What is Mold?
Mold grows in a home when three things are present: moisture, air and a food source. While mold can appear in a range of colors, the color of mold has very little to do with the toxicity of the mold. One of the most common forms of toxic mold is stachyboytris. This form of toxic mold can appear as white or black. Toxic mold can contribute to poor indoor air quality in your home and cause a range of illnesses. The only accurate way to know what type of mold you have in your home and whether it is toxic is to have it tested by an independent lab.
What are the Common Sources of Mold?
Mold can accumulate for a variety of reasons. The presence of moisture is one of the biggest factors in determining whether mold will accumulate in your home. Some of the most common sources of excess moisture in your home could be from leaking pipes, substandard windows, roof leaks, poor ventilation, water at the foundation of your home and damp basements.
Construction defects, mostly resulting in water intrusion in your home, can be the cause of toxic mold problems in your home. For example, if your roof was installed or repaired improperly, this can lead to roof leaks, which in turn result in mold accumulation over time. The same can be true for faulty plumbing services. The failure to correct an issue with your plumbing can lead to excess moisture and ultimately toxic mold growth.
What to Do if You Think Mold is Accumulating in Your Home
Mold starts to accumulate very quickly. Most molds can start growing within 24 to 48 hours in certain conditions. If you have high levels of moisture in your home or live in a very humid area, then mold can accumulate even more quickly in your home. This is why it is imperative that you take action immediately to address mold growth in your home.
Mold can be a health hazard for you and your family, especially if someone in your home suffers from allergies or an illness that could be worsened by mold spores. Before you attempt to remove mold from your home by yourself, you should be sure that you are not actually spreading the mold spores around or irritating a medical condition. In addition, the mold may not be limited to the area where it is first visible and could have spread to other dark areas in your home that you cannot see.
Some of the most common symptoms of toxic mold poisoning include fatigue, runny nose, headaches, hives, skin irritation, coughing and frequent bloody noses. Depending on the cause and the extent of mold damage in your home, you may have a claim for injuries.
It is important to contact a construction law attorney right away if you think mold has accumulated in your home due to a construction defect. An experienced attorney can make sure that you and your family get evaluated and your home tested so that you are not further damaged by toxic mold. Working with an experienced construction attorney also means that you will engage the right experts so that you can recover what you deserve for your construction defect claim.
There are many damages you may not immediately think of when dealing with mold accumulation in your home. Aside from the remediation costs and ancillary construction repairs, you may have to deal with unexpected medical bills for any health issues as a result of exposure to toxic mold. This is why contacting an experienced construction law attorney immediately is necessary for getting you the most comprehensive recovery possible to cover all of these related costs.
Time is of the essence in working with a construction law attorney to recover for your mold accumulation issue. If you delay in addressing this issue, you could lose your right to file a suit and recover for your construction defect claim due to Florida’s statute of limitations and statute of repose. The longer you wait to work with a construction law attorney in resolving your mold accumulation issue, the more difficult your recovery can be.
Contact The Robertson Firm
The Robertson Firm in St. Augustine, Fla. is able to handle all of your mold accumulation issues. We have the experience in handling many construction litigation cases to assist you in getting the recovery you deserve to resolve your mold issues in your home. Because we know the construction industry inside and out, we are knowledgeable advocates for your construction defect claim. Call The Robertson Firm today at (904) 853-2612 to speak with one of our experienced construction litigation attorneys.