Failure To Address Growing Mold Problem is Penny Wise Pound Foolish

Failure To Address Growing Mold Problem is Penny Wise Pound Foolish
Earlier this year, we published an article on the growing risk of mold and asbestos for homeowners affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Recently a Public Advocate in NY, Bill de Blasio, stated that federal officials should do more to address the growing mold problem faced by homeowners dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Mold needs three ingredients to grow:
1. Food, which includes materials high in cellulose content such as paper and wood. Drywall, wallpaper, carpet, ceiling tiles, dust, and dirt, are also food sources for mold.
2. Temperatures of 5 degrees to 38 degrees present the perfect environment for mold.
3. Finally, water is the key ingredient. Mold can not grow without moisture. Where there is moisture, you will find mold. This is one of the reasons that leaking pipes, roofs and ceiling, sewer backups, floods, and condensation end up causing mold issues.
Mold is a growing concern because we spend up to 90 percent of our time indoors, creating a situation ripe for health issues.
Mold is like a cancer, unless it is dealt with and removed, it will continue to grow. Indeed, in addition to the many health issues caused by mold, it also poses structural risks for homeowners.
Considering the enormous cost of mold in added health care costs and lost productivity to business, de Blasio’s argument certainly makes sense. Nationwide, government’s need to follow the example of Kentucky and create regulations to not only regulate the mold remediation industry, but hopefully mandate insurance companies to offer affordable mold remediation insurance. Unless these issues are properly addressed, mold will continue to be a growing concern and have a negative impact because it is a proven fact that mold causes sickness, particularly in individuals that have a genetic pre-disposition to this problem.
“I think what’s happened here is in their desire to move past Sandy and to reduce the kind of resources they spend the city has tried to make the program less expansive than it could be but what we’re saying is you can’t be penny-wise and pound-foolish because you’re just gonna end up with a lot of people who are sick or can’t live in their homes.”
Well stated, Mr. de Blasio, not taking this issue seriously is truly and remarkably Penny Wise Pound Foolish.