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Welcome to SOS Environmental

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 a Mold problem?

    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. Go here 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.  Click here to read more!


  • Testing, identification and 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

    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!  Click here to find out more about what we can do!


  • 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”  Click here to find out more.

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Don’t simply rely upon air tests to tell you if there is a mold problem  Air tests are notoriously inaccurate by nature.  Further, they are subject to interpretation and impacted dramatically by environmental as well as other factors.  Air test results are NOT what a mold inspection should be based on.  Contact SOS and we will explain to you why we are different and will give you answers, not simply provide a false sense of security.  Look at this article on air samples and why should not rely upon them. .


WE CAN HANDLE YOUR PROBLEMS

 

Look at some of our work

 

Recent articles on mold

 

 


recent articles on mold
  • 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 […] read more

  • 09 April, 2014

        GET ANSWERS NOT QUESTIONS     Some of the issues with air samples can be: Results and conclusions are subjective-  With air samples an indoor sample is compared to an outdoor sample.  Concentrations of various types of spores are compared as are total counts.  However, conditions greatly skew these results.  Circumstances like wind, […] read more

  • 15 May, 2014

      This image illustrates how air moves through you home! Air moves in and out of your home via pathways and typical gaps in insulation.  As energy efficiency increases, air exchange decreases resulting in less fresh air coming into you home!  Worse yet, is that typically in a home with a crawlspace a majority of […] read more

  • 15 May, 2014

     CASE STUDY- Santa Barbara California  Problem:  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 by industrial hygiene company.  In their inspection they identified no problems in the home with […] read more

  • 09 June, 2015

    Case Study: Front load washer, mold and health effects on your family.            hi my name is Chuck Colby and I own and manage SOS Environmental.  I have been solving indoor environmental issues for almost 20 years; specializing in mold and water damage. Today’s chat is about Front Load Washing Machines. […] 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 large enough to cover the exhaust portion of the fan (or use 2 of them), and a roll of duct tape. fit the filter(s) to the exhaust side of the fan. Tape […] read more

dont tell me I have mold600by518

Having Mold is NOT usually a problem.

Most problems can easily be addressed and can be completely eliminated.

SOS will help you figure out if you have a problem

 

We have the experience, know how, and qualified experts including Ph.D.’s to assist you in managing any indoor environmental issue you may encounter.  We specialize in Mold and water damage related issues.  We can handle your problem from start to finish! Tell you IF you need costly professional remediation or if a handyman can address your concerns.

 

 

We save our clients money! Mold inspection information

 

 

 

 

Clients Feedback

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.

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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.

Karen,

" Chuck helped us out tremendously.  I can't speak more highly of Chuck and SOS.  We had a second home we were selling which was in escrow for almost $4 million dollars.  This home was completely rebuilt from the ground up spending over $2.5 million alone in construction.  Essentially this is a new home.  The buyer came in and hired a local Santa Barbara mold inspection company who did an investigation and found nothing wrong.  Subsequently, they took air samples inside of the home in every room of the home.  The mold counts were excessive and they could not figure out why.  They told us that it would cost likely about $150,000 dollars to identify the problem and fix it.  Plus it would require us spending an undetermined amount on cosmetic repair.  Based on what they were thinking about removing it would have required us to essentially replace most of the interior walls, bathrooms etc.  In short; A nightmare.  The transaction failed and now we had a real problem.  We had just spent $2.5 million dollars on this home and now what.  Our insurance would not cover this as they could not identify either what the root cause of the issue was.  Chuck and SOS came in and figured the problem out in less than an hour.  Turns out it was openings in the understructure of the home which were repaired and patched. The interior of the home was cleaned and sanitized by SOS and we installed fans under the home to ensure that negative pressure was maintained under the home.  We dried down the crawlspace as well which was a bit damp as the home is located by the water.  Net- after spending about $2,500 with SOS 5 days later we re took air tests inside the home and the air quality was completely NORMAL!  SOS and Chuck saved us from a real disaster!.  Thanks again to Chuck and SOS..... "

Larry and Wendy, Santa Barbara CA.,

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SOS is a full service indoor environmental services company that can manage any indoor environmental issue from start to finish.  We provide a complete solution either in house, or with our strategic partners so that you have ONE person to rely upon from start to finish.  We can manage a project of any size and no project is too big or too small.  From a 250,000 square foot office complex, A hospital or surgery center, a 700 room hotel, a 500 unit condo complex or a simple apartment sink issue.  We are the right choice.  

SOS is the RIGHT choice!

  • 90%

    homes have some mold 
  • 95%

    have had water issues
  • 40%

    need remediation 
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    problems we can solve
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    you will be satisfied 

 

 

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Our Services

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We will give you answers.  Hire SOS

WE can handle any issue with respect to Mold

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If it is a mold problem, we have likely seen it before.  We have participated in over 50,000 mold investigations and have seen every possible mold related circumstance you can imagine!  Most if not all mold issues can be mitigated easily and will result in being like it never happened.  The key is during the remediation process ensuring where the leaks are coming from. Stop the leak; Stop the mold.

say no to air tests

While air tests are a great tool, they are NOT necessary typically to identify what to do if there is a problem identified in a home.  Read more about the role of air samples in a mold inspection.   Don’t be fooled by company’s that come in and take air tests and call that a mold inspection.  That is NOT what a competent mold inspection should be.  Read what a competent mold inspection should include. 


OUR HAPPY CLIENTS

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.

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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.

Karen,

We can help! 

a typical excerpt from report describing a mold issue in detail

a typical excerpt from report describing a mold issue in detail

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