Sick Building Syndrome in Fresno, CA
Posted November 17, 2008on:
By Margot Kim March 15, 2007
You may have heard of toxic mold and sick building syndrome. Could your home also make you sick?
“Living in a home that is polluted with mold can cause all sorts of respiratory problems,” Neil Schachter, M.D., tells Ivanhoe. That’s a great concern to homeowner Scott Lerman, who has a 4-year-old child.
“We want to make sure that our house is as healthy as it can be so that my son can be as healthy as he can be,” says Lerman, who agreed to let Dr. Schachter, a lung specialist from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, inspect his home.
During the inspection, Dr. Schachter found water damage was causing mold to grow in Lerman’s shower. He advises the Lermans and anyone with a similar problem to clean moldy showers with chlorinated wipes and avoid spraying any chemicals that might irritate the lungs.
Because dust can also cause respiratory problems like allergies and asthma, Dr. Schachter recommends putting clean area rugs over dusty carpets and getting rid of dust ruffles. He also says not to store items beneath the bed and to be aware that clutter stored in the basement can collect dust. Pollutants can also come from outside, so to keep them out, Dr. Schachter suggests installing a window filter.
“You assume your house is healthy until you get someone to point these things out,” says Lerman, who is now committed to eliminating more than just dust in an effort to keep his family healthy.
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You cannot turn a city inside out as done to Fresno, CA without major repercussions. Secretly altering the city’s sewer/water system without permits, inspections, or safety precautions has created massive health problems. SEWAGE POLLUTION is deadly. Asthma, respiratory, illness, infections, amputations, death.
Structures rebuilt without permits or inspections – massive building, environmental, safety and health code violations. Look at the clamped sewer/water lines on each property – no record for it because it is tied into the city’s secret operation. Mold, termites, leaks, illness, ongoing repairs. I urge families with asthma and lung disease to purchase mold-testing kits.
The Natural Resources Defense Council web site states that not only do old pipes break, they can allow bacteria and other contaminants into the water supply, making people sick, they can leach contaminants and breed bacteria in drinking water.
Look what was done to my family’s properties without our knowledge or consent – sewer and water lines not only altered but replaced with corroded trash – can you imagine the bacteria that comes from these nasty pipes. How long will they last before breaking / leaking. This is what Public Works has done to us while reminding unsuspecting property owners that they are responsible to maintain such a nightmare.
A reminder that laws, rules, codes, guidelines pertaining to the altering or sewer lines were put into effect for a reason – the safety of ALL of us. Only licensed, experienced and competent contractors are allowed to handle such a job, following strict rules and regulations. Prior to any work, licenses and permits are required to ensure health and safety regulations are met. Permits are not issued until the applicant has filed a layout plan showing the location of existing service connection, house location and route of sewer service, and said layout has been approved by the Superintendent. Contractors are required to have a bond. Compliance issues must be met. Initial and final inspections are necessary. Public safety is of great concern when altering sewer lines and must follow OSHA guidelines as well as abide by the CA Health and Safety Code. Unfortunately, the City / County of Fresno do not feel they are obligated to follow such rules and guidelines – not even discussing any of this with the property owner! They even have a fake work crew to help carry this out – a group that is not even authorized or licensed for such alterations.
Below is a copy of the sewer layout, which verifies what they did to our properties. After suspected homicide of my family members, poisoning and attempted murder of me in order to pull this off, the City called me a “liar” and filed a Restraining Order against me. My neighbors cannot argue or testify about what took place – some are dead; other/s never seen again after being lied to by the risk analyst – we were all set up. Forged/fraudulent legal documents that follow this barbaric operation are being covered up – reporting that is considered a crime as well.