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Special Report: Hiding in your Home

Special Report: Hiding in your Home

Posted - May 12, 2003 at 5:00 p.m.



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Sam Penrod Reporting...Stucco has become a popular exterior for houses in Utah. But a growing number of Utah homeowners are finding that a small flaw in the installation of the stucco could be all it takes to produce damaging effects.

You might have heard about the problem of "black mold" in homes around the country. In some extreme cases, people claim they've been made seriously ill by the mold.

Eyewitness News has discovered that even though the mold problem is most serious in places with high humidity -- it is still a significant problem here in Utah.

Stucco quickly became a popular choice for new homes in Utah, during the 80's and 90's. But in homes where water has leaked behind the stucco, there are cases where mold has developed, causing wood framing to begin to rot away.

Dennis McCoy, Stucco Repair Contractor: "IN MY OPINION, THE UTAH STUCCO PROBLEM IS NOT THE LEAKING HOUSES, IT'S THE THOUSANDS OF HOUSES OUT THERE WITH WATER GETTING BEHIND THE STUCCO SYSTEM AND SITTING THERE AND ROTTING THE WOOD AND CAUSING MOLD TO GROW WITHOUT ANYONE KNOWING ABOUT IT."

Tonight at 10:00, you'll hear from homeowners who've had to deal with this problem and show you exactly what could be hiding in your home.

We'll also tell you how you can look for this problem at your home.

That's tonight on Eyewitness News at Ten.

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