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    Re: Express your opinion on Mold regulation

    Posted by ff on 2/16/04

    Good Point Mary:

    And a good laugh. I guess I'd be a little leary of taking on a job
    where the client wanted to review the liability insurance policy as
    well. But at the same time, the contractors should be regulated
    (and insured). In such a case, state regulated/certified, I'd
    REALLY have to wonder about further inquiry into available coverage.

    Currently, the county health department, is faced with complaints
    from within their own ranks. In three seperate health facilities in
    the county, in three seperate cities, employees are moving out due
    to mold.

    Something in the air? Something's changed? Maybe it's all the
    former ag land and contaminated lakes breeding opportunistic
    pathogens (yes, I know who you are probably thinking may be
    opportunistic in the county?).


    > ff:
    > 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,
    > Mary
    > 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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