If a person recently bought a new home and suddenly finds illnesses plaguing members of the family, they may want to have the home inspected for mold. While individual mold spores are not visible to the naked eye, if the mold has grown into a colony of spores, they will become visible without any aids. Depending on the type of mold, a mold attorney may be called to determine the previous owner has any legal obligations to help in eradicating the problem as well as any costs associated with its presence.
Although determining how long a mold colony has been allowed to grow may be difficult to prove, especially if it was not revealed during a home inspection prior to the property’s sale. Law firms specializing in mold litigation will have the resources available to make the determination and place the responsibility on the responsible party. While a mold attorney can find the culprit responsible for allowing the existence of the mold, until any claims are litigated and paid, the homeowner will want to eradicate the mold for the benefit of their health.
It is possible for mold to grow undetected for many years and survive extreme temperature variations. Moreover, while there is good mold as well as bad, once it is detected it must be removed. Many mold spores can remain airborne for a long time, and such mycotoxins they harbor can cause serious illness in humans. The white fuzzy stuff seen on fruit left on the kitchen counter too long is a form of mold.
In many cases involving what is called sick building syndrome, a mold attorney may be able to use their resources to find the source of the problem and point to the responsible party. This can be especially important if the specific type of mold, Stachyhotrys chartarum is found in the building. This particularly nasty strain of mold can get into a person’s lungs through breathing, attach itself to the lining and continue to grow.