The Navy this week met with another six families who live in Lincoln Military Housing units in Hampton Roads to review mold inspection reports prepared by an independent licensed and state-certified contractor, Marine Chemist Service, Inc., according to Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. No results have yet been made public.
The inspections stem from complaints by more than a dozen families in the region about mold infestations and resultant health issues in their privately managed dwellings — complaints they say did not draw an adequate response until two families went to a local TV station, which reported the issue and drew interest from Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va.
Rigell visited several families — who showed him mold accumulations, squishy floors and photos of blackened drywall collapsed into a bathtub from the ceiling above — and hosted several town hall-style meetings and, along with two other members of Congress, demanded change.
The Navy subsequently contracted with Marine Chemist to conduct independent inspections of 14 homes, and with two other firms to conduct additional inspections. To date, the region says a joint Navy-Lincoln “maintenance task force” has conducted visual inspections for mold at 952 of the 4,300 units in the region.
In addition, 330 Lincoln-managed units have been identified for mold inspections: 240 are requests from residents and 90 were identified from the Task Force teams, according to the region. To date, 139 of the 330 mold inspections have been completed by LMH’s contracted companies.