Studies about Mold Toxicity Gives Answers to People Who Are Suffering with Health Problems
With recent studies about mold toxicity becoming more common, it is understandable that you have may have concerns. There are so many scare tactics used by mold remediation companies it can hard to decipher fact from fiction. Here at Fresh Start, we really have tried to do our best to bring information to you as the customer without bringing a fear-based approach. This is not always easy to do. The number of recent studies about mold toxicity are staggering. Even those of us in the industry are amazed and perplexed by the study results we are seeing! In addition, we have seen an exponential increase with doctors becoming aware of the connections of significant health problems and mold exposure. This is something that 10 years ago that was almost unheard of. Even severe illnesses like cancer and Alzheimer’s are being potentially linked to long-term mold exposure. We have seen many people, members of our own family and friends who have dealt with devastating health issues that went without answers for years, to only find out recently it was a result of mold toxicity. We don’t want to add to the noise. However we feel like it is our duty to bring information to you, to help you make informed decisions.
Improper Mold Removal Creates Big Problems
We see lots of negative health effects to people who either remove mold improperly or ignore it. Unfortunately, this is a far too common problem that could be avoided with the right education. We see improper mold removal most commonly in flipped properties, where quick turnaround and high profits are the only goal. This is also very common among general contractors to rip out mold and not follow any form of recommended EPA protocols. We are in a similar time with mold like we were with asbestos and led 50 years ago. People use to think it was no big deal and now we have the knowledge and the understanding that it is a big deal! There will always be people who minimize it, but we have seen first hand the damage that can be done. We even have friends that are contractors and we see them do this all the time. It doesn’t matter what we say, it only falls on deaf ears. They are still going to do it no matter what we or anyone else says. We see and know the risks they are taking. It is hard not to get angry because we know that it will be the family that lives in that property that will pay the biggest price with their health. All you can say to contractors like this is, “I hope you have really good insurance and a good attorney because your liability is substantial!”
Story of Ignored Mold
A customer of who is a realtor, saw first hand the damaging effects of toxic mold. She had a daughter who was going to college, so they purchased a small, inexpensive property in the town where she was going to college. The daughter moved in and everything seemed okay. A few months later we get a phone call that her daughter is sick with lots of respiratory problems. She has been in a hospital and they’re wondering if there’s a mold problem. And so we offered to help them out, provide inspections and remediation. The property wasn’t located here in the Kansas City metro area, but we were still willing to help out a customer and go to the property location several hours away . For some reason, the customer decided to leave things alone and not address the mold. Now, 2 years later, she called and told us that her daughter’s health problems only continued to deteriorate and was officially diagnosed with CIRS (chronic inflammatory response syndrome).
We Got in the Mold Business to Meet a Need
When we started our company in 2008 we had no idea that mold remediation would be a part of our future. We started out as a carpet and floor cleaning company that soon started providing water damage restoration due to an emergency flooding season. After that crisis was over we began to dive into the restoration industry seriously with certifications, training and networking with more experienced companies. As we started to get more involved in water damage restoration, we saw many things going on that really concerned us. We saw that in the industry and most remediators we’re not following normal protocols. Putting the occupants at risk for health problems. We saw this mainly in large franchises and commercial chains. The ones that are common names that you would call during a water damage situation. We saw so many companies willing to risk the customer’s health, while cashing their checks at the same time. I talked to my wife about it and we decided to dive into the mold industry ourselves for the sole purpose of educating ourselves and protecting the health of our customers. What we didn’t expect was the demand from our customers to provide mold services. We didn’t even do marketing for mold services, our customers just heard we were certified in it and they started calling. The number one comment we heard was that they were looking for a honest mold contractor that was not going to use fear tactics, be honest and provide quality services that were safe. Within just a few years the demand for our mold services was greater than all of the others. So, in 2015 we restructured our company to make mold removal our full time focus.
Landlord’s Pay Higher Prices When They Don’t Remove Mold Correctly
We understand spending money on mold removal is no fun! We have a number of real estate investors we have serviced since the inception of our company. We have seen the long-term effects of ignoring mold or removing mold improperly. Most landlords don’t want to spend any more money than they absolutely have to and they want to maximize profit on that property. We understand the business enough to understand that that is an admirable goal. However, we have seen through the years of providing services to the same customers year and year and after year that this methodology is much more expensive! We have seen landlords just lose their shirt over legal battles because they did not want to handle a mold problem correctly or they ignored it. No one likes the red tape, no one likes to follow protocols. But in the long run, what ends up happening is you really protect yourself, you protect your property, and you protect yourself legally. So I appeal to landlords. If you have a propensity to not follow protocols and turn a blind eye to mold or paint over it or do any of these other methods, I really challenge you to reevaluate what you’re doing. Not only for a liability perspective and a legality perspective, but from a moral perspective of what your providing your tenants.
Why Call Fresh Start?
Anytime you call, you’ll speak directly with a mold professional. You’re not going to have to deal with a scheduler or with an office assistant who doesn’t understand what they’re talking about. You will be able to speak directly with a mold professional that can discuss your concerns. We’re more than happy to help. We encourage you to check out our most recent article about the new Kansas City rental home inspection ordinance that was just passed by voters.