Comprehensive remediation & water damage plan
We will design for you the correct remediation and mitigation plan with step-by-step instructions→
Identification, Testing, Clearance certification
OIf required, we can test and identify & document the mold present. After mitigation work, we can test and certify the project so that you know it has been addressed properlyView more →
Consultation and site visit!
We do a comprehensive site analysis and inspection for water damage, moisture and potential areas containing mold. View more →
Online reporting and project management
We are ag green company and have pioneered the paperless office. As such ALL of our work product is delivered electronically. You can manage and view all your information on ALL of your projects in one place neatly organized. View more →
Visual findings report available immediately
After we have done the primary inspection and uploaded our field notes, our system automatically sends you a notification that our visual findings report is ready. This is a brief overview of what we found available immediately to assist you in your project management. So you have information now that you can review prior to the final report being published. View more →
Building science orientated project design
WE take into account specific design features of your structure/home in designing a plan to fix your issues! For example, if there was a leak in one room we make sure to think about what happened ot the adjoining rooms, the rooms or area below? We take a scientific approach to all remediation issues individually for each structure. View more →
The Remediation Project
From start to finish we can assist in any size remediation project! No job is too small and not too many are too big! We have managed projects for the A-list of Hollywood celebrities, Forbes top 20 wealthy individuals, and normal people and their issues as well. Every project is managed on an individual basis and no two projects are ever completely alike. We have been at this since 1997 or so. We have seen every imaginable mold issue that you can come up with. We have saved customers hundreds of thousands of dollars in remediation work. With our simple, complete and no-nonsense approach to the issues.
Sometimes a mold problem is not caused by what is going on inside a home. Sometimes, it is the crawlspace that is impacting the indoor air quality of the home. Recently, we managed a project in Santa Barbara of a $3.9 million dollar new construction home that was in escrow. The buyer performed a mold inspection and comprehensive indoor air testing. The investigation concluded that they could NOT find any areas of mold inside of the home, however the results of the air tests were terrible! The concentrations of mold spores inside of the home were over 10 times of that found in the normal outdoor air. The buyer backed out of the deal out of concerns about exposure to mold. The company hired had no answers as they could NOT figure out what was happening. We were hired and fixed the problem in 4 days! The issue was that when the home was built the crawlspace had openings up into the underneath section of the homes lower floors. This was allowing air exchange between the crawlspace and the interior air space of the home. When the openings were sealed off, and the home wiped and cleaned, the “mold problem” (which never was in the first place) vanished! The seller had been told that he needed over $100,000 dollars or more in mold remediation and exhaustive intrusive investigations which would have resulted in at least $200,00o in additional cosmetic repairs from the investigations and mitigation. The home is fine now; our bill? $2,450.00 and solved in 4 days.
Project Date: December 2013
Client: Larry and Wendy from Santa Barbara CA
- Seal off openings in crawlspace to home
- wipe down and clean entire home and all surfaces inside of the home.
- install extractor fans under the home and dry understructure
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.,