Mold makes people sick
Remember the Salem witch trials in New England 300 years ago? Ergot made them do it. This toxic mold grew in the stored grain feeding the town. That Erot poisoning made everyone tragically crazy. Fortunately most of us don’t store untreated grain in our kitchens or favorite restaurant. But water damage that creates mold growth can cause an allergic reaction in sensitive individuals. Or worse. Whether it’s your family or your rental, fix the water problems sooner ranter than later. It will safe you grief and money.
Mold damages the structure of the building
Take the photo above as an example. Had the building owner replaced the original window when it began leaking the cost would have been under $1000. As it is now, an abatement company needs to come in and erect plastic containment around all the areas of damage. Install and run loud air cleaning equipment day and night while all the building materials that are damaged are removed from the wall and taken outside to a dumpster without cross contamination the clean adjacent areas. Then those areas are cleaned up. The areas are retested to for mold clearance. Oh yes, the outside of the building was damaged, also. Think asbestos building permits for the entire project. Along with lead-based paint. And then there’s the rebuild. Probably cost $175,000+ and take six months to a year. It’s San Francisco.
We have worked with numerous environmental attorneys in San Francisco and the Bay Area. If you are contemplating or involved in environmental litigation, give us a call.