Sometimes mold growth and resulting damages are caused by the negligence of others. Defective plumbing, flashing, ventilation, drainage and maintenance may ultimately result in mold contamination. Those parties responsible for creating such conditions may be liable for damages under various legal theories. Proper investigation involves identification of all persons and entities who may be held responsible for causing mold contamination, including, but not limited to, landlords, homeowner’s associations, builders, architects, remediation companies, insurers and sellers of property.
Mold contamination typically results from chronic water damage. Mold needs two things to flourish: food and water. Mold will not grow if a building is properly designed, built, ventilated and maintained because water will not be present.
Once water is chronically present, any organic material such as fireproofing material, insulation, drywall, wood, carpeting, wallpaper or dust can serve as food causing molds to thrive. Exposure to certain molds may cause damage to property as well as health problems.
Learn About Mold Remediation
Remediation consists of several stages from the initial investigation, environmental containment, elimination of the water source, mold removal, structural repairs and, depending on the problems encountered, certain environmental, structural and systems studies and repairs.
Moisture control is a key to mold remediation. Qualified experts should assess each situation to determine the steps necessary for moisture control. We work with qualified experts who analyze each situation and develop a remediation plan. Remediation consists of several stages, including initial investigation, environmental containment, elimination of the water source, mold removal, structural repairs and, depending on the problems encountered, certain environmental, structural and systems studies and repairs. Remediation can be a long and costly process. Long-term care and maintenance is always important and is part of the remediation plan.
Team of Experts
Solving a mold problem requires a thorough investigation of the building structure, the ventilation system, the indoor air quality, chemicals used in the structure, and the surrounding landscape. Our firm uses various experts during the investigation. This team of experts often includes experts in indoor air quality, the construction industry, and medical professionals. Also, it is often necessary to involve remediation and valuation experts as well as statisticians.
Generally, soft porous materials such as insulation, paper products, clothes, upholstered furniture and drapes that have been damaged by water or dampness and are contaminated by mold cannot be effectively cleaned. Therefore, discarding these types of furnishings is generally necessary. Smooth surfaces and non-porous materials may be decontaminated by a combination of various techniques and be removed in such a manner that spores and microbial products emitted during cleanup are not dispersed into areas that are not contaminated. It is important to utilize qualified experts who use appropriate personal and environmental protective equipment when performing remediation work.
Water infiltration resulting in mold must, of course, be eliminated. This may mean repairs to the structure or the systems within the structure. This also involves the appropriate design, operation and maintenance of the building and its systems. Sites of water accumulation must be eliminated and humidity levels must also be maintained at appropriate levels. It is also important to limit the entry of outdoor microbial aerosols into the environment. Finally, emphasis should be placed on preventative maintenance by making known and potential sites of water accumulation accessible for inspection and service. Failure to quickly eliminate the source of water contamination will likely result in a recurrence of mold growth. Therefore, emphasis must be placed on quick action.
We vigorously pursue our clients’ insurance claims and our clients’ claims against other parties responsible for causing damages. Failure to quickly remediate a moisture problem may have devastating consequences. Mold resulting from a moisture problem will damage buildings and personal property and may cause serious health issues.
With respect to the property damage, the goal is to identify the extent of the damage, contain the mold to prevent further damage, and obtain compensation for the repair or replacement of the damaged property. A determination of the proper scope and value of the losses are necessary.
Exposure to mold can cause a variety of health problems, depending on the species involved and the amount and duration of the exposure. Health effects fall into four general categories: allergy, infection, irritation, and toxicity. Individuals exposed to certain molds may experience allergic reactions (ranging from transitory responses to chronic illness), infections affecting the skin, eyes, lungs, and other organs and systems, injuries to the central nervous system and brain dysfunction. People with asthma or compromised immune systems are often more susceptible to injury due to mold exposure. People who have been exposed to mold may also be more susceptible to infectious diseases.