Harmful mold invades one woman's home
You may have a problem in your home and not even know it. It can hurt your health
and cost thousands of dollars to repair.
The problem is mold, and many people like Germaine Thomas never thought it
could cause so much damage.
For many years, it was an invisible enemy in Germaine’s home. She says
it's caused health problems.
And just recently, she came face to face with the problem. She discovered
it while remodeling her bedroom. It hid underneath a layer of wallpaper.
Germaine believes the culprits are the sprinklers outside her home. She says
the water has eroded the stucco on the outside and seeped through her walls.
Germaine lives in a gated community and says the Homeowner’s Association
should be responsible, since they put the sprinklers there in the first place.
Germaine says the home owners' association's solution to the problem was covering
the sprinklers with these white caps. But they left one of them uncovered, and
Germaine says it's still causing a problem.
Newschannel 3 went to the Monarch Group, which manages Germaine's community,
Vista del Montanas. They refused to comment.
Germaine filed a complaint with the Monarch Group's insurance company. They
denied it in this letter. And her own insurance company just stopped covering
mold and fungus damage.
Germaine called an industrial hygienist to analyze the mold. He told her it
could cost her more than one thousand dollars to fix the problem, because half
of this wall may have to be knocked out.
"Many people think that because it's such a dry climate in the desert
that we don't have a mold problem out here,” says industrial hygienist
Joe Johnson. “But, that's not the case."
Germaine says her only hope now is to take legal action, so she doesn't have
to fight the mold problem alone.
Germaine's hoping to get the Homeowner's Association to pay for the problem.
To keep this from happening to you, the best advice: inspect your home before
you buy and ask questions of your Homeowner’s Association. And make sure
you know what your insurance covers.
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