I founded a company called Lab Results on March 3, 2003 to specialize in the detection, location, diagnosis and prevention of mold and moisture problems in all indoor environments.
To eliminate wasteful testing and save valuable time, we employ specially trained mold-detection dogs – specifically Labrador Retrievers - to help us find sources of hidden mold growth. All of the dogs we use are rescued from local animal shelters and put through a rigorous training program at the world-renowned Florida Canine Academy by Master Trainer Bill Whitstine.
We were the first company in the Northeast, and one of the first nationwide, to employ Mold Dogs™ for this particular application. We also pioneered the combined use of infrared thermal imaging cameras and numerous other high-technology tools with our canine-based approach and have created a mold detection and mold inspection method that is second to none. After about two-and-a-half years, we had built a loose coalition of roughly 86 independent dog-and-handler teams from coast to coast.
The problem was that we couldn’t effectively transfer the knowledge and protocols I had developed to these other teams, each of whom operated according to their own ideas. But we started getting inquiries about franchising from all over the country, so naturally a franchise organization became our goal.
Once we screen a property using our innovative, non-destructive approach, we investigate the potential areas of concern using conventional and industry-accepted mold testing and investigation methods. In other words, we don’t just use dogs and air samples. We do what all the other mold inspection/mold assessment companies do but we also use the most advanced non-destructive screening tools available (Mold Dogs™, laser particle scanners and infrared thermography) to help increase the accuracy and efficiency of our mold inspections. This translates into huge savings in time and money for both us and our customers. More importantly, our unique process enables us to get to the bottom of our customers’ complaints rapidly and with a remarkably high degree of success. In other words, it enables us to locate and verify the sources of indoor mold growth.
Now, allow me to take a step back and explain why I am so deeply passionate about this. Let me explain why Lab Results was formed in the first place.
After losing nearly 30% of my body-weight in a 3-week period when I was 4 years old, I was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Several of my father’s cousins had died from cystic fibrosis before reaching adulthood so, needless to say, the diagnosis devastated my parents. My mother, however, being a Registered Nurse and a strong-willed woman, dug deeper and demanded additional testing. Six weeks later, a second set of tests at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia revealed that the first diagnosis was wrong – I did not have cystic fibrosis. I was suffering from asthma compounded by pneumonia. To exacerbate the situation, allergy tests revealed that I was allergic to nearly everything in my environment; eggs, milk, grass, wheat, cotton, pollen, cats, dogs, soybeans, etc. A few doctors recommended a “bubble-boy” approach to treating my severe allergic sensitivities.
When I was 12 years old I moved out of the house in which I had grown up. Almost instantly, my allergies disappeared. I have not had an asthma attack in more than 17 years. When I look back, it is clear to me that I was living in a home with a damp indoor environment. I distinctly recall the odors, the dampness in the basement, the feeling of a hundred-pound weight on my chest. The medical community had not yet accepted indoor mold growth and other aspects and byproducts of damp indoor environments as potent triggers for asthma attacks and allergies. It is now clear that the mold in my home had very likely made me hypersensitive to nearly everything. In the absence of this long-term exposure I have become extraordinarily healthy. It is hard to believe that the solution was so simple.
No child, or family, should have to suffer through such an ordeal. The only problem is that there are not enough well-trained, properly equipped professionals in this country who understand indoor mold and moisture problems and their solutions. Those who do prefer to avoid residential work. Children with asthma don’t live in offices. Although we work in all types of buildings, we prefer residential work for that very reason.
In addition to being featured in over one hundred newspaper and magazine articles, we recently appeared on Good Morning America because of a beautiful 5-year-old little girl named Caitlin Murray whom we helped. After being treated by nearly 40 doctors and enduring dozens of hospital visits, she was still so sick that she would often cough all night until she vomited.
On the recommendation of one very wise doctor, Scott Kay, MD, we were hired and, within one hour in her house, and after a 30-minute repair, she was able to return to her home with no irritation or adverse health reaction. Although another hidden problem appeared a few months later, which we also found and helped solve, she has been healthy ever since. It has now been several years, and she has been 100% symptom-free.
Normal families without major illness are under more and more pressure every day. Families with someone suffering from respiratory illnesses, allergies, asthma or some other symptom of a sick indoor environment often crumble under the weight and stress. When we find a hidden problem lurking inside their walls, and the problem is corrected, most people gain dramatic relief from their symptoms.
When we heal a sick home, and just one person is healed, the whole family often heals. This was the purpose of Lab Results, and it’s the ongoing purpose of 1-800-GOT-MOLD?. Our company grows and evolves by the day, but our mission and purpose remains the same.
If you feel that your home or workplace is contributing to health problems in you or those you care about, you have an obligation to investigate the problem. We are here to make that process as easy and painless as possible.
We are available at 1-800-GOT-MOLD? (1-800-468-6653) to answer any questions you may have.
Jason Earle, Founder
Princeton, New Jersey