Re: Express your opinion on Mold regulation
Posted by Phares Heindl on 2/15/04
On 2/13/04, Phares Heindl wrote:
> ASTOR, Fla. -- A Central Florida woman is blaming toxic
> mold for stealing her health.
> To add to her woes, when a mold removal specialist showed
> up, the condition went from bad to worse, WESH NewsChannel
> 2 reported.
> Deborah Calloway, 43, lost part of her lung last year. Her
> doctors blame toxic mold.
> "[There was] never nothing wrong with me; perfect health. I
> was on the go 24-7," Calloway said.
> Contractor Micah Bass is working on Calloway's home to get
> rid of the mold. Another contractor botched the job, and
> that's the problem. Many people decide they know how to get
> rid of toxic mold, but Florida doesn't regulate the
> industry. Anyone can hang out a shingle and try to get a
> mold removal job. The risks are mounting.
> Altamonte Springs attorney Phares Heindl represents mold-
> affected clients. Because of a lack of state regulation,
> here's one safeguard to take.
> "One of the things you should look for if you're going to
> hire a mold remediatior. Do they have liability insurance?
> Because if they don't remediate the home right, someone's
> going to have to be held responsible for that," Heindl said.
> Those seeking mold removal can also protect themselves by
> calling the Better Business Bureau. When a company is
> located, references can be checked with past customers. The
> same company shouldn't be hired to inspect and remove mold.
> By keeping the inspector and removal specialist separate,
> experts said customers are more likely to get honest work.
> Alan and Deborah Calloway learned the hard way the price of
> an industry unregulated.
> To comment on this story, send an e-mail to Kathy Marsh.
So far 89% favor regulation.
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