Re: Express your opinion on Mold regulation
Posted by Mary on 2/16/04
So, do I read this correctly? You recommend that potential
customers check for the availability of liability insurance
before checking their references and qualifications? Or have I
got that goofed up?
On 2/15/04, Phares Heindl wrote:
> 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&37; favor regulation.
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