Welcome to SOS Mold tm & SOS Environmental
Do you have mold? SOS will solve mold problems. We can assist you with any indoor environmental issue, however we specialize in mold and water related issues. We are a full service consulting company and can provide a “start to finish” solution for you or your indoor environmental concerns. From a small condo to a 600 unit building, hotel or office building. SOS has been providing solutions since 1996.
Do you have mold? SOS will solve mold problems
We can tell you what is wrong fast and easy as well as map out a definitive plan to fix the issue in detail. We do not work for free; no one really does. But we are the most cost effective and reliable option there is. Learn about mold inspections.
Simple answers to tough questions
We have been at this a bit. We have many accolades to our credit. We can get the job done right and the first time. You don’t need air tests to figure out what is wrong typically. We will help you sort out your indoor environmental issues. Read more
Testing, identification & Remediation coordination
We can identify the issue, design a minimally invasive protocol to address the issue, and even assist in remediation coordination should you wish! A complete solution to any mold issue.
Water damage specialists
Do you have mold? Let SOS help you. We specialize in water related issue and water damage. It is essential to address water damage concerns immediately. Otherwise, if not dried out in 48 hours, you will have mold growth. See what happens if you don’t address water damage properly!
Buying a new house?
Buying a new home? Renting a new place? This is a difficult and arduous process for sure. It is as well very stressful. There lots of unknowns and issues to resolve. Don’t let finding a hidden mold problem be one of them! read more about how we can help
We can help you fix your issues!
If there is a problem, we have a network of highly qualified professionals that are ready and able to address the problems so that your place is back to a “pre loss condition” read more
Do you have mold? SOS will solve mold problems
some recent articles
- 27 February, 2014
So you think you have a mold issue? We can help you figure it out. Mold isn’t really a problem as much as it is the result OF another problem. Meaning that typically, mold in your home is the result of the some sort of water intrusion or leak. We can help you sort out […] read more
Do I need air tests during my mold inspection? The answer on the first time inspection is typically no! Air tests are valuable tools that an industrial hygienist (mold inspector) can use. If you don’t take air samples how do you know? The answer is simple as well as complex. But in essence, if […] read more
- 15 May, 2014
How a crawlspace impacts indoor air quality This image illustrates how air moves through you home! this article will help you understand how a crawlspace impacts indoor air quality of your home. Air moves in and out of your home via pathways and typical gaps in insulation and construction that are not sealed. This shows […] read more
- 15 May, 2014
Case study on inaccurate air samples Location- Santa Barbara California Problem: Our case study of inaccurate air samples is centered on a home in escrow for $3.9 million dollars that was re built from the ground construction budget was $2.5 million dollars. In connection with the escrow and proposed purchase, a mold inspection was performed […] read more
- 09 June, 2015
Case Study: Does my front load washing machine have mold? Front load washer, mold and health impact on your family. My name is Chuck Colby and I own and manage SOS Environmental LLC. I have been solving indoor environmental issues for almost 20 years; specializing in mold and water damage. This article will center two questions: […] read more
- 24 September, 2015
Here is what you need to make a great DIY HEPA filter. a typical box type fan. A HEPA rated allergen return filter (any brand will do as long as it is allergen/or HEPA rated. There are designations MERV ‘XX’ you may see. Try to get a MERV 13 or higher. The filter only needs […] read more
- 05 November, 2015
what to do if you have a leak You may not like the answer but here it is. Most homes today have drywall used for their walls. IF drywall ( aka “sheetrock”) is allowed to remain wet for more than 48 hours it will almost certainly contain growth mold. So, the trick is to dry it […] read more
- 27 April, 2016
Does my front load washing machine have mold? How a front loading washing machine was making her kids sick! It is a fact that if you have a front load washing machine, it is causing mold to be on your clothes! Recently I visited a small home in the San Fernando Valley of a family […] read more
- 23 May, 2016
This will show you how to build a DIY mold containment for homeowners and contractors alike. A lot of what we are going to say is simply intuitive and logical. Understand that the “idea” is that you want to keep the mold spores from being distributed while you are removing them from the work area. How […] read more
After dealing with many sinus infections, coughs, runny noses etc. from our 3 year old, we decided to have our house inspected for mold. Chuck was prompt, informative and very familiar with our situation having been through constant sicknesses from his own children. He inspected the entire inside and outside of the home. He pointed out all areas of mold and advised that not everything would be considered a hazard to our health. Then he got to the laundry area...our front loader washer was the issue! It was lined with mold on the inside of the washing drum! The washer was removed within minutes! We followed all of Chuck's instructions..daily vacuuming, opening all windows for natural air flow, tossing all items with stuffing/batting that have ever been washed in the the front loader, and washing all items that had ever been washed in the front loader on the hottest sanitizing cycle in the new washer (NOT a front loader, btw!). We are approaching 2 months since Chuck was here and we have been free of any kind of sickness! We are so thankful for you, your expertise and your kindness. We already have and will continue to refer you business!
" I professionally manage hi net worth individual, movie stars and Hollywood A-list celebrities. Chuck has worked for me and my clients for several years and they always do great work, on time and get the job done right. I count on SOS for any indoor environmental concern and will continue to."
I have used SOS several times over the last decade and they ALWAYS exceed my expectations! It's reassuring to know that with their expertise in environmental problems, any issues that might be there will be found and corrected. Chuck Colby will do what needs to be done to make sure your home is a safe and healthy place.
I always read other Yelp reviews with a jaundiced eye as you never know who is writing the reviews or their motives. I was in need of a mold inspection for a condo purchase in Santa Barbara asap. I gambled on SOS/Chuck Colby and it was a great gamble. I live 2 hours away and coordinating remotely has it challenges. Chuck was so great -- returned phone calls promptly, communicated well, showed up on time, totally professional and nice. Fortunately the condo had no significant issues but his written report had some good recommendations for improving interior air quality. His price was fair and his report thorough. I would highly recommend Chuck/SOS -- prompt, professional, pleasant -- Thank you Chuck.
I can't speak more highly of Chuck and SOS. We selling a home that we had just spent close to $2 million dollars in construction on; it was from the ground up brand new. The home was in escrow close to $3.5 Million dollars. The buyers hired a local mold company who "couldn't find any signs of mold or any problems". Then, they took air samples in every room in the home. The counts were extremely high inexplicably. The only thing this mold company could tell the buyer and us was that it would cost about $150,000 to demolish the interior surfaces of the home and try to "find" the problem. This did not include restoring the surfaces that were removed. Chuck Colby came out, identified the issue (which was our crawlspace), in about 5 minutes. $2,500 dollars later it was fixed and tested fine. We lost our buyer but got another one. All tested fine. Thanks again Chuck and SOS
" Chuck and SOS helped me out of a difficult spot with my tenant who was very sensitive to mold. Chuck came in and the guys at SOS saved me a lot of money and helped me find the source of the main issue. Compared to the other companies that I met with SOS was by far the best and saved me about $6,000 dollars and got the job done right! Thanks SOS ."
I'm the CEO of one of the largest media companies in the world. We purchased a home that had a mold problem in the lower wine cellar. We needed the entire job done in 4 days, which we were told was impossible. Other companies told us it would take 3 weeks or more. Chuck and his team got it done. In fact, when I met Chuck on the site, he wanted to go back to his office to give me a proper bid. Alternatively, I forced him to tell me what it would cost right then. He gave me a price of $12,000 dollars and I said "fine" and wrote a check for the entire amount right then. On the 4th day as promised I met Chuck on the job and it was done perfectly and even had the lab samples emergency rushed and the results back in hand. All in 4 days. To my surprise not only did he get the job done, but he handed me a check for $3,000 dollars. I asked "what is this" Chuck told me that when I forced him to give a price, that it ended up being $3,000 more than it should have and he was refunding me that money. I have never in my life had this experience with anyone. It was ironic, that the same day my audio/video installer tried to charge me over $40,000 to wire up some speakers.