Mercury redux

So, the mercury posse came back today with a Lumex, a mysterious device whose noise level is only exceeded by its cost. It’s basically a portable mass spectrometer that can be used to measure extremely low levels of mercury. The State of Ohio standard is less than 1 µg/m3. In the breathing zone, our levels were lower than that, but inside the affected cabinet and on the floor beneath, we were around 1.4µg/m3.. So, according to the health department, we’re still contaminated. Time to call State Farm and give them the good news: at minimum, we need to replace the affected cabinet (which of course means we’ll probably have to replace the others, since matching a 12-year-old cabinet set is unlikely) and the contaminated section of floor. Since the floor is 12-year-old sheet linoleum, it’s probably going to have to be replaced too. What the hey, let’s remodel the kitchen.

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  1. Diane

    How did State Farm react to replacing all kitchen cabinets so they would match? We also have State Farm, had water damage to all lower cabinets in a flood and are having trouble matching. Your response would be GREATLY appreciated.
    Diane@RiversEdgeStudios.com

  2. Diane

    How did State Farm react to replacing all kitchen cabinets so they would match? We also have State Farm, had water damage to all lower cabinets in a flood and are having trouble matching. Your response would be GREATLY appreciated.

  3. State Farm only paid for the initial cleanup, and that only because they accidentally told us that they would cover contamination. Floods are a different matter; in 1996, we had a burst pipe that flooded our kitchen, and we were able to convince them to replace all the cabinets. Work with your adjuster, and apply judicious pressure to your agent if need be. Good luck!