I live in a condo. There is a leak on the side of my unit in which water
seeps in underneath the baseboard near a window corner and the hardwood
floor gets wet. The leak happens in wind-driven conditions when water
splashes against the side of the building. I replaced the window seals and
nothing is coming in through the window itself when it happens. The
association's response so far has been to caulked some places outside where
the window frame meets the siding.
I observed the leak happen two times (in the past few weeks), and I believe
it happened at least once before that. When it happens, I put a towel down
to absorb the water. Beneath the surface, near where water seeped in, the
drywall gets excessively moist according to a moisture detector, and can
stay moist for days. There are no stains yet on the wallpaper side of the
drywall. Baseboard is starting to warp somewhat and hardwood showing early
signs of damage. It's hardly noticeable at this point though.
1) If the leak happens again, what should the condo association's next step
be to protect my unit and the building?
2) If it keeps happening again, then at what point do I need to call in a
pro to deal with potential mold and damage happening behind the drywall?
3) At what point do I have the right to insist that the association pay for
professional cleanup and restoration? I live in NJ.