More Than Just Water: Mold Damage in Residential Homes

Much like asbestos claims, toxic mold litigation has become a hot legal topic in the past decade. A recent statistic estimates that there have been approximately 10,000 mold claims filed in the United States. Plaintiffs have filed mold claims against landlords, contractors, insurance companies and home sellers.

Mold damage in residential homes can cause extensive property damage and health problems. Consult a Monmouth County business lawyer if you have suffered the effects of mold damage in your home.

Mold Damage and Prevention

Molds are part of the natural environment. Mold spores float in the air and are invisible to the naked eye. Mold begins to grow indoors when its spores land on wet surfaces, and getting rid of it completely is impossible. Mold litigation plaintiffs have alleged property damage and property damage.

Proving a personal injury claim related to mold can be somewhat difficult. There are no federal government standards for toxic mold, and there are only a few reliable studies linking toxic mold to illness. The federal government and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have denied any link between mold exposure and illness. Part of the problem is that toxic mold exposure does not have a trademark illness. Its symptoms — headaches, asthma, rashes and fatigue, among others — are also symptoms of many other illnesses.

Property damage claims from mold far outnumber personal injury claims. Plaintiffs can seek damages for the cost of repairing their homes as well as replacing or repairing their personal property. Mold can damage clothes, furniture and appliances, and in most cases, plaintiffs can recover the fair market value of their damaged personal property.

There are steps you can take to prevent mold damage in your home.

  • Clean and repair roof gutters regularly
  • Make sure the ground slopes away from your house’s foundation
  • Keep air conditioning drip pans clean
  • Keep the humidity inside your house low, ideally below 60 percent

Because there are no EPA or federal regulations for mold, sampling is somewhat futile. Surface sampling can be useful to check if an area has been sufficiently cleaned or remediated. Experienced professionals who know sampling methods and protocols should conduct the sampling.

Contact a Monmouth County business attorney if you have questions about mold damage.