It’s hard to imagine getting value from a mold consultation with someone who is almost 2,000 miles away and hasn’t set foot in your house. However, like many I’d heard Dr. Chris Kresser’s interview with Michael online and I knew this was the guy I needed to talk to about my baffling mold situation (at least, baffling to all the other ‘experts’ I’d invited into my home in the last few years to assess or try to help fix it…).
Michael’s intake paperwork was thorough and thoughtful, and he reviewed it along with our lab paperwork in advance of the meeting. He connected with my husband (at work at the time) and me (in the house) from his studio in Tuscon. While we were on video chat together, he reviewed the photos, videos and infrared images to which we’d sent him a link, and during the process he was able to provide insight on mold testing (including sampling considerations and what we can and can’t conclude from our ERMI / HERTSMI-2 scores and infrared images), the relevance of any supplemental environmental testing, building science and air filtration considerations, the pros and cons of combining remediation efforts with structural modifications to our home vs. moving, a variety of environmental and possession remediation options, and related health considerations.
He was then able to match us with an esteemed colleague in our area (whom we would never have found on our own) who is scheduled to visit us in person to go over the house with a fine-toothed comb, saving us the expense of flying Michael out here personally. He also followed up with a 15-page summary of guidelines and protocols on mold remediation and environmental cleaning, to help us have the most informed possible dialogue with our local inspector and any remediation contractors we might invite to send us a proposal. The document refers to the research studies on which it is based, as filtered through Michael’s years of national and international experience across a variety of climates and architecture styles. The document is invaluable in helping us understand how to separate fact from widely-touted opinion as we move forward.
We still are looking down the barrel of a massive remediation effort, but armed with this wealth of knowledge and a referral of this caliber – oddly for the first time since this whole mess started I feel calm and confident that this is going to go well, and we are going to be happy with the final result. And as a huge plus – WE ARE GOING TO GET OUR HEALTH BACK!! 😀
Thank you Michael Shrantz 🙂
PS – if you contact Michael, do your best to read the extensive free consensus paper he collaborated with several other indoor environmental professionals to publish (http://www.survivingmold.com/community/indoor-environmental-professionals-panel-of-surviving-mold-consensus-statement), so you can use that as a springboard for accomplishing even more than you thought possible. Pausing for a moment to consider the level of effort he and his colleagues have put into making this information available to us FOR FREE gives you a glimpse of how both knowledgeable and experienced he truly is, and how committed he is to helping us get our homes and our families well.
May this be the year you get your mold concerns beautifully resolved and your family’s health restored! 🙂