Toxic Mold

January/February 2005
A version of this article appears in the January/February 2005 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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January 01, 2005
                      Q.We just moved into a brand-new house in April, and paid more than twice what we paid for our last house. Our four-month-old house has had flooding underneath it. We attribute this directly to         • lack of gutters;         • pier construction technique (the house has a crawlspace with the floor supported on concrete blocks, or piers), resulting in only a single layer of protection against water (one layer of brick veneer); and         • an unusually high amount of rain this year, potentially raising the water table.         There is mold now growing in our garage, and water under the house after a rain (see photos).We notified the builder two months ago, and he has not done anything; he seems unwilling to take responsibility. We also told him that my wife, who is 37, is pregnant and due in January. Because of a past medical condition, it is a high-risk pregnancy. We had a water specialist come to the house, ...

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