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Your story “Wet and Riled” (3/7) left a bitter taste in my mouth. I would not be surprised if mold and mildew have developed in that poor woman’s house. The picture of Ella Shaw conveys the disappointment and struggles that she and other residents of Wheeler Creek deal with on a day-to-day basis. It is a bitter pill to swallow when a person no longer feels safe and comfortable in her home.
Any time corners are cut and sloppy craftsmanship is performed, there are bound to be problems. In the case of the Hope VI development, I see no justification for cutting corners and failing to put drains in or about the property. A certified and experienced contractor knew up front about the importance of the drains. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist or genius to know that drains are essential in diverting water from the house. Recurrent leakage of water weakens the structure and foundation of a house. Drains should have been factored in and included in the specs. To have done construction to the Wheeler Creek homes without the installment of drains was irresponsible on part of the contractors and the D.C. Housing Authority, which in the quest for helping citizens of the District of Columbia may have caused more harm than help.
There is nothing pleasant about the smell of dampness, mold, or mildew in your home sweet home.