Feedback: Soldier Frustrated With Mold Problem In Home


Jeff Stewart's closet is covered in mold - mold so bad that he has to wear a mask in his own bedroom.

"I can't have my family live like this.  It's horrible," he said.

At first, the Fort Drum soldier says builder Robert Decker tried to help when the family discovered mold in the closet. 

But then, Stewart discovered mushrooms growing up through the rug and Decker has been hard to reach.

"Canceled phone calls, not returned phone calls, you know, excuses after excuses," said Stewart.

Stewart says his County Route 143 home is still under warranty for six more months and so it's Decker's responsibility to take care of the mold. 

7 News reporter Caitlin Cissne spoke to Decker on the phone.

He declined an interview, but said he's not sure if the house is still under warranty or what's covered. 

Decker said the mold problems are a result of homeowner neglect and not shoddy construction.

But Stewart's town of Rutland house may not be the only one. 

The owners of two neighboring homes built by Decker say they've had problems with leaks in the pipes and mold in the walls. 

Stewart says he's worried about his three young sons living in the house filled with mold and he's not sure how long they'll be able to stay.

"I actually had to stop myself from crying because I'll have to move my whole family out of the house," said Stewart.

Next week, Stewart will find out the results of a mold test done in his home which will determine whether or not his family will have to find another place to live.

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Friday, December 9, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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