By Anessa V. Cohen
This has been a very challenging end to the year 2012. Most of us have been dealing with the aftermath of Storm Sandy in one way or another since its landfall on October 29. In some ways, the last two months have been similar to a movie going in slow motion through the different chapters of the plot. How this plot ends we have yet to see. We are all rooting for a happily-ever-after finish for everyone affected or suffering from the damage wreaked by the storm and the flooding.
I have received a number of e-mails from readers dealing in different ways with the rehabilitation of their properties. The one constant that kept coming up was “Where can I find a website that deals with . . . ?” I realized that although it is possible to generally know how to go about something, to actually give instructions in a codified manner is certainly not something that I am equipped to do. So I decided to put some time and research into finding some websites that would be more helpful and specific than I could be.
For those of you trying to decide how to approach mold and mildew removal, FEMA has a brochure with a lot of good information on how to determine how far to go to achieve healthy removal: www.fema.gov/pdf/rebuild/recover/fema_mold_brochure_english.pdf.
Another question that came up was how to be sure, when rebuilding the boiler room and putting in a new boiler and water heater, that everything is being done to code. I have been researching this one all week and frankly could not find a website with information that would have worked for us here. My advice for those that need some input on what the parameters are for their boiler rooms and new boiler and water heater replacements is to call the Town of Hempstead (516-489-5000), the Village of Cedarhurst (516-295-5770), or the Village of Lawrence (516-239-4600) and ask to speak to a plumbing or building inspector. Tap them for whatever information you need regarding your boiler rooms or any other reconstruction information or assistance you may need regarding building codes and how they pertain to you and whatever repair jobs you need to make.
I will continue looking for any websites that might be of interest to those of you doing remedial repair work on your homes, but for now I think this is the surest way to get the current information immediately without worrying if it is fact or fiction.
Anyone else looking for where to obtain information, please do not hesitate to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try to get the answers back to you or find someone or someplace that can. Getting our homes back into shape is a community effort that we need to work on together, to make them not only back to normal, but better than they ever were before! v
Anessa Cohen lives in Cedarhurst and is a licensed real-estate broker and a licensed N.Y.S. mortgage broker with over 20 years of experience, offering full-service residential and commercial real-estate services (Anessa V Cohen Realty) and mortgaging services (First Meridian Mortgage) in the Five Towns and throughout the tri-state area. She can be reached at 516-569-5007 or via her website, www.AVCrealty.com. Readers are encouraged to send questions or comments to anessa.cohen@AVCrealty.com.