castle Hill Houses to monitor a leak that will randomly start up.

News 12 Staff

May 23, 2021, 6:59 PM

Updated 1,123 days ago

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The daughter of an 80-year-old tenant claims a stubborn leak at her mother’s NYCHA apartment has caused issues for nearly a month.
Maritza Fernandez says she essentially had to move into her 80-year-old mother's apartment at the Castle Hill Houses to monitor a leak that will randomly start up.
Fernandez recorded on video water leaking from a pipe in the bathroom ceiling and forming into a pool on the bathroom floor, the hallway and one of the bedrooms.
For the past month, Fernandez says she's had to periodically clean up the mess. She has a pump in the hallway to suck up all the water.
Fernandez says the leaks have caused damage to the apartment, including ripped up tiles and rust in doorways and closets.
She and her mother have to keep a fan running because they say without it the smell of mold is overwhelming.
When News 12 first reported this story, NYCHA had a plumber come out. They replaced the pipe, but told the women that there was still a leak behind the wall that needed to be fixed.
Almost two weeks since the plumber was there, the women say they still don't know when the problem will be completely resolved.
"It's a constant problem…I keep dealing with it because at the end of the day, I don't want my mom getting up and getting hurt," Fernandez says. "It hurts when you're picking up and dumping almost 40 gallons of water. It's extreme and at this point, something needs to be done."
News 12 reached out to NYCHA about problem and is waiting to hear back.


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