In September 2011, the California Department of Public Health released an important statement concerning the relationship between damp indoor environments, mold and health concerns. For San Diego tenants who are suffering from poor health because of compromised indoor air quality this is an important finding.
The CDPH concluded that “the presence of water damage, dampness, visible mold, or mold odor in schools, workplaces, residences, and other indoor environments is unhealthy.” http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/IAQ/Documents/statement_on_building_dampness_mold_and%20health2011.pdf
Further, the CDPH cautions against using mold testing as a barometer for measuring the risk to you and your family. Instead, they recommend that if you in a water damaged building and/or there is a strong musty odor, you should consider it a health hazard and have the property properly remediated right away!
Finally, based on recent medical data, the CDPH concludes that the known health risks of exposure to damp indoor environments includes:
1. the development of asthma, allergies, and respiratory infections;
2. the triggering of asthma attacks; and
3. increased wheeze, cough, difficulty breathing, and other symptoms.
Based on available studies, the research indicates that children have a higher likelihood of developing severe health effects than adults. Some evidence suggests, though not conclusive, that the more pervasive the water damage and musty odor the greater the health risks to you and your family.
As experienced San Diego mold lawyers we know that your family’s health and safety is a number one priority. Don’t leave anything to chance. We have the experience and resources to guide you through the process. Damp indoor environments, musty odors and toxic mold are very serious conditions that can have long-term health effects. Our attorneys have been helping personal injury victims since 1976. Don’t leave your health to just any lawyer. Call us today at 619.615.0767 or email Anthony Thompson at ADT@ThompsonWedeking.com for a free comprehensive mold consultation.