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Mold Inspection Sciences on Dr. Phil

A home is a place where we like to feel safe and comfortable.  We put a lot of time, money, and heart into our homes.  When something happens that compromises one’s safety and comfort in his or her own home, it can be highly stressful.  Mix that with demising health and the outcome can drive someone crazy.  “My house is making me sick” “I’m allergic to my house”.  These are just two of the complaints we hear regularly.  That’s why when we received the call from the Dr. Phil show to help Debbie out, we knew exactly what we needed to do.

Dr.Phil Show aired on 28 March 2018

Debbie felt like she was allergic to everything and lost that safe, comforting feeling we feel when we are at home.  She knew something was going on but wasn’t sure what and no one would listen to her.  Her behavior was described as compulsive and somewhat crazy and it was time to take action.

We arrived onsite and met with Kelly and Debbie and discussed their concerns.  There wasn’t mention of any major issues noticed in the house so we went in to do a full inspection to check everything.  Throughout our inspection, we saw various issues that were conducive to a mold problem and ran air samples throughout the entire home. We also observed multiple instances of mold-like growth that we took surface samples of to confirm if it was mold growth.

Once we received lab results, it was apparent that there was a mold problem in Kelly and Debbie’s home.  Based on what we observed during our inspection and the results of the samples collected, we designed a mold remediation protocol so that professional mold remediation could be completed and Kelly and Debbie’s home and life can go back to normal.

If you have concerns about possible mold problems in your home or business please get in touch with us so we can help you get answers and take the steps to find out the true condition.

Trusting Your Mold Remediation Contractor

trust mold remediation companyMold Inspection Sciences does NOT do any mold remediation activities.  The Texas Department of State Health Services defines a company doing the mold inspection and remediation on the same job as a conflict of interest (see the “Mold Conflict of Interest: Protect Yourself” blog for more information).  The Texas Department of State Health Services also has very strict regulations about who can do what when performing mold-related activities:  “all companies and individuals who perform mold-related activities have to obtain appropriate licensing…”.  Once you have had a mold inspection by a licensed mold assessment technician or consultant and you have found that mold remediation is needed, the search for a licensed mold remediation contractor would be the next step.

The Texas Department of State Health Services website has a list of all licensed companies and individuals who are licensed to partake in mold remediation (https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mold/profession.shtm).  The best way to ensure you have the right contractor for you would be to research companies that advertise they do mold remediation, NOT inspections.  Once you’ve found a few companies that peak your interest, check the document that is updated by the state to make sure that company is licensed to do mold remediation in the state of Texas.  We recommend that you get at least 3 different bids to make sure you are getting the best service and remediation at the best price.  You can also contact us to get our opinion.  We’ve worked with dozens of companies and can provide guidance.

Be sure to also check those companies out of Yelp, Angie’s List, Google+, or any review based website to make sure that past customers where satisfied with the work that was done for them.  If you hire a remediation contractor and they’ve finished the work and state you are ready for clearance, they should be able to pass the first time.  If it takes a few more times and it shows to be lack of work on their part, it may be time to look into another company.  Repeat post inspections can get fairly expensive and it is always worth it to go with a reputable company that will do it right the first time.

Remember:  There is no such thing as a free toxic mold or black mold inspection.  Companies that advertise this service are most likely remediation companies trying to get a bigger project out of you by scaring you into thinking you have black toxic mold.  It is always best to have a company like Mold Inspection Sciences to do a thorough, professional, and non-biased inspection to find out the extent of the damage and the scope of work that the remediation company should work within.

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by Trey Maxwell