In previous chapters, we have discussed the inspector as a superhero and the technology he or she uses to inspect a building. While we have briefly touched upon water intrusion, we have not gone too in-depth. In many ways, water intrusion is a sick bomb just waiting to explode. First, what is water intrusion? Well, it usually occurs due to a construction defect. Due to this defect, water can penetrate into the structure, resulting in water damage and potentially mold growth. If not kept in check, water intrusion will tear a home and family apart, as mold can cause serious health problems. In Connecticut, for example, a family is in a cold war with water intrusion, mold and condominium management.
In the article “Family faces mold problem for years,” Nneka Nwosu of WTNH writes, “A condo in Elm City tested positive for toxic airborne mold. That was two years ago and the family still does not have answers.” The culprit seems to be water intrusion. Staci Glazer lives in the house with her son and has to wear a mask every time she goes down to the basement. She says, “There’s poisonous air-borne mold in my basement.” Water intrusion is to blame.
Staci noticed water damage in the home two years ago. Glazer continues, “Numerous water bubbles, pockets, all over the place. I just keep noticing day by day, more and more and more.” That is how it starts, with water bubbles rearing their ugly heads. The moment you see a water bubble in the cracks of the foundation, call an inspector. Do not give bubbles the time to multiply.
An environmental inspection of the condominium concluded that the conditions are unacceptable. Unfortunately, when Staci contacted her insurance, they told her that condominium management must fix the outside of the unit – the cracks in the foundation, siding, roof, etc. This was two years ago, in 2011. What has management done? Nothing.
Conditions are worsening. Erratic weather has battered Connecticut. There have been two hurricanes and a history-making blizzard. Not only do these storms bring heartache and tragedy, they also bring water…and lots of it. Glazer says, “Every time we have precipitation, we have more and more issues.” The condominium management continues to ignore the Glazers’ plight.
Why still live there? The Glazers enjoy where they live, but if they have to move because of poisonous mold, they will be homeless. Staci has a choice: possible homelessness or worsening health problems for her and her son. Mold exposure is a commonly misdiagnosed illness. Sneezing and watery eyes can lead to blindness and bleeding lungs. Mold exposure is the quiet killer. If you suspect water intrusion and mold exposure, contact Center Grove Inspections.
For more information on the Glazers, you can find Nwosu’s article here.
In addition, please remember that water intrusion (and subsequent mold exposure) is the inspector’s arch nemesis…
Below is a video, courtesy of Paul Cochrane, that deals with mold exposure.