What’s That Smell?

by | Nov 5, 2020

Ever wondered what that smell is in your home? Unfortunately, it could be black mold growing in your home affecting your entire family and the value of your property! If you have been in Florida for more than a few hours, you have seen new homes, new communities, new office complexes and new condos being built seemingly overnight. The number of new construction projects has been going on in Florida for several years and doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. The problem with all of this construction is many of these new residences and commercial facilities are not being built properly. The construction industry makes millions and millions of dollars on these projects while frequently cutting corners on the quality of the materials and workmanship being used. For example, the stucco used on the exterior of the home may not have been applied correctly or with the appropriate thickness level to protect the home from water intrusion, the windows of the home may not have been installed or sealed correctly, the air conditioning system may not have been installed correctly to maximize its efficiency in cooling the home and reducing condensation inside the home. The end result for you is mold growing inside the walls, in the bathrooms, in the kitchens, in the air conditioning units and other places. These issues and defects can cost thousands and thousands of dollars to fix and can significantly affect your ability to sell the home or office to someone else.

The construction company many times gets away with their substandard work because many defects are not detected for years after their home or office was built and the construction company is no longer in business or, because you, the new home/office buyer, assume that these issues are just the result of wear and tear from living in Florida’s heat, humidity and rain. Thankfully Florida has specialized laws which provide recourse to protect us from these construction nightmares even if the issues are not detected for several years after the home or office is built and purchased. As you know from our prior articles on car crashes or slip and fall cases, documentation of your construction defect claim is extremely important. Gather your records showing when the home or commercial building was built and when you moved in; take photographs or videos; keep a journal of when you first noticed the issues; if you have contacted the construction company that built your home or office, keep copies of the communications or make detailed notes of the conversation; keep receipts for any repairs you may have made and, most importantly, call us at 1-800-332-1992 with your questions to see if you have a case. Consultations are FREE! You don’t want to go up against the construction industry alone!

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