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Mold Inspection Sciences Texas and Blackmon Mooring & BMS CAT Collaborations Deliver New Mold Response Efficiencies

The SLOM Episode 05


AUSTIN, Texas, January 14, 2020 — The Secret Life of Mold, a monthly podcast released by Mold Inspection Sciences Texas, recently sat down with Robby Jackson, general manager of Blackmon Mooring & BMS CAT Austin, to discuss the solution for a faster, more efficient response to mold.

“Mold remediation is the process of treating mold-contaminated matter or areas, effectively stopping, reducing, and repairing the growth of mold,” said Jackson. “Mold needs warmth, moisture, and food. A lot of that can be taken care of if you do the correct water mitigation up front. Anytime there is a water loss, it needs to be dealt with immediately. It only takes 48 to 72 hours for mold to become present.”

You don’t even need a flood or broken pipe to have mold. If the humidity is too high or the air quality in a building is off, you can open yourself up to mold growth in air ducts or areas that aren’t receiving the conditioned air quality needed, Jackson said.

“It’s all about the humidity inside vs. outside,” he explained. “Moisture is always going to seek dry. For example, if you put a dry towel in a tub and hang it over the edge, that moisture is going to crawl up that towel and down the other side. Moisture is instinctive that it wants to go to a dry space.”

Mold is a traumatic experience for many consumers, and they don’t understand the risk of not having it professionally handled, Jackson reports.

“Not enough people know that mold assessments and remediation are two different processes that should be kept separate,” he said. “However, when used in a collaborative effort, they can help solve a mold issue much more comprehensively.”

So what makes this relationship so much more efficient? According to Jackson, it’s the checks and balances, the open lines of communication, and having that unique detection expertise available while the restoration is in process.

“Not all mold problems are the same,” says guest co-host and Mold Inspection Sciences Texas Chief Operating Officer Mike Marshall. “Valuable data is collected, so assessment and remediation can successfully work together. Investigating, collecting samples, and laboratory testing is the only way to know for sure what type of mold is present, how much mold is present, and how it may be impacting the indoor environment.”

“That is how we know for sure that we are properly containing, cleaning, and restoring impacted areas,” Jackson adds. “Without a scope of work, we are left to assumptions. It may even be that we need to expand the scope of work once we start working, and we find that there is more damage than initially suspected.

“That open line of communication with a consultant and a partner like Mold Inspection Sciences Texas is critical in that type of transition, if necessary. And we’ve done that on quite a few occasions with unbelievable success.”

“Rarely do you see collaboration between the two areas,” Marshall adds. “But together, we’re demonstrating that teamwork can comprehensively and swiftly help solve a possible mold problem and prevent more in the future.”

In The Secret Life of Mold Episode #005 — “How Mold Assessment and Remediation Work Hand in Hand” — host Craig Cooper, Marshall, and Jackson discuss:

  • What a mold assessment is
  • What mold remediation entails
  • Why both jobs need to be done separately
  • The innovative importance of collaboration to help solve a mold issue and return life to normal

The podcast can be downloaded on The Secret Life of Mold podcast page.

It can also be downloaded on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and nine other podcast platforms.



About The Secret Life of Mold:

Whether you’ve had a life-changing experience because of mold or simply never dealt with it, mold is something you should be aware of. You see, it can lurk undetected, wreaking havoc and making you, those around you, and your property sick.

Host Craig Cooper has over 20 years’ experience in the mold industry and has performed more than 10,000 residential and commercial property inspections during his career. Now a project manager and senior mold inspector at Mold Inspection Sciences, Craig works to educate clients on what’s really going on in their homes, places of work, or schools with proven expertise, inspection skill, and science-based testing solutions.

Craig and the Mold Inspection Sciences team have seen the worst of mold. They understand what homeowners, renters, and property managers don’t. They know the plethora of myths, misconceptions, and scare tactics that cause confusion and fear. Sure, mold can be dangerous and scary, but a lot of times it isn’t. The Secret Life of Mold podcast is armed with proven and experienced tips, tools, strategies, and information on all things mold, allergy, and air quality issues that you need to know. Join us, won’t you? Because it’s time for you to breathe easy.

About Mold Inspection Sciences Texas:

Mold Inspection Sciences Texas,, was founded in 2007 by President and CEO Michael Bains with one simple goal in mind: to provide affordable, professional, and high-quality mold inspection and testing services to people across Texas suffering from the nuisance of mold. Over the past 12 years, MISTX has successfully performed and solved thousands of investigations, providing safer and healthier conditions for a wide variety of clients to thrive in.

About Blackmon Mooring & BMS CAT:

Blackmon Mooring & BMS CAT started in 1948 as a furniture and dye shop. Blackmon Mooring has grown to become a leader in each service area where it practices — from fire and water restoration to storm damage recovery. The earliest founders of Blackmon Mooring built their business on reliability, quality, and superior customer service. In 1981, the company expanded its reach globally with the addition of the BMS CAT division, and since then it has responded to some of the world’s most devastating disasters. Today, the company follows the same principles it was founded upon, and always remembers that the customer is the cornerstone of the business.

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