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    Re: Express your opinion on Mold regulation

    Posted by mary on 2/16/04


    Actually I was pimping Phares just a little, and with a smile on
    my face. If I were a contractor I would be wary of any prospective
    client who asked about liability insurance before qualifications.
    Phares didn't write the article I suppose, so maybe I will give
    him a break. Besides, what do you suppose the odds are of any
    contractor having meaningful insurance for mold issues these days?

    Best Regards,


    On 2/16/04, ff wrote:
    > Mary:
    > The issue is whether contractors should be regulated, for which
    > only one of the requirements would be that the contactor carry
    > liability insurance.
    > What do you think?
    > ff
    > On 2/16/04, Mary wrote:
    >> Hello Phares:
    >> 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?
    >> Best Regards,
    >> Mary
    >> 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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