We found mold behind the basement drywall, should we take out all the drywall?

We were putting in a new sink and found mold behind so drywall in the basement. We have found the leak so that will be fixed. We took out some of the drywall and we found a small amount of mold near the baseboards for about 4 feet so far. Should we take out all the drywall in the basement? The basement is finished but we had no idea how far the mold goes along the base board. The floor is also finished, should we remove that to?

Here’s a good thread on drywall mold remediation. I should have recommended that they contact the guys at Mold Remediation Providence because calling in a professional is often a good idea.

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Mark R. Warner – To revive the economy, pull back the red tape

One reason often cited for this unwillingness to invest is executives’ belief that Washington regulators are stifling fresh investment and discouraging innovation through new rules and requirements.

If Washington expects to partner with the private sector to lead the effort toward economic recovery, we must address the regulatory uncertainty felt by many of our small and large businesses.

Britain has been working on regulatory reform since 2005, and officials there have posted some impressive results in developing an inventory of regulations as well as setting ambitious targets for reducing red tape.

Now, no one is seriously questioning the need for common-sense rules of the road to protect American consumers, public health and our environment, especially in the wake of the BP oil-rig blowout in the Gulf of Mexico and the 2008 near-meltdown of several of our nation’s leading financial firms.

But our current regulatory framework actually favors those federal agencies that consistently churn out new red tape. In this town, expanded regulatory authority typically is rewarded with additional resources and a higher bureaucratic profile, and there is no process or incentive for an agency to eliminate or clean up old regulations.

As a former CEO, I think the best option is to adopt a regulatory “pay as you go” system. I am drafting legislation that would require federal agencies to identify and eliminate one existing regulation for each new regulation they want to add.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, the estimated annual cost of federal regulations in 2008 exceeded $1.75 trillion. The Office of Management and Budget says that the federal government has issued more than 132,000 final rules since 1981, and over 1,200 of those rules have an estimated economic impact of greater than $100 million each.

My legislation represents a common-sense effort for a more appropriate regulatory balance. It would require federal agencies to produce a baseline catalogue of their existing regulations and a credible, quantifiable estimate of the economic impact for each one.

OMB should have primary responsibility for these estimates, and the Congressional Budget Office or the Government Accountability Office should be given responsibility for checking the math and verifying the underlying assumptions.

Regulatory pay-go would discourage agencies from continually adding new rules because they would be required to eliminate one outdated or duplicative regulation of the same approximate economic impact for each new rule they want to enact. This will not only provide balance but also will help simplify or eliminate outdated rules and procedures.

Yes, it will require some effort to design transparent and credible assessments of the economic impact of each regulation. And yes, agencies should be required to report their proposed actions to Congress so lawmakers can review the merits of the agency’s arguments for eliminating significant regulations.

That said, I spent 20 years in business, and I know that any company that does not periodically review its operations or look for ways to improve its procedures will not survive very long.

And the fact that Britain has aggressively embraced regulatory reform could explain why it recently leapfrogged ahead of the United States, knocking us from fourth to fifth place, in the World Bank’s annual rankings of the business “friendliness” of 183 global economies.

Britain calls its initiative “one-in, one-out.” Whatever we call our regulatory reform program, the bottom line is that this effort would go a long way toward addressing the uncertainty that has kept the U.S. business community from participating more fully in our nation’s economic recovery.

The writer, a Democrat from Virginia, is a member of the Senate’s Budget and Banking committees. A co-founder of Nextel, he served as governor of Virginia from 2002 to 2006.

Here’s a Democratic proposal I support…hurray for common ground!

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Household mold can put renters in tough situation | democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle

Household mold can put renters in tough situation

Steve Orr and Sruthi Gottipati • Staff writers • December 13, 2010

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It was Halloween when Jessica Silsby knew that things had gone too far.

Putting together a costume, she pulled her winter boots out of the closet, and noticed something was wrong. “It felt a little bit funny,” said Silsby, a 25-year-old high school teacher. “It was covered in green and yellow fuzzy stuff inside and out.”

The stuff was mold, and as Silsby and her two roommates discovered, it was growing rampantly throughout their apartment in the Riverton Knolls complex in Henrietta. Neighbors complained of mold as well.

After they complained, the landlord addressed the problem. But that didn’t eliminate the mold or replace belongings, and town and Monroe County inspectors couldn’t help much.

By mid-November, Silsby and her roommates had moved out.

“It was devastating because everything we owned really was covered in it,” she said recently. “It was so upsetting that other people were going to live through that as well.”

As Silsby learned first hand, potentially harmful mold can crop up almost anywhere.

It thrives in moist conditions, and can become a particular problem after floods, heavy rains, pipe breaks, roof leaks and the like. Once established, mold can continue to spread if moisture remains present. Colonies can grow unseen inside walls or under floors.

A category of fungus, molds are everywhere in the outdoors, and often move indoors as well. Many species are benign or beneficial, but some can cause allergic respiratory or skin reactions in sensitive people, exacerbate asthma or release potentially harmful toxins.

Yet there are no specific government regulations in New York’s state building or sanitary codes that address mold. Inspectors do respond to complaints — locally, there are several hundred every year — and they can cite property owners for allowing the conditions that promote the growth of mold.

But such actions apparently are rare locally. In many towns, inspectors defer to the Monroe County Health Department, which in turn relies mostly on the power of persuasion to get property owners to clean up a problem.

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“We try to seek voluntary compliance. We’re not out there looking to cite landlords and fine them. That doesn’t mean that we can’t or won’t,” said John Ricci, spokesman for the health department. “We typically get them to correct whatever we find is the source of the problem.”

After a surge in concern about toxic molds, the state Legislature in 2005 created a special task force to study remedies. The 12-member task force issued a draft report in August that recommended no specific changes in state codes, concluded it was not feasible to write human exposure standards for mold and stopped short of calling for regulation of companies that do mold remediation work. It did suggest more research and public education.

Extreme cases

Many people aren’t bothered by mold, and symptoms are usually mild in those who are. But extreme cases, while relatively rare, capture attention. One particular black-mold toxin caused a national stir in the early 1990s after it was blamed for the deaths of several infants in Cleveland and for sicknesses in many other locations.

Locally, a Hamlin family returned home after a 2003 vacation and found a pipe had broken, flooding their home and leading to explosive mold growth. Though exposed only briefly, one resident was hospitalized repeatedly for respiratory distress. The house was razed.

And in June of this year, a jury awarded $187,393 to a Pittsford couple that alleged faulty construction left their six-year-old home with a wet basement that promoted mold growth. At least two other suits are pending in local courts that allege property damage and health problems from mold.

Most town inspectors take a pass when complaints come in. “In all honesty, what we do is refer folks to the health department,” said Wayne Cichetti, a Penfield building inspector who is president of the Finger Lakes Building Officials Association. “We don’t have the expertise in mold.”

Some municipalities will send out inspectors on mold complaints. A Henrietta inspector visited Silsby’s apartment, she said, but simply suggested contacting the health department.

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County health officials typically document the presence of mold, look for the cause, and recommend a solution, which always starts with eliminating excess moisture.

The department gets 200 to 250 mold calls a year, about 80 percent of them related to rental property, Ricci said. Mold isn’t found in some cases, but when it is, the most common causes are plumbing leaks; high humidity and poor ventilation, and roof, foundation or gutter problems.

Taking measures

In Silsby’s case, her complaints led maintenance workers to find standing water in a crawl space under the apartment.

A sump pump was added to drain it.

A county health inspector was not called in until the roommates had virtually moved out, and the water had been removed. Very little mold was evident then, Ricci said.

Silsby and her two roommates had moved into the apartment at 430 Countess Drive in June — after leaving another unit in the complex where they’d found mold.

Shortly after arriving in the new place, “we started experiencing mold in the bathroom ceiling and mildew smell that wouldn’t go away,” said one of the roommates, Lynn Kubeja.

Leaving windows open and running a dehumidifier didn’t help. By early November, the roommates had found mold on walls, furniture, clothing, books and other objects. The roommates began staying with friends rather than sleep there.

The roommates rejected the offer of another Riverton unit and opted to go elsewhere. Morgan Management, the Pittsford company that owns Riverton Knolls and many other apartment complexes, allowed them to break their lease without penalty, but declined to provide any compensation for ruined belongings.

Richard Shoap, a Morgan regional manager who oversees Riverton Knolls, said workers addressed the standing water problem as soon as they were made aware of it.

Shoap said the company did offer to move the three women to a larger apartment at reduced rent, and to help with the move, he said.

“We went above and beyond.”

SORR@DemocratandChronicle.com

SGOTTIPATI@DemocratandChronicle.com

Another nice article highlighting the problems that mold can cause. It makes me think about the guys at Mold Remediation Rhode Island

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Mold Remediation Greenville SC

With so many companies providing a myriad of solutions, here’s exactly what you should expect from a full service house contractor.

You can count on all of these offerings when you call the professionals at Mold Remediation Greenville SC.

Water Extraction and EliminationRemoval of water as well as restoration of items like flooring, walls, floor coverings and furnishings could be very difficult and time consuming. Specialized help is often necessary for an efficient water damage treatment.

Complete Dry out ServicesA complete dry out program which will dry out your house quickly and may prevent the possibility for mildew and other related problems that might arise from water damage. This step is critical vis-à-vis minimizing further damage.

Fire and Smoke Damage RestorationEven a small fire produces considerable lingering damage. Smoke can easily spread to your home furnishings, clothes, electronic devices and duct system. Depending on what has burned because of the fire, there are a range of air, surface, as well as substrate cleaning and sealing options. Smoke and soot can certainly penetrate into other rooms affecting paint, carpet, upholstery, drapes, clothes and any other family belongings.

Mold and mildew RemediationMold damage can cause a number of distinct health problems for you and your family including; respiratory problems like wheezing or difficulty breathing, burning watering eyes, skin irritation, pains or aches. Are any of these mold connected issues becoming normal problems for you?

Weather and Wind Damage RestorationWith stormy weather and wind come lightning, hail and rain. All of these weather events have the capability to trigger significant wind destruction and/or storm damage. Did your shingles or siding come off in the course of the storm? Did a gutter come off your home? Did a tree fall on the fence, garage or roof? Are there leaks or water spots in your home’s ceiling?

24/7 Disaster ServiceCompanies in this business usually provide a 24-hour emergency response service.

Odor RemediationMany odors might remain after damage has been done to a house or company. Regardless of whether it’s fire, soot, smoke or water, your contractor should have the ability to address these odors.

Emergency Board Up Service – Emergency board-up services can mitigate the damage caused by storms by insulating your house’s openings with cover systems that will protect it from the force of the wind and rain.

Fully Licensed, Insured and Bonded – Even much more important than their technical capability, companies in this business should be fully licensed, insured and bonded to handle your damage and restoration claim. Check your contractor’s credentials!

Remember, if you live in north western South Carolina and discover yourself in need of a contractor, call the professionals at Mold Remediation Greenville SC.

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Featured Work | Online Advertising Labs

I just created a page of Featured Work on my new local search marketing web site.

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Mold Remediation Providence

I just posted a new article on Squidoo that focuses on Mold Remediation Providence. It really is so much better to let the professionals take care of mold problems, particularly the very toxic Black Mold.

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WikiLeaks Founder Assange to TIME: Clinton ‘Should Resign’ – TIME

Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks

Valentin Flauraud / Reuters

Hillary Clinton, Julian Assange said, “should resign.” Speaking over Skype from an undisclosed location on Tuesday, the WikiLeaks founder was replying to a question by TIME managing editor Richard Stengel over the diplomatic-cable dump that Assange’s organization loosed on the world this past weekend. Stengel had said the U.S. Secretary of State was looking like “the fall guy” in the ensuing controversy, and had asked whether her firing or resignation was an outcome that Assange wanted. “I don’t think it would make much of a difference either way,” Assange said. “But she should resign if it can be shown that she was responsible for ordering U.S. diplomatic figures to engage in espionage in the United Nations, in violation of the international covenants to which the U.S. has signed up. Yes, she should resign over that.”

Assange spoke about the latest tranche of documents from WikiLeaks in a 36-minute interview with TIME (the full audio will be available soon on TIME.com). He said there would be more: “We’re doing about 80 a day, presently, and that will gradually step up as the other media partners step in.” Indeed, every region of the world appears to be bracing for its turn in the WikiLeaks mill. Pakistani officials are almost certain that more revealing documents focusing on their country will come out soon. And the Russian media are anxious to see if future leaks will detail any behind-the-scenes dealings over the August 2008 Russia-Georgia war. (See a TIME profile of Julian Assange.)

Assange said that all the documents were redacted “carefully.” “They are all reviewed, and they’re all redacted either by us or by the newspapers concerned,” he said. He added that WikiLeaks “formally asked the State Department for assistance with that. That request was formally rejected.”

Asked what his “moral calculus” was to justify publishing the leaks and whether he considered what he was doing to be “civil disobedience,” Assange said, “Not at all. This organization practices civil obedience, that is, we are an organization that tries to make the world more civil and act against abusive organizations that are pushing it in the opposite direction.” As for whether WikiLeaks was breaking the law, he said, “We have now in our four-year history, and over 100 legal attacks of various kinds, been victorious in all of those matters.” He added, “It’s very important to remember the law is not what, not simply what, powerful people would want others to believe it is. The law is not what a general says it is. The law is not what Hillary Clinton says it is.” (See a TIME video with Julian Assange on the top 10 leaks.)

And the source or sources of all the diplomatic cables? Stengel asked Assange if U.S. Army PFC Bradley Manning, now detained in Quantico, Va., was the sole source of the megaleak. “We’re a source-protection organization,” Assange said, “so the last thing we would do is discuss possible sources. However, we do know that … the FBI, State Department and U.S. Army CID [Criminal Investigation Command] has been going around Boston visiting a number of people there.” He referred to “people who have been detained coming back into the United States” with connections to Manning. The U.S. soldier’s “mother’s home in Wales, in the U.K.,” he said, was “visited, or raided, depending on how you want to describe it,” by the FBI.

Stengel asked what was coming next from WikiLeaks. “We don’t have targets,” said Assange, “other than organizations that use secrecy to conceal unjust behavior … That’s created a general target.” A story in Forbes magazine, which interviewed Assange before the latest leak, said that WikiLeaks has a large U.S. financial corporation in its sights. Assange confirmed that. “Yes, the banks are in there. Many different multinational organizations are in the upcoming weeks, but that is a continuation of what we have been doing for the past four years” since WikiLeaks was founded. He added that the volume of material has increased. “The upcoming bank material is 10,000 documents, as opposed to hundreds, which we have gotten in the other cases.”

TIME and TIME.com will continue to report stories based on Stengel’s Assange interview and on the continuing fallout from the release of the diplomatic cables.

See how WikiLeaks has fueled anti-U.S. sentiment in Pakistan.

See Assange and other candidates for TIME’s 2010 Person of the Year.

I couldn’t care less what Mr. Assange thinks.

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