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MEET OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM DIANE BOHDE - PRESIDENT
Diane Bohde has a background in both Remodeling homes for over 25 years, managing a real estate portfolio and as a Financial Planner for 15 years. She retired in 2017 from working as a Wealth Manager for High Net Worth clients to focus on changing the Indoor Air Quality Industry to be more Eco-Friendly in order to help promote a unique process that restores offices and homes to a healthier environment naturally. She and her husband, John, now focus their time on establishing new markets to further TMP’s reach and developing personnel in order to be an industry leader with a clinically-proven, all-natural approach.
JOHN BOHDE - VICE PRESIDENT
John Bohde is a licensed and certified Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP) that is licensed in the states of Florida and Texas. In his time as an IEP he has assessed and remediated countless single-family homes, apartments, condos, and businesses. He has also had the pleasure of speaking at conferences such as The Mold Congress and The Mold and Mycotoxin conference as a featured presenter. During that time he presented on home assessment and bio-remediation techniques for patients and clients with environmental illnesses across the country. John has been the one to develop the assessment and remediation protocols for TMP, setting our standard for excellence throughout the company.
SHAWN ELDER - DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Shawn has spent over 25 years with large financial services firms leading teams of professionals in areas of risk management, process engineering, project management and operations. With a risk-minded focus, he leverages his process thinking to implement crazy-simple structures capable of delivering lasting value to customers. His approach creates a culture where teams are equipped, encouraged and empowered to perform with excellence. He joins TMP in 2021 ready to apply his Lean thinking to an incredibly important industry.
DR. MATT PRATT- HYATT - DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AND BRAND DEVELOPMENT
Dr. Matt Pratt-Hyatt received his PhD in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Michigan. He has trained under Dr. Paul Hollenberg, a prominent researcher on drug metabolism and Dr. Curtis Klaassen, one of the world’s leading toxicologists. He has over a dozen publications in well-known research journals such as PNAS and Cell Metabolism. He is focused on assisting with diagnosis and treatment of mitochondrial disorders, neurological diseases, chronic immune diseases, and more. He specializes in developing tools that examine factors at the interface between genetics and toxicology. His work is bringing new insight into how genes and toxicants interact and how that may lead to mental health disorders, chronic health issues, and metabolism disorders. He is currently working with The Mold Pros as scientific advisor and interface with practitioners.
IRV KRAUT - ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST
Irv Kraut is a licensed environmental professional in the state of Florida and is the Former Director of the Indoor Environmental Standards Organization. Currently the Environmental Scientist at The Mold Pros, he also owns Industrial Hygiene Services, LLC, an environmental inspection and testing agency in Naples, FL. Irv has been published by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the American Chemical Society. His current role at The Mold Pros is an Environmental Scientist, consulting on environmental quality of Mold-related projects.
TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction: Who is TMP?...................................................................... 1 What Causes Environmental Problems?............................................. 2 Molds: Xerophilic Vs. Hydrophilic Fungi............................................. 3 TMP Mold Dictionary................................................................................. 4 Mycotoxins.................................................................................................... 6 VOC’s & Chemical Sensitivities..............................................................7 Actinomycetes.............................................................................................. 8 What is Mold Illness?................................................................................ 9 Surface Guard Study - Why Enzymes?................................................10 Frequent Questions With Irv.................................................................11 Doctor Interviews.....................................................................................12 How do HVAC Systems Impact your Structure?.............................13 All About Crawlspace Encapsulations...............................................14 EZ Breathe Systems.................................................................................15 What Makes a Good Inspection?.........................................................16 What is a “Right-Sized” Remediation?...............................................17 Client Testimonials...................................................................................18 Reference List............................................................................................19
WHO ARE THE MOLD PROS? The Mold Pros began with a simple goal: Find a better way to remediate indoor environmental contaminates for those with environmental illness.
What sets us apart? Nature vs. Nature Rather than harmful chemicals or biocides (which can be effective at killing mold, BUT often leave behind odors, VOCs, and other residues that can be harmful), we use our own natural Proprietary Bio-Enzyme Formula. It’s important to note the EPA states that even dead mold can have health concerns. The Mold Pros environmentally-friendly treatment methods biodegrade molds structure with the health of the client in mind. With no use of chorines, petroleums, or other caustic chemicals, our product is proven to be integral to our remediation process.
No Unnecessary Demolition Our approach doesn’t require unnecessary deconstruction, saving you time and money when you use our mold remediation services.
High Quality is Standard To date, there are no federal standards established for acceptable mold levels, and only a few states have licensing requirements, so most mold remediation is unregulated. The Mold Pros developed a standard bio-remediation protocol, which adheres to and exceeds many state licensing requirements, to help ensure the same high quality standards for all mold remediation each and every time.
Consultation with in-house experts Here at TMP, we have an Environmental Scientist, as well as a Molecular Biologist on staff who are very knowledgeable about mold illness and environmental contaminates. Each of which is happy to consult with our clients about any test results or findings they’re concerned about.
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TMP can conduct indoor air quality testing for mold, bacteria, VOCs, and allergens. We are one of the few remediation firms that test for mycotoxins (toxins produced by certain types of mold). When the mold remediation process is complete, post test sample analysis by an independent lab can be obtained to ensure that your mold problem has been resolved.
WHAT CAN CAUSE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS? There are several situations that can cause potential environmental issues inside a structure. Here are the most common occurrences that can present suspected microbial growth. Plumbing Leaks - Most commonly found in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and
water heaters. This is generally due to a failure in the plumbing system. Continuous leaks in plumbing are one of the more common moisture issues that lead to environmental concerns.
Water Intrusion or Storm Damage - Water intrusion can happen due to several
reasons, one of them being storm damage that could compromise the integrity of the building materials. The excess of moisture due to the failure of the structure could be a chief cause of environmental problems in the damaged areas.
Improper Grading Outside - If the slope outside the house is grading toward the structure, this can cause moisture to build up around the foundation of the structure. This could lead to a water intrusion, as mentioned above.
High Relative Humidity - A high humidity inside the structure can be a cause for
environmental concerns as well. The EPA recommends an indoor humidity of between 30-50 percent. This is considered normal for an indoor environment.
Natural Air Transfer - Another common cause for contaminates to be found in your home is through natural air transfer. Having open windows and doors allows for the transfer of air inside and outside of the home, allowing particulate matter to mix.
MOLD: XEROPHILIC VS. HYDROPHILIC FUNGI Hydrophilic Fungi A Hydrophile (A Greek term meaning water loving) are known as water-loving or tertiary molds. These colonizers or waterdamage molds need water activity greater than 0.9 (AW=1.0) and include many of the most toxic species such as Chaetomium globosum, Memnoniella echinata, Stachybotrys chartarum, and Trichoderma. It’s important to know that these spores are often spread by water, insects and rodents. Some of these species will aerosolize and spread throughout the structure in multiple ways, including through a heating and air conditioning system. Typical signs to look for are water damage, water staining, pipe leaks and roof leaks. Water-loving molds tend to grow slower than xerophilic molds that don’t require as much moisture.
Xerophilic Fungi A Xerophile (A Greek term meaning dry loving) is an organism that can grow and reproduce in conditions with a low availability of water. This also means that this particular type of fungi is “xerotolerant” or tolerant of dry conditions. Buildings can be considered “new” man-made ecosystems, where - as in other environments - a limited number of fungal species will dominate, depending on the humidity and nutrient availability. It’s important to note that these fungi are able to thrive under conditions where “marked changes in humidity happen during the day. These fungi will also thrive in environments with more moisture, however, they don’t require it.
TMP MOLD, MYCOTOXIN, AND VOC DICTIONARY MOLDS
Xerophilic Most common form of allergenic mold Grows in areas where dampness occurred
Xerophilic Common American Household Mold Potential Mycotoxin Producer
Hydrophilic Commonly Found in Water-Damaged Buildings Elimination of Water Source is Key to Remediation
Xerophilic Allergenic & Type III hypersensitivity pneumonitis (Hot Tub Lung) Thrives on Indoor Materials: Textiles, Wood, Window Sills
TMP MOLD, MYCOTOXIN, AND VOC DICTIONARY Fusarium
Hydrophilic Allergenic & Toxigenic Mold Found in Homes with Water Damage Potential Mycotoxin Producer
Xerophilic Allergenic & Type III hypersensitivity pneumonitis (Woodman’s Lung) Potential Mycotoxin Producer
Stachybotrys Hydrophilic Common Allergenic & Toxigenic Mold Thrives in damp, water damaged areas of buildings
VOCs Significant VOCs Ethanol - Cleaners, Alcohols, Wipes Isopropanol - Alcohols, Cleaners, Solvents Butane - Lighter Fluids, Gas, Aerosol Propellant Pentane - Gasoline, Aerosol Propellant Acetone - Nail Care, Cleaners, Paints, Adhesives Isobutane - Fuel, Refrigerant, Lighter Fluids Cyclohexane - Solvents, Glues, Paints a-Pinene - Pine, Fragrances, Insecticides Limonene - Fragrances, Paints, Cleaners Tetrahydrofuran - Solvent, Adhesive
MYCOTOXINS Aflotoxin - Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus Parasiticus Gliotoxin - Aspergillus fumigatus, Trichoderma, Penicillium Ochratoxin - Penicillium cerrucosum, Aspergillus ochraceus Trichothecine - Fusarium, Trichoderma, Stachybotrys
MYCOTOXINS - WHAT ARE THEY & HOW DO THEY AFFECT MY HEALTH? WHAT ARE MYCOTOXINS? Mycotoxins are a poisonous substance produced by certain types of mold. These toxins are released into the environment as a way for mold to defend itself. Common molds associated with mycotoxin production are: Aspergillus Flavus
Aspergillus Ochraceus In the extensive research done by Realtime Labs, it’s found that some molds are harmless to humans, but others can cause serious health issues. Mycotoxins have been linked to many types of medical issues like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Neurotoxicity, Immune Suppression, and many other problems. The U.S. Government has tested our food supplies for mycotoxins for years. Now, there is an increased focus on the same toxic exposures in our living environment. Click Here for more information about Mycotoxins.
WHAT IS MYCOTOXIN POISONING? If you’ve had a mold issue or someone in your home is suffering from symptoms related to mycotoxins, you may need to call a specialist to handle the problem. Many times, homeowners think they have taken care of the issue by killing the visible mold. However, they may still have mycotoxins in their home. This is because these toxins are non-living chemicals that linger long after the producing mold has been eradicated. A journal article written in 2019 by Omotayo et al states that these invisible off-gases can have a major impact on human health. Invisible to the naked eye, these particles can permeate your house through your HVAC system. They can become airborne and setting on the food you eat. When you breathe the air, the mycotoxins can work their way into your lungs. If you are to also come into dermal contact with mycotoxins, it can be absorbed through the skin. Once they have entered the body, the can pass through the bloodstream and collect in vital organs such as your liver and kidney. Not all types of mold produce mycotoxins and not all these toxins cause serious health problems. Mycotoxin testing can be performed by your doctor to evaluate your symptoms. If at-home testing is required, a professional assessor is recommended.
VOC’S & CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY WHAT ARE VOC’S? VOC’s, also known as Volatile Organic Compounds, are chemicals that off-gas from materials such as furniture, flooring, paints, cosmetics, cleaning products and fabrics. These chemicals build up in our homes and offices and influence the health of occupants that are sensitive or have existing allergies. This problem is usually exacerbated by poor ventilation that allows odors to occur. The presence of these VOC’s can be determined through specialized testing that will enable hygienists to determine a course of action. Several studies exist that highlight the effects of VOC’s on residents, including one journal written by Sarigiannis et al that evaluates the overall risk of VOC’s in indoor environments. The EPA also recognizes the following symptoms being correlated with VOC’s.
SYMPTOMS OF VOC’S Headaches
Shortness of breath
Prolonged exposure may be life threatening
DETECTING AND TREATING VOC’S Here at TMP, we offer testing using state of the art technology for a large list of Volatile Organic Compounds as well as formaldehyde. These samples are taken to test the inhalation risk inside the home. Remediation includes the relocation of the items in question to allow it to off-gas. The home also needs to be property ventilated during this time along with a carbon or chemical filter to scrub the air.
ACTINOMYCETES & YOUR HEALTH WHAT ARE ACTINOMYCETES? Actinomycetes are the most frequent species of bacteria found in buildings damaged by water. This is the type of bacteria that produces biotoxins similar to mycotoxins from mold. They have been known to contain pathogens that exacerbate hypersensitivity pneumonitis, or HP. It’s important to note that thermophilic actinomycetes and mycobacteria have been associated with decreased lung function, respiratory, or systemic symptoms reflecting granulomatous disease, otherwise known as asthma (Park et al., 2016). These Gram-positive bacteria normally colonize in the human mouth, digestive and genital tracts. It’s also interesting to note that these pathogens affect men more frequently than women. The image below expresses the natural habits of human Actinomycetes species, as outlined by a study conducted by Könönen & Wade in 2015.
SYMPTOMS INCLUDE Fever and Chills Shortness of Breath on Exertion Flu-like Achiness Wheezing Chest Tightness Coughing Attacks
TESTING FOR ACTINOMYCETES? As one of the environmental specialists to test for actinomycetes, this DNA-sequence based test identifies 40 main species of actinomycetes that are found in building-related diseases.
MOLD & YOUR HEALTH: HOW THE ENVIRONMENT EFFECTS YOU HEALTH CONCERNS Having mold present in your home or business is not only bad for the building itself, but can adversely affect your health. Health issues related to mold have been welldocumented. While healthy people can certainly suffer from mold exposure, the young, the elderly and people with respiratory conditions are even more susceptible to moldinduced health problems. In a paper written in 2007, Dr. Alex Delgado of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine found that many clinical patients exposed to mold experience health problems such as the ones below.
HEALTH PROBLEMS People who have asthma, allergies, sinusitis and other respiratory conditions are more susceptible to complications if mold is present in the home or business. Also, people who have weakened immune systems are at greater risk for complications, including those with HIV, diabetes and infants whose immune systems are not fully developed.
SYMPTOMS OF MOLD EXPOSURE Nausesa
Kidney (renal) failure
Acute idiopathic pulmonary hemorrhage (especially infants)
Asthma Memory Loss Irritation of the eyes, nose, skin, throat, and lungs
Some forms of cancer, including lung and liver cancer Increased lower respiratory illness and/or viral infections
AIRGUARD & SURFACEGUARD WHY ENZYMES? The Mold Pros feature organic formulas that are not toxic to pets, people, plants, clothing, furniture and carpets. The product is safe both during and after application. It is effective on HVAC systems, drywall, framing, flooring, clothing and furniture.
Biotransformation Enzymatic degradation of mycotoxins leads to non-toxic metabolites
A SurfaceGuard study was conducted by a second party lab. RealTime Labs measured mycotoxins on three different samples (figure 1). The initial values are depicted in blue, green, and orange. Following with the treatment of the SurfaceGuard for 24 hours, there were no detectable mycotoxins in any of the three samples (Hooper, 2019).
Enzyme & Botanical Based Formula No Phenolic Compounds Non-Toxic No Chlorine/Bleach Non-caustic No Formaldahyde Figure 1: Realtime Labs Mycotoxin Study
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS WITH IRV - ENV. SCIENTIST Irv Kraut is the resident Environmental Scientist here at The Mold Pros. Irv, a certified industrial hygienist, has been published by the EPA, the American Chemistry Society, and The Orlando Journal of Medicine for his knowledge of environmental hygiene. Throughout his career he has assessed hundreds of properties to determine bacterial and fungal contaminant sources.
Question’s Irv Often Gets Asked...
“Something is going on inside my home, can you test for mold?”
Testing alone will not tell us everything. An inspection will lead us to the source of contaminants and that is of critical importance. Sampling is part of thorough inspections that are important to finding the source and can be important to finding out more information for physicians and for our company to treat the environment and your body.
“Could my air conditioning system be the problem?”
Absolutely, the HVAC is the lungs of the home. A contaminated air conditioning system may introduce various contaminates including mold, bacteria, and viruses into the indoor environment. Understanding if the HVAC is contaminated is of critical importance as decontaminating an HVAC system can limit or eliminate the continuing spread of microorganisms.
“My AC system stopped running for several months, could that be a problem?”
In any climate where a lack of air conditioning could raise the relative humidity to over 50%, the possibility of xerophilic molds (dry loving molds) such as aspergillus may readily sporulate (reproduce) at an alarming rate and overwhelm the indoor environment. This is referred to as a humidity or mold bloom. In such cases, most areas of the indoor environment may become contaminated. This includes: furniture, counter tops, bedding, clothing, floors, walls, and ceilings.
“Does a musty odor mean that I have a problem?”
In most cases the musty odor, or MVOC, reflects recent or ongoing mold growth and is an early indicator of a problem. People with a mold illness may react quickly in such an environment with a rapid onset of symptoms.
“Can I use bleach to kill mold?”
While many common disinfectants like bleach could kill molds, they are often hazardous to the occupants, whereas green products such as enzymes are more effective and do not leave unhealthy residues behind.
DOCTOR INTERVIEWS We work with a number of practitioners across the country, all with one common goal in mind: better health for their clients. We spoke to Dr. Eric Dorninger of Roots and Branches in Boulder, CO about his experience with patients with CIRS, or Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome. We also spoke to Dr. Matt Pratt-Hyatt, a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology who has worked in research and development. When talking to Dr. Dorninger, he often refers to himself as a “Doctor of Mystery Illness” when referring to his CIRS patients. He found that, when studying medicine, he was more interested in the “Why?” of chronic illnesses not just the “What”. His hope is to help patients graduate out of healthcare by removing the obstacles to cure the exposure. “In 2013, we got 16 inches of rain in one week in Boulder, CO. That is our annual rainfall, in one week. That was the infamous 2013 Boulder, CO floods, and we have very hard clay here. We don’t have soil that absorbs well and we have a lot of rock. When you have that much rain coming down the mountains and flat irons, it’s going to literally bowl into our flood plains and so many people got washed out, wiped out, or flooded... I thought, ‘I’m living in a semi-arid desert out here in Colorado, I didn’t think I’d have to know mold.” When asking Dr. Dorninger about the impact of environmental factors on his patients, he claimed,
Dr. Eric Dorninger Roots and Branches
“My doctoring is important for managing the case and diagnosis, but if we can’t get the patient removed from biotoxin exposure, they won’t graduate”
When talking to Dr. Matt Pratt-Hyatt, we heard about treatment and discovery more from the perspective of analysis. With a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Dr. Pratt-Hyatt has focused more on the data and functional medicine stance. “I have been very lucky to never experience mold issues myself, but it was very surprising to me how pervasive mold illness is. When I came to The Mold Pros, I thought maybe 5% of the clients we were working with would have mold problems. However it turned out to be like 20-33%. It really is a driver of longterm illness.” During the interview, we asked Dr. Pratt-Hyatt what he felt was the first step to remission for mold illness, he explained, “There are may first steps that you need to take to remission. First, is to figure out there is a problem, usually through testing. Then, a person needs to find out where the exposure came from; this is done through inspection. Finally, a person needs to find a good practitioner who has experience working with patients suffering from mold exposure.”
Dr. Matt Pratt-Hyatt PhD The Mold Pros
THE HVAC IMPACT WHAT DOES AN HVAC DO FOR YOUR HOME? The heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, or HVAC is the system responsible for heating and cooling your home. This system includes:
Furnaces Air Conditioners Heat Pumps Ductwork Thermostats If the HVAC unit were to be compromised, this could cause a number of problems with the home’s fungal ecology. This can cause a buildup of contaminants such as mold, mycotoxins, and bacteria inside the home, causing potential illness to the occupants.
HOW DOES TMP TREAT YOUR HVAC? Advanced Filtration of all accessible components of HVAC Surface treat accessible components of HVAC Atomize with AirGuard New high efficiency filter
CRAWLSPACE ENCAPSULATIONS Why Encapsulate a Crawlspace? Crawlspace is a water vapor buffer between the home and the earth underneath. This barrier can have a buildup of moisture, which allows for mold to grow. If not property encapsulated, it is more susceptible to microbial growth. A crawlspace has all of the things that mold needs to thrive: oxygen, water, and complex carbon compounds (dust, pollen, airborne spores, etc.)
How TMP Encapsulates A Crawlspace Full Inspection of Crawlspace Surface Treat & Atomize Areas of Concern Set up Dehumidifier Remove/dispose of contaminated materials per EPA recommendations. Vents or Intrusions are Sealed Encapsulate Side Wall to Seal Plate Connect Floor & Wall Sheeting Seal around Support Pillars and Posts Install ventilation system
VENTILATION SYSTEMS WHAT IS A VENTILATION SYSTEM? Ventilation Systems are humidity management systems that are placed inside the basement or crawlspace of a home. This helps to regulate any excess moisture, dust, and other air contaminants inside the structure inevitably reducing the risk of mold growth in high-moisture areas. The American Lung Association and the EPA recommend three strategies for reducing indoor air pollutants:
Source Control Ventilation Air Cleaning Crawlspace, slab foundation and Basement ventilation systems tackle all of these, creating cleaner and fresher indoor air.
HOW DOES IT WORK? Unlike other products, ventilation systems are designed to rid the home of harmful moisture and humidity - not just circulating moisture or stale air. The system creates a slight pressure variance, drawing in damp, contaminated air down and out of the home, ventilating it to the outside. This creates an air exchange that occurs up to 10 times per day, providing a much needed path of escape for airborne contaminants. Some ventilation systems are controlled by a humidity gauge that will regulate the unit based on the desired humidity and fan speed. These systems outperform dehumidifiers and air purifiers by providing healthier indoor air. It cycles the air out of the home, unlike a dehumidifier that recycles the same air through a filter. It also addresses the issue of moisture and dampness in the home, cycling that into the outside air as well.
HOW DO THE MOLD PROS SOLVE THE PROBLEM? The Mold Pros offer the installation of a few different ventilation products: The Basement Ventilation System, a slab foundation system, and the Crawlspace Conditioner. Each of these installs help to remove contaminates from the air in high risk areas of the home, exhausting them out of the home and into the outside air. These installs can be included in any remediation proposal upon the request of the client - ask one of our offices about our ventilation system options.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD INSPECTION Finding the source of mold exposure is very important! A person cannot properly detoxify if they are continually exposed to mold and mycotoxins. Current exposure is the number one culprit. However, we could also be dealing with lingering past exposure or colonization. When analyzing a home, The Mold pros focus on the three points that impact indoor environments.
Moisture Microbes Toxins One important number for mold inspectors to know is the water activity, or aw. aw x 100 = % relative humidity at equilibrium The longer a material’s aw is over 0.75, the greater the risk for fungal growth. This explains why our clients in Florida, the Pacific Northwest, and Gulf of Mexico region are more likely to have mold problems - these are all high humidity areas. However, mold growth is not exclusive to humid areas. Construction and maintenance issues can also be a proponent of mold growth. These areas can be found within any part of the home/business/school. However, problems have been found in some areas more than others. In the figure to the left by Becher et al. you can see that a majority of problems can be localized to the basement, attic, and bathrooms. Our technicians spend as much time as necessary to do a thorough inspection in the structure. We utilize state of the art equipment to find hidden moisture behind walls and difficult to find areas. Examples of some equipment that we utilize are infrared thermal cameras, moisture meters, and hygrometers. When testing for microbes, there are eight main options for sampling: spore traps, surface sampling, invasive sampling,ERMI, HERTSMI-2, endotoxin testing, bacterial testing, and EMMA-part 1. Each of these tests comes with a set of strengths that help us to fully identify the fungal ecology problems inside the structure. In the case of mold, when it feels threatened, it will produce toxic metabolites. There are a few different types of toxins, each dependent on the species of mold, the environment, and the food source. The second part of the EMMA test is an environmental mycotoxin assessment. This is the only lab to perform this function, which is necessary for a full inspection. Toxins, which are molecules, are 1000 times smaller than spores, meaning they have the capacity to infiltrate areas of buildings that spores may be unable to reach. This is why the second portion of the EMMA test is so crucial to a thorough inspection. This allows us to look for any hidden mold inside the home without conducting unnecessary demolition.
REMEDIATION: WHAT MAKES TMP DIFFERENT? The Mold Pros believe in conducting what we call “Right-Sized” Remediations. This is based on a thorough, comprehensive inspection. This inspection provides a wide range of environmental sampling and moisture detection in order to discover the full fungal ecology of the structure. The findings allow The Mold Pros to build a remediation proposal of how best to return the home to a normal fungal ecology, getting as specific as even a partial home remediation.
WHAT IS A TRADITIONAL REMEDIATION? Filtration that is 99.97% effective down to .3 microns. This may not address finer particulates such as hyphal fragments and bio-mass Can include the use of harsh, caustic chemicals such as sodium hypochlorite. HVAC treatment in moderate & major contamination May involve unnecessary demolition of building materials Contaminated items stored in 6 mil poly bags Can include expensive, outsourced content cleaning
WHAT IS THE TMP WAY? Commercial HEPA Air Scrubbing of contaminates during demolition Treatment of contaminated HVAC system, including ductwork Removal/Disposal of contaminated items per EPA guidelines Enzyme & Botaical based mold treatment Treatment of non-porous, salvageable personal contents Filtration that is 99.9995% effective down to .1 micron, addressing finer particulates such as hyphal fragments and biomass
CLIENT TESTIMONIALS “I was recommended by my doctor to talk to The Mold Pros to get my house mold inspected, and they quickly uncovered a horrendous toxic black mold problem resulting from a leaky upstairs toilet. My doctor told me that she NEVER seen mold and mycotoxin counts as high as they were in my home. The Mold Pros were kind, respectful, took the time to answer all of my (zillion) questions, and were quick to respond to any email inquiries or phone calls I made to them. They kept to their promise of starting on our scheduled date, and ended just a few days later. They were respectful of my home and left it in good order. The third-party retest showed that no molds or mycotoxins were present. But the best news was when I had a new MRI done a few months later, and it was STABLE! I could not be happier with the exceptional work done by The Mold Pros and is immediate positive impact on my health. Thank you so much!!” Sarah Grain, Indianapolis
This company is great, they were on the problem the same day that I contacted them, and proceeded to set up the appt. for filling the cracks and cleaning the basement. This was all done in less then two weeks, with reports sent to me explaining what was done and how it was completed. They were very professional in all aspects of the process. I would recommend them to all interested parties. We now feel completely safe and secure in our home and basement. Thank You All. Donald Appleby, Harrisonville
When we first discussed your company doing the Mold Remediation in our home, I felt sure that you and your staff would do a good job. I never thought that you and your staff would do such a terrific job. When my wife and I returned to our home after the completion of the work, we found the house in PERFECT ORDER!!!! Everything had been vacuumed, dusted , wiped clean, just a great job. The report came back from the laboratory and every item on the report was below the baseline. I was very impressed that every one of the twenty four items on the treatment plan was done to our satisfaction. After the report, the people who were interested in buying the house, wrote us a contract!! Thanks for your help and total professionalism. Ed Sandridge, Leawood
I would highly recommend The Mold Pros. I was very impressed with the remediation process and your firm was also very timely. Everything looks great. Thank you very much! Don Petree, Lawson
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