Couple claims mold due to improper plumbing

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau Mar. 20, 2012, 5:00am

Douglas Gilman of Gilman & Allison

GALVESTON - Local residents Samuel and Carol Rogers allege plumbing work and subsequent repairs at their Dickinson residence resulted in "significant" mold growth, recent court documents say.

The Rogers are suing Keystone Foundation Repair Ltd., Vornkahl LLC and Irving Williams, doing business as Williams Plumbing Co,. in Galveston County District Court .

The original petition, filed March 8, explains that the plaintiffs hired Keystone and Vornkahl in January 2010 to perform services at their home.

After the work, the plaintiffs claim they discovered black water backing up into the shower and not draining properly.

Keystone was called upon to inspect the plumbing system and make necessary repairs.
It informed the complainants the plumbing issues concerned the residence's cast iron pipes and that they would be replaced. The suit claims Keystone recommended the installation of PVC pipes and rerouting the pipes from under the foundation.

"This work was at a considerable price, which was paid by the plaintiffs," the suit says.
"However, and unbeknownst to and/or disclosed to the plaintiffs, Keystone retained defendant Irving Williams d/b/a Williams Plumbing Co. to actually perform the work in early February 2011."

The couple adds they found various defects and observed dark spots on the wood floors, pooling water and mold growth, which they once again contacted Keystone to address.

"Keystone inspected the damage and recommended yet another contractor, SunCoast Plumbing, Inc., to inspect the plumbing system and conduct necessary repairs," the suit says.

"SunCoast came to the home and discovered that the cast iron pipes had not all been removed and that remaining pipes were insufficiently connected to the PVC pipe installed by the defendants."

According to the plaintiffs, the home remains in disrepair and uninhabitable.

A jury trial is requested.

Gilman & Allison LLP is representing the complainants, and Galveston County 212th District Court Judge Susan Criss is presiding over the case.

Case No. 12-cv-371

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