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Mold and mildew can turn a dream condo into a nightmare

When you move into a new condo in Florida, you're looking forward to years of living in warmth near beaches, water sports, golf courses and more. You're eager to enjoy maintenance-free living - especially when it comes to upkeep of the building and grounds. That's probably why you bought the condominium in the first place.

But when construction defects begin to make themselves evident, everything can change. Carefree living can turn into a bad dream - a nightmare that costs a fortune to repair.

At the very top of the list of resulting problems from condominium construction defects: water damage. Water can seep in through a leaking roof or windows and cause extensive damage to ceilings and walls. Unfortunately, leaks in roofs, windows or water pipes can also result in mold and mildew growth.

The mold and mildew can spread to the heating and cooling system and from there through vents to other parts of the condominium, contaminating carpeting, furniture and clothing, and then on to neighboring condos.

The mold can be difficult and costly to get rid of - and worst of all, it can cause health that include inflammation, rashes and congestion, and for people with certain sensitivities, it can worsen asthma and allergy symptoms and contribute to even more serious health problems.

Other common construction defects include:

  • Cracks in foundations, walls or stucco
  • Improperly installed roofs and roof flashings
  • Unprotected framing resulting in dry rotting of wood
  • Electrical and mechanical problems
  • Inadequate thermal protection
  • Improperly installed windows or doors

We don't have space here for an exhaustive list; there are many more flaws in design, materials and construction that are best addressed with the help of an attorney experienced in construction law litigation. It is advisable to speak with an experienced construction defect attorney before engaging experts to analyze or commencing repairs, particularly because any investigation or repair may interfere with any chances for recovery.

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