A Bettendorf home with a history of mold problems and other alleged deficiencies was torn down Thursday, only seven years after it was built.

William and Shelly Wood took out a $400,000 mortgage in June 2005 to buy the home at 6275 Eagle Ridge Road, according to property records. The 2012 assessed value for the two-story home with 5,015 square feet of living space and the 0.59 acre lot was listed at $155,070, according to the Scott County Assessor’s Office.

The Woods subsequently filed two lawsuits in Scott County District Court against contractor Mark McManus and McManus Development.

One lawsuit claimed several problems with the home’s construction, including doors, windows and flooring that were not properly installed, heating and cooling problems, granite that was cut incorrectly and “excessive moisture levels in the interior walls and window areas on the west wall.”

The second lawsuit claimed that excessive moisture in the home had resulted in a mold problem that caused or aggravated allergy problems for the Woods’ two sons.

McManus Development subsequently brought in several subcontractors as third-party defendants.

The Woods requested that both lawsuits be dismissed in May 2011.

McManus issued a statement Thursday that read: “McManus Development has a long history of building quality homes for satisfied customers. We believe the house at 6275 Eagle Ridge Road, Bettendorf, Iowa, was built by our highly qualified employees and subcontractors in a manner that exceeded industry standards and building codes. We deny that anything we or our subcontractors did or allegedly failed to do caused any problems with the house.”

Calls to William Wood and the Woods’ attorney were not returned Thursday.

Douglas Houston, owner of the Steamatic mold remediation business in Bettendorf, said that in his 15 years in the business, he has never heard of a home being torn down because of a mold problem, but there have been homes where the mold was so pervasive he had to strip the home down to just the wooden frame.

He said if the home had such a serious moisture problem that the mold could not be prevented from coming back, it could be necessary to tear the entire home down.


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That must have been hard for the family to have their house torn down. Did anyone find out if the mold affected them health-wise (the parents?) I know kids can be more sensitive, but for it to not affect the parents, hmmm. BTW up above, bleach isn't going to kill the mold (maybe on bathroom tile), you have no idea how in depth the mold situation in that house was. If it gets behind the walls into the insulation and so on..... I would've torn it down too. Unfortunately here where we live, it's mold and mildew haven in the midwest.


At the very worst, the interior of the house could be stripped down to the studs, the mold issue resolved and the house finished again. I have seen houses that were completely flooded with water salvaged and fit for habitation. This seems like a very extreme course of action.


Obviously, with the devaluation of the property like that and the city/county agreeing to it the house must have been deemed uninhabitable. That alone would indicate that it had a very serious problem. If the house was deemed uninhabitable the easy solution would be to demolish it so that some else could be built there that could once again be put on the tax roles. The real story here is who is paying for this? I am willing to bet that somewhere there is an insurance company involve who is footing the bill. These contractors are usually bonded and insured for these types of things. I would also look at the previous owners. If they sold an $800,000 house for $400,000, something doesn't smell right here. These types of things would have to be part of disclosure.


Definitely an out of court deal. That contractor knew he screwed up big time, which could put him out of business with a big court fight and of course, being splashed all over the front page of the Times. Pay the owners off, tear the house down, and go quietly. Now they will live another day in the house building business.


Nobody never did disclose the cause of the continuing moisture problem. Had to be a ventilation issue that could not be corrected, kinda hard to imagine thou.

Big Gus

Most newer houses are built CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP. These builders skimp on EVERYTHING. I'm certain this house was no exception. Unfortunately, most people don't know the difference.


Mcmanus reports "built by our highly qualified employees and subcontractors in a manner that exceeded industry standards and building codes. We deny that anything we or our subcontractors did or allegedly failed to do caused any problems with the house" The mold specialist reports "home had such a serious moisture problem that the mold could not be prevented from coming back, it could be necessary to tear the entire home down." so builders what caused the exreme moisture problem? Should have fixed it as Mike Holmes would say Do It Right........one can have a lot of satisfied customers but one extreme case sends a shadow of doubt about the real care the builder takes Would the builder have lived in it with his family? Build houses as if your family is going to live in them.


Who took the hit? Who paid for the demolition? Who is in possession of the property at this time? Sounds like an extreme act to me. I have been around for a long time, and I have never seen a house that couldn't be cured of mold.


I agree, bleach will do the trick!!!

Cheryl Wisecup
Cheryl Wisecup

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How come the Times didn't get building inspection records from the City of Bettendorf?

Davenport is trying to get someone to remodel the Dock with mold and ferns growing in it, but this house must be torn down!

Must be a lot more to the story.

The Times needs to do a complete follow up on this one.

That was a $800,000.00 house. Taxes were $10,200 per year before the down grade to $2600.00 per year.


A complete story? Are you crazy? That requires investigation and time, won't happen. Easier to take a picture of a house being torn down or burning in a fire. They are looking for the sensational story, not informational or investigative.


The story said they took out a $400K mortgage, what tells you it was a $800k house. Are basically saying they had a down-payment of $400k???


Also, the assessed value for the home alone was only $23,990 in 2011 and 2012!!!I


Maybe Mike Holmes can still fix it?


And the lawsuit was dismissed. Why?


Settled out of court maybe?

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