Builder Pulte Homes
Schedules Massive Mold Cleanup
in Apple Valley, California
Environment Times, June, 2007.
Apple Valley, California. Mold is growing again in some of Pulte Homes’
Apple Valley, California, developments, prompting the company to schedule
examinations of 590 homes.
This time, the mold appears to be growing in the shower, between the panels
and the wall.
”Because there’s the possibility that the caulking around these shower
‘surrounds’ might break down over time, we want to go in and proactively
address the issue now,” wrote Pulte spokeswoman Melanie Hearsch in an email
to the Daily Press.
Residents of The Estates at Jess Ranch have received letters informing them
of “an issue affecting certain homes at our Apple Valley communities,” the
Mary Ann Greco said although the letter did not say the problem had to do
with mold, once they called in, Pulte customer service informed them that it
was indeed the pesky fungus.
”Why didn’t they find it the first time they checked?” asked Greco, whose
house has been inspected four times, with mold being zapped from the kitchen
The Grecos, who are retired, are taking the hardship in stride. They tried
to sell their house a few months ago, but had to disclose the mold r\problem
and end up taking it off the market. “We couldn’t sell it,” said Mary Ann
Pulte launched an investigation after a homeowner found mold growing in the
shower, and the company found the same condition in 13 other homes, said
spokesman Mark Marymee
If mold is found, it will take two to three weeks per home to clean up the
mold, he said. As during other times of mold clean-up, Pulte will be
offering to move residents to a hotel and pay their board.
But Hearsch added that there will be no health risk during the clean-up.
”If the choose to stay, each bathroom in which mold will be removed will be
completely sealed off during the remediation process,” she said, adding that
all of the homes being examined have more than one bathroom.
If residents go to a hotel, both bathrooms will be worked on, she said.
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