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Business ManagementMr. Greg Miller, Office Manager Mr. Adam Fullner, President
Mold & Mildew Inspection/Removal/Remediation Crime Scene/Trauma Clean up Environmental & Ecological Services Fire & Smoke & Water Clean Up
Alternate Business NamesEnvironmental Services Inc of California - ESI
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Complaint: I contacted Indoor Restore on August 1 about potential mold at a rental property of mine. They offered to do an inspection for $198 and if I used their services the inspection would be free. I got the report back on August 9th with the estimate to repair of $1,922.60. I agreed and sent in the payment. I paid 50% up front to start the project with 50% after completion. On August 19th I received an invoice for the 2nd half of the payment because work was completed. I paid the bill on August 22. On August 26th, my tenant contacts me because the dry wall is still missing and there is plastic hanging in the room where the work was done. I contacted Indoor Restore and they are now telling me they did more 'inspecting' and there is an additional $5894.50 worth of work to do and they won't fix what they started unless I agree to do the rest of the work. They claimed they emailed me but they had the wrong email address and no one bothered to call me or my tenant to explain why no work was being done. This is an outrage and a total scam. I asked them to inspect the property and give me an estimate to repair what was needed. They received all of my money and are not completing the work and are claiming there was an option for a 'full' inspection vs the $198 inspection I paid for. This is criminal and I intend to pursue damage. They need to lose their license.
Desired Settlement: I want them to remove the mold and repair the dry wall as was agreed upon with the initial contract. There was never discussion of an 'additional inspection' and extra work. I want the house repaired for my tenant and everything fixed as agreed, with all mold removed and repair work done.
Business Response: The contract that was set forth with the customer, signed, dated, details out all of the work to be performed at their home. During the initial inspection phase, there was an inspection performed in only 2 of the rooms of the home, to every customer we detail out what this will entail and what it will not. We always recommend an entire home be inspected to make sure that all problems are found initially. This customer did not move forward with this, thus we were only able to test and inspect 2 areas of the home, rather than the entire home. Due to the limited scope inspection, a bid was put together for remediation of the problem for those areas only, as clearly outlined in the contract. Also, the contract clearly states as shown below, that additional testing will be done in the non-work areas in order to clear the entire home. If more contamination is found in those areas, then that would require an additional estimate, which was provided, all of which is detailed in the contract that was signed by the client. Nowhere on the contract does it state that we will be doing restoration of drywall. We are sorry that there was a mix-up with the email address in regards to the final report, it is an unfortunate circumstance. All of the work that was detailed out in the contract has been completed in full as described, just because there was additional contamination found on the property does not obligate us to do the work free of charge as the customer is requesting.
Attached you will find the estimate showing all of the removal that was recommended, paid for, and signed for by the client. As you will see, there is nothing in here that states any of the removed materials will be put back.
There are discovery conditions in this industry which are expressly verbalized to all customers, including the need for testing an entire home to get the most accurate assessment of the problem, which is verbalized to every single client. The client on-site also indicated exactly where he wanted the testing done on-site the day of the inspection, limiting the inspection to the hallway and one bedroom.
The client clearly did not fully read the contract and did not ask questions about it enough before signing it and moving forward with work.
If there is somewhere else I need to send this in order to formerly reply, please let me know.
I am rejecting this response because: Your company is an absolute scam and you are all crooks. I was not even present during the initial inspection so I never indicated one way or the other how much I wanted to include or limit in the testing. Your poorly trained sales reps never explained or offered an option to include a broader area, I don't care what **** ****** thinks he said, he flat out never offered it to me. Your quote came over as $198 via Thumbtack.com and no other option was presented when I spoke to **** on the phone.
Furthermore, your worthless company didn't even fix the problem! I went out to get a 2nd opinion two days ago, and the wall and wood are all still wet! Did you expect me to replace the drywall and the carpet with the problem still persisting!? Your company did nothing and fixed nothing! You removed some drywall and carpet and then put some paint on the wood. Your work accomplished nothing, and now I have to hire competent professionals to actually fix the problem. You essentially stole $1900 from me. Judging by the reviews on Yelp, I am not the first customer you did this too.
If BBB wants to maintain any credibility, they will take action against Indoor Restore. Yelp and Thumbtack are looking into this as well.
Instead of attacking the customer and suggesting that the customer did not read the contract well enough, you should be looking at how well trained your staff is and if they understand what they are really 'selling.' I run a company as well, and when my customers are not happy, I do everything in my power to make things right. I'm constantly reviewing our sales techniques and making sure everyone understands the product. The major difference is that I'm not trying to rob people, so I guess things like process, review, monitoring, etc are not things you're concerned with. Your business practices will catch up to you.
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Complaint: I contacted Indoor Restore to try to find out if my flooring from Lumber Liquidators had elevated amounts of formaldehyde in it, due to the showing of 60 minutes on TV where they claimed that Lumber Liquidators had elevated levels of formaldehyde in their flooring.I contacted them and spoke to ***** ********** and asked her if they did this kind of testing and if they were certified in Formaldehyde Testing, she assured me they were. She sent someone from her company to get a sample of my floor and I was told the results would be back in 5 to 7 business days. He took the sample on March 10th and I didn't get the results back until April 14th. In that time I made daily phone calls to check the status of my test and they rarely answered the phone and never returned my phone calls when I left a message. Now after a month and a half I have the test results but I have no idea what they mean. They have a number for you to call to get help in reading your test results but AGAIN no one answers. Finally after two weeks of calling I get ***** to answer and she tells me she needs to check with someone else to get find out what my test means and promises to call me back by that Friday at the latest ( this was Wednesday when I talked to her) again she never called me back!!! Finally after many more unanswered phone calls ***** answers the phone and tells me they are trying to figure out what the correct numbers are so they can give me the correct answer (doesn't sound certified to me). Again the waiting game when finally I get an email from her telling me that they don't do the carb testing and that at this time they'believe" my floors are in compliance. I don't want to go with their opinion that at this time they "believe" the test results are good I want to know for sure. After over two months I still know nothing about the levels of formaldehyde in my floor. This company unprofessional I would not recommend them to anyone!!
Desired Settlement: I want a full refund of my $550.00 so I can get my floors retested by qualified company ASAP!!!
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Complaint: We discovered a major leak under our bathtub, once that was fixed we had a mold issue. We called this company, a tech came out and took samples of the walls and air, he was told at that time that the leak we had was under the bathtub, however I've since found out, no samples were taken from there even though there's a vent that would provide access. An estimate was provided which included the bathtub walls area. When the workers showed up they were punctual and polite and completed the work in one day. Let me say here that my husband is fighting lung and brain cancer so my priority was getting the work done, but I was not able to give my focus to the work. Bottom line the bathtub area was not done as "the paperwork did not specify bathtub removal and completion of the mold eradication from those walls would involve removing the bathtub". So they claim they've lived up to the contract and now the walls that still have mold are exposed to the bathroom. However, they'd be more than happy to provide another estimate and finish the work, for extra cost of course. In the meantime I still have mold in the walls and will now have to hire a professional company to remove. Oh and the Restore in their company name, not sure what that is referring to but there is no restoration done at all, it was never offered to me and I was never told that was an option they provide. I decided to pay the company due to receiving 2 collections letters, threatening foreclosure, a day from them was to much for my husband. I sent the cashiers check 6/13. I checked the status today and it was refused by the company 6/16, the day they told me I needed to pay them or they were going to file a $25,000 lawsuit and refer me to a collection lawyer for $7,500. How can I pay the company if they refuse to sign for the envelope with full amount $4,902.40 cashiers check in it? No where on the collections letters does it say they they won't accept a certified, return receipt envelope.
Desired Settlement: I want any and all collections they are taking to stop as of 6/13 since I can prove I tried to pay them before 6/16 as their collections letters asked. If they have started a lawsuit against me or refereed me to a collection lawyer I want it stopped. I want a manager to contact me, come to my home and take the cashiers check from me for $4,902.40, once they take it I want something in writing showing I have paid. I want a $500 refund. Tracking number for check can be provided. I want an apology
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The envelope that Ms. ******, our client, is stating was refused, was never received nor refused by us. It seems that the envelope was misdirected. Either the lobby personnel in the building (operated by the building owner and not our employees) may have refused delivery due to incorrect addressing or the mail carrier delivered it to the wrong address.
We contacted Ms. ******, our client, as soon as we received notification through the BBB email system and are making arrangements with the client to receive the envelope containing the cashier’s check as soon as it is returned to her. Both of us thought she would have the envelope back by now, but as you can see by the attached tracking, it is still stuck at the processing center.
We would not have turned Ms. ****** over to the collection agency had she responded to our attempted comunication and let us know that she was paying the debt and give us the tracking information. But she didn’t return our calls nor send us an email with her intentions. In fact, we waited until 06/19/14 to actually give the account over which is several days past the deadline. Had she returned our calls or sent an email, perhaps this could have all been avoided. Hopefully, the envelope will show up in the next few days and we can make arrangements to actually get it this time.
After having received an email from the BBB, it was brought to our attention the Ms. ****** attempted to send us an envelope containing payment as specified in the collection letter.
Consumer Response: I am rejecting this response because: #1 - I sent the payment to the correct address (return receipt requested) and since I finally received the letter back from the post office I have the envelope to prove it, to imply that the rejection of the envelope at their end is somehow my fault is par for the course with this company. Someone refused that envelope at 1024 Iron Point Road, Folsom, CA 95630, it was not misaddressed. #2 - The only contact I had from this company was in the form of numerous threatening letters and email, no phone calls. However, I did try the day I found out my landlord stopped payment on his check, to talk to someone regarding this. After being transferred around and talking to scheduling, accounting, receptionist and even HR I was assured a call back, that didn't happen. My cell phone records would show this, that experience was such that I did not bother to call regarding payment, they'd just claim I never contacted them. I have telephoned the one person from the company who did call me, at the number on the email and that she provided ###-###-####, that I finally received the envelope and she can contact me to make further arrangements. This whole thing could have been avoided if the work had been completed in the first place. As the work was never completed by this company the complaint cannot be called resolved.
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Complaint: Indoor Restore was hired for multiple services. They were first hired by another person to do an inspection of my house to find any mold problems. Indoor was told by the real estate agent during the inspection that there was an active leak in the roof and that the area of the ceiling of the master bedroom that was bowed had water damage. Indoor's inspector claimed that drilling a hole in the ceiling wasn't necessary to check for mold and that he thought it was fine. Their inspector wrote a statement of work describing what needed to be cleaned to make the house safe in the master bedroom and one of the bathrooms. I was given the statement of work and hired Indoor Restore to clean out the mold in those two areas. Indoor Restore came to the house and claimed they cleaned. In the bathroom they had tore out part of the drywall and sprayed something white on the inside of the wall. They took test samples of the air and surfaces and claimed it was clear of mold in those areas. However they also insisted that other areas of the house that they previously inspected and said were fine needed cleaning. The supplemental work estimate was way bigger than their first estimate. So I suspected it was a scam to get more money. I hired an inspector from another company after they left to verify if the house really was clean. This other inspector found extensive mold in the ceiling of the master bedroom where Indoor's inspector ignored. Also, mold was later found in the bathroom underneath the white stuff that Indoor sprayed in the wall. I have pictures of the mold they left behind. I mailed a letter to Indoor Restore asking for a refund since they didn't really clean thoroughly as they claimed. I also sent an email and left a voice mail. No one from Indoor has contacted me.
Desired Settlement: I paid Indoor Restore a total $2,142.50. I want a refund for $1,862.50 which is the amount of the remediation services.
Business Response: We are currently working directly with the client to resolve the issues.
Consumer Response: I am rejecting this response because the business has not responded to my complaint. They said they have been investigating the issue but have not resolved anything. Please do not close this case.
********* **, left a voicemail message at 5 pm on 05/19/14 and then filed a complaint with the BBB later that evening. We did not receive her message until the following morning when we returned to work, at which time we contacted her.
The client states that we were hired by another person to do the initial inspection. The person that hired us was a real estate agent. We assume that this is the person the client refers to as having been present with our inspector when he was performing the inspection.
As one reads through the report, at Location 2 –Page 8 of the report - (the area where the 2nd inspector found the mold in the ceiling the client is talking about in her complaint) it states:
“Suspect mold was observed on the window. Ceiling area shows evidence of previous water intrusion. Room also has a musty odor indicating possible active growth. A precautionary air sample was taken to rule out possible airborne contamination. No elevated moisture levels were detected at the time of the inspection. Recommend inner-ceiling sampling.
YOU WILL NOTICE THAT WE RECOMMENDED AN INNER-CEILING SAMPLE and this is contained in the report that was given to the client. The real estate agent decided not to go forward with that sample. Had that sample been taken, we would have discovered the mold in the ceiling and the estimate provided would have included it in the remediation. The client’s statement that the inspector said it wasn’t necessary is not true as evidenced by the report the client received. I can understand the real estate agent’s reluctance since the home was in escrow at the time we performed the inspection. The client was the buyer – she didn’t own the home. I can only imagine what would have happened had we drilled holes throughout the house and then the buyer backed out of purchasing it. But to claim we ignored the issue all together is a complete falsehood.
The client’s characterization of our estimate is outright misleading. We state on the inspection invoice, which the real estate agent initialed “The remediation estimate will only include areas tested at the time of this inspection that receive laboratory confirmation for mold presence.” If we’re not allowed to test, we cannot state that there IS OR IS NOT mold present in an area. Our inspection reports reflect this.
The “something white on the inside of the wall” which we sprayed on was encapsulation. It was outlined in the estimate and is an industry standard. It is sprayed on after all the mold has been scrubbed, sanded, wiped and vacumumed away. Although the 2nd inspector may disagree with this industry standard, it is just his opinion and not a violation of any governmental standard nor is it part of some ploy to cover up mold. It inhibits any further mold growth. The client’s statement that mold was found under the white stuff has not been substantiated by the report supplied by the 2nd inspector – or anything else.
We asked *** ** for a copy of the lab results as well as the 2nd inspector’s report and pictures to substantiate her claims. The client has stated that she doesn’t have any lab reports. She states that the inspector simply drilled holes in walls and showed her the mold. As stated previously, we recommended an inner-ceiling sample which the real estate agent didn’t allow us to do.
The inspection report we received from the client consisted of what looks to be an edited email. Typically, one would see a several page report with pictures showing the areas tested, naming those areas, and explaining what was found. This is the first time I’ve ever seen a simple email. That being said, we did review his email. The 2nd opinion agreed with the additional work we found needed to be performed that was outside our original estimate. In fact, he found bit more mold through the “drilling and showing the client” method. The inspector also understood that his steps were not the last word on what had to be done nor can there be any guarantee that all the mold would be found during the inspection. As he states:
“The remediation firm may take additional or different steps as dictated by their judgment and/or operating procedures to adequately abate the mold contamination. In mold remediation situations, it is always possible that additional hidden mold growth may occur over time and/or exist in walls beyond the specific areas investigated.”
As the news show, ** *******, has pointed out time and again, there are a lot of things that can look like mold (including eye shadow) that isn’t. We do not bid remediation if we cannot confirm via a third-party lab that mold actually exists. We also do not bid for removal of any item if we cannot confirm via a third party lab that mold actually exists on that item. This is clearly stated on the inspection invoice and the estimate (if an estimate is needed). Clients can always assume that what they see is mold but we cannot. If they wish to assume contamination, we would then revise the estimate appropriately. They can also agree to have additional testing done prior to remediation in order to get a more accurate estimate. Most clients opt to not assume contamination and not to have additional testing (since we will do pre-job testing of non-work areas as part of the remediation process prior to performing the remediation) and then deal with the situation if something shows up in the pre-job tests. This is gone over with the client when the reports and data are reviewed with them. Taking the course of action that the client took is the least expensive option should the pre-jobs come back clean and no additional work is found during remediation. But also the most subject to change. In this client’s case there was more work to be done and it was not due to a poor inspection or trying to scam as stated by the client.
The client has not produced any documentation that would substantiate any claim to a refund and certainly not the entire amount of the remediation that was, in fact, performed and performed properly.
I did not receive a copy of a report from Indoor Restore that recommended that further testing be done for the ceiling area. I simply relied on the real estate agent's first hand account of how the inspection went. So i cannot dispute their report, and I retract my request for a refund.
I did try to contact the company multiple times before i filed a complaint with BBB and this is something they may want to investigate internally. I sent an email to ******* **** on May 5. I also mailed a copy of that same email to ********* attention at the company's mailing address on May 5. I also left a voicemail in their accounting department the week of May 12. As a last resort I filed with the BBB because no one was responding. ******* **** called me to discuss my complaint and I reforwarded him my email from May 5. The original May 5 email appeared to have been delivered successfully according to ******** email program.
Thank you for investigating my complaint.
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Complaint: We hired Environmental Services to remediate mold in our home. The work was scheduled for November 18th and we emptied the contents of each room to prep for the remediation. It was a huge undertaking. This not only cost us money for storage of furniture and other items, but we were expecting a child, who was born on Nov 27, so there was an urgency to complete the work in a timely manner for the health and well being of our new baby. I let the two workers into our home and left for work after discussing what needed to be done per my agreement with the company. Part of the services included the following (copied/pasted from their service agreement): "All accessible surfaces (walls, floors, ceilings, ledges) in the work areas will be decontaminated (HEPA vacuumed, biocide treatments, antifungal agent wipes)." Upon returning from work that day, I thought the work was completed but we noticed there was still visible dust/debris on surfaces and ledges in the living room and bedroom closet. And I have photos to prove that these surfaces were clearly not wiped, vacuumed or decontaminated as promised. I emailed to complain, letting them know I would contact the BBB and overnight I received an email offering a $250 refund so long as I signed a 'Client Release Form' stating the following: "...I agree not to pursue any legal action towards Environmental Services or subsidiaries and/or file complaints with any professional organizations (independent, state or federal) including but not limited to the BBB, attorney general, etc.". And the refund would only be processed if I signed and returned the form.At this moment I felt as if the company was admitting fault and wanted to pay us this small amount just to shut us up. I replied to let them know that $250 was too low considering the total cost was $2239.94. We can provide you with all email correspondence and necessary photos. We are at a loss, feel taken and would love your help to rectify this situation fairly. Thank you,****** *******
Desired Settlement: Total cost was $2239.94, broken down as follows:$992.82 Bedroom 1$683.40 Baby's Bedroom$576.35 Living RoomBedroom 1 was completed to our satisfaction but the other 2 rooms were not. We're not even sure anything was done in these 2 other rooms given the most basic task, wiping down the surfaces was not even done and we have the photos to prove it and emails as back up. We asked for a 50% refund for the 2 incomplete rooms totaling $629.88. We've been completely ignored since.Please help!
As of today's date we have not been allowed access to this site in order to substantiate the client's claims or address any project issues. We requested access so our regional inspector could confirm the client's statements. We had no idea when the client took the pictures and needed onsite confirmation before we could move forward with any appropriate resolution. When the client denied our inspector access, we asked to send back the original Project Manager and just assume that the client's statements were correct. The original Project Manager would be most familiar with the site and would be able to ensure all of the client demands were met. This too was declined by the client. We then requested to send out the Regional Senior Project Manager, and just take the client's word that something was amiss with the job. And once again, the client refused. The only thing the client wanted was money to be returned - not the problem to be resolved for the health and well-being of their new baby as the client stated. We wanted, and tried every which way we could, to solve the problem. Since all the client would accept was money, we offered what we could site unseen.
I am rejecting this response because the offer of $250 was sent as "hush money" stating that if we sign the document that we could NOT contact the BBB. It felt like a bribe to shut us up and take the paltry sum and go away. That was unacceptable to us considering the shoddy and incomplete work that was done for the price we paid, not to mention the moving and storage fees and the time and energy spent preparing for this remediation. I sent the email with the letter offering us $250 not to complain to the BBB.
Remediation is a very exhausting and labor intensive process for the homeowner. We had to move EVERY ITEM out of EACH ROOM and we did so in order to have the work done properly the 1st time. Upon completion of the job, and clearance from the company, we moved EVERYTHING back into the home and while doing so took photos of the areas in question. I have dates and can prove when these photos were taken (after the job was competed) as they are recorded on my phone the date they were taken.
Their service agreement CLEARLY states that they will wipe down all surfaces, which is the most basic part of the services they provided. They failed to do that and I felt that if this company could not perform the most basic of tasks, wiping dust and debris from the shelves and surfaces, then what else did they not do? Upon supposed completion of the job, when I see that even this simplest task, which I could have done with a cleaning solution and a few paper towels, was NOT done, they were in breach and violation of the service agreement.
On top of the impact a remediation has on a household, we were also expecting a new baby, who was born on November 27, 2013, so we did not have time to allow them to come back into our home to do the work they were supposed to do the 1st time. My argument remains the same. Did the company really think that moving everything back out of the house, with a baby due any day, so they could come back and do the work that they were supposed to do right the 1st time, was a reasonable and viable option? It most definitely was not and we did not pay all that money to be inconvenienced and then told that they only solution is for them to come back and do it again?!?
I have already sent all the emails, photos and correspondence which detail the history of this complaint and happy to re-submit any emails or photos needed to further prove that the company did not satisfactorily complete the job per the service agreement. Given the amount we initially thought was fair and the offer that still stands at $250, I think a reasonable new offer of $500 would be sufficient. We would happily accept that amount to close this case and move on with our lives.
Business Response: Indoor Restore Environmental Services is accepting Mr. and Mrs. ******’s settlement offer and refund them $500.
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Complaint: We have mold in our house. Indoor restore gave us an estimate for $2,500. We agreed on Thursday that the company would show up Monday morning for mold remediation. The company called Friday and said they needed to reschedule for Tuesday. They volunteered a 5% discount for my troubles which I am grateful for. Keep in mind we moved out of our house already due to mold levels. Also, this company has a policy of charging customers a 50% cancellation fee and a 25% rescheduling fee. The company then called Monday at 4 pm and said they were having trouble processing my payment. I called discover credit card and they said the charge went through without problem on Friday. The company then said we needed to wait 1-2 business days for the payment problem to be resolved on their end. I called the company asking to terminate the contract so I can get another company out there ASAP to handle the problem. They said I would be charged a 50% cancellation fee ($1,187.33 just to have them NOT come out). I asked them if they would give me a 25% discount because they rescheduled last minute on me, reminding them politely that is what they would have charged me if I had to reschedule. They said no. So I am stuck with keeping them for the job and I'm at their mercy as to when they will show up. In my opinion, they have a double standard that they won't keep themselves accountable for. I would have liked them to cancel the contract or give me a 25% discount. To me that seems fair because they didn't hold up their side of the contract.
Desired Settlement: I still have not received any services almost a week later, my credit card has been charged for almost a week, and my family (wife and 2 kids under 2) are living out of a single room with a nearby family member which was supposed to be for 3 days max. We will have to get a hotel soon if they delay any longer. Either refund me my accommodation costs, terminate the contract/estimate of $2500, or give me a 25% discount and come out ASAP and fix the problem like you agreed to in the contract.
Business Response: Attached is a copy of the client's signed contract (ITEM 1). The contract clearly states on page 3 that the starting payment must be received 2 business days prior to the commencement of work. The client's payment via credit card was initiated on 01/31/14 (). On the next business day, 02/03/14 (), we were notified by Intuit Merchant Services that fraud was suspected on that credit card (ITEM 2) and, therefore, Intuit Merchant Services had opened a case on our behalf. We didn't initiate the case; Intuit Merchant Services thought that someone may be committing fraud against us and opened it on our behalf. We submitted all of the items the credit card company requested (copies of signed contracts, signed credit card authorizations, and even a copy of the Fraud Detection screen that showed everything provided by the client was on the up-and-up). As of today's date, that credit card payment has never been honored (ITEM 3).
In an effort to get the work started, we accepted another form of payment - not by credit card of course. However, after we received payment the client didn't want the original contract performed. He wanted to renegotiate the scope of work. Basically, he wanted some other type of work performed around his home that he felt was equal to the amount of the cancellation fee. We perform mold inspections and remediation, not handy-man services. Since the client no longer wants the contract to be performed the cancellation fee applies as stated in the terms and conditions (ITEM 1 Page 4).
I honestly don't know if the client was really attempting to commit fraud against us since he did make a starting payment that wasn't a credit card but his behavior just doesn't add up. He states that he should get a discount because we rescheduled at the last minute. We rescheduled because his starting payment wasn't honored. We sent him copies of the documents we received showing that the credit card company wasn't honoring the charge and once we got the real starting payment we kept trying to schedule the contracted work but he no longer wanted what he signed for and he didn't want to pay a cancellation fee. He said he would go to the BBB if we didn't do what he wanted and here we are.
Business Response: After investigating Mr. ******’s claim that he was offered a reduced cancellation fee of $593.66, we found that his claim was true and are honoring the offer.
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Complaint: This company performs mold testing. I sent in samples on March 3, 2014. According to their website, turnaround is usually 3-4 days. Today is March 19, 2014 and I've not received any information from the company. I've sent them emails and left voicemails and haven't heard back. I'm worried that I've sent money to a company that isn't legitimate.I'm not sure if BBB can help me with this or not.
Desired Settlement: I would simply like to hear from the company with some sort of response.
Business Response: Samples were received and processed on 03/20/14 and all reports have been supplied. We do not know why her samples were so delayed in arriving. We did notice they were coming from Hawaii. When they did arrive, we did provide rush service on them without any additional cost to the client.
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Complaint: The salesperson represented to me that all the mold in my basement would be removed, including cutting and removing wood, porous material and all item 8/10 I discovered mold in my basement. On approximately 8/14 inspector **** came out to take samples. I paid Environmental Services $295. for the samples to be analyzed by a lab they contracted as they told me the pretest was mandatory before they could give me an estimate. They told me not to disturb anything down in the basement as that could make the mold airborne. So for almost a week a wet rug remained down there creating more moisture and damaging my hardwood floors above. On 8/22 an email with an estimate invoice XXXXX and the air samples results were sent to me from *** ******** The estimate for the contract was $2946.20 plus air sampling costs. I asked for an estimate contract that didn't include the bathroom as I thought that the mold they found there was superficial mildew ( as it indeed turned out to be, per the worker the company sent to do it after I agreed to include that as part of the job). The estimate for the contract not including the bathroom was $2193.70 (same invoice number). Due to the language in the contract, I had numerous questions about what would be removed and how the job would be done. *** ******** who had emailed me the contract, answered my questions and lied to me. He represented to me that all the mold in my basement would be removed completely, as I didn't understand all the descriptions in the contract. Specifically, his crew would remove most of the materials in the dark room anything that was porous and had mold in it - the wood, cabinetry in and around the dark room, including the desk table adjacent to the room. His crew would remove all materials, including toys, boxes, everything down there would be bagged and removed since the mold could spread airborne if not removed. This is the work that other mold companies were representing needed to be done, too. He informed me that his crew would need 1- 2 days to remediate and then see if the job was done per the post-joh lab results. I signed invoice XXXXX with the bathroom part of the job on 9/10. On that same date I authorized my bank to pay the company $1500, that day as half of the payment was due on signing and the other half due on completion. On Saturday 9/14 the crew which consisted of 1 person came out and spent half a day and did barely anything. They took half the payment up front when the contract was signed, and the other half was automatically drawn from my bank 9/16 without my approval on the morning after his "crew" came out to the house. *** ******* called me on 9/17 to say his "crew" said the project was bigger than first thought so they would send me a supplemental contract if their work passed *** results. I informed *** ******* that he would not rob me, that he would go out and finish the job at my house that they contracted for. Late that afternoon, after work hours, I received an email from Mr. ******* saying they passed lab results, and he attached a supplemental work order, invoice XXXXX. I went into my sealed basement with my sister in law and saw everything remaining. The worker had torn out just part of the inside piece of the small wall of the dark room. Mold was left all over in that room and the rest of the basement. The worker painted over other mold. I had to contract with another air quality company and another mold remediation company to remove the mold completely. I took pictures of what Environmental Services did and did not do. This company robbed me of $2946.20 for the remediation and $275. for the clearance test that was falsified as the air quality company hired by Environmental Services characterized the post job report as a pre-job report, indicating that there was still mold. Another company I hired after agreed, and found lots of mold spores. I hired another company and another air company to get the job. *** ******* verbally assured me that the initial contract would remove the mold. That is why I hired a mold company, to remove it all. I had to hire another company
Desired Settlement: I would like a full refund from this company that robbed me. I would like the BBB to reflect this complaint so that consumers are warned. I want an apology from *** ******* to accompany the refund. I would like to see *** ******* and his company sued or prosecuted for fraud.
Business Response: Attached is a copy of estimate #***** signed by the client, *** ******, on 9/10/13. The client states in her complaint that she didn't understand the contract and had lots of questions. She also states that she was assured verbally by *** *******, our Project Coordinator that all of the mold would be removed along with all of the contaminated belongings. Unfortunately, there is nothing to document the verbal transactions she had with our Project Coordinator and none of it is in the notes on the account. The only thing we have is the signed estimate to attest to our agreement.
That agreement states that we will perform specific work in specific area of the Basement and the Hallway Bathroom at the back of her home. We even specified the maximum amount of building material that we would remove that was included in the contract. Unfortunately, it seems that the client misunderstood the scope of work though we walked her through it.
As for the contaminated belongings, we can remove those items but there's an additional fee for it. Our fee does include the removal, bagging, and disposal of the building material we remove but not personal belongings. One would be surprised at what clients want to keep even when you explain that those items may contaminate their home once again. The only thing I can think of where she thought personal belongings would be removed is the third line of the second page of the contract which reads "All debris will be disposed of properly...". That sentence is connected to one in regards to building materials being bagged etc but she may have considered her belongings to be "debris". Outside of that I cannot find anything in the contract that would lead anyone to believe that it included removing all of the stuff (and it was really packed) in her basement/dark room.
The client also states that we removed funds without her permission from her bank account. The client signed a credit card authorization slip and gave us a credit card number. The credit card authorization form allowed us to charge her card for both the starting fee and the completion fee. I'm not sure why she would believe we could just pull money out of her account.
I honestly cannot tell if the client truly didn't understand the contract and the credit card authorization form or was just very upset because we performed the scope of work but was unwilling to do the additional work for free.
No one lied to the client. Everything was outlined in the contract, the client signed the contract and the contract was completed. We did find additional mold outside of our scope of work, but we are not willing to do work for free which is what the client wanted.
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Complaint: Made deposit($3609)to Environmental Svcs.for mold removal.Agreed dates twice,they could not honor and agreed to refund deposit in July.No refund yet. I had contracted Environmental Services for mold removal at my home in Jnue of 2013. When the date for which the work was scheduled approached, I called to confirm and was told that thier crews were extended on another job and would not be available. A new tentative date was set, and when I called to confirm that date, was told it would be at least 60 days before they could do the work. At that point I indicated to them that given the urgency of the mold situation, I would have to make other arrangements, and it was AGREED that the deposit I has made ($3609.20) would be returned, This occured on July 9 (see attached letter). When the deposit had not been returned by the end of July I began a series of calls to determine the status. The parties I spoke to consistently referred to elsewhere in the company - until one finally referred me to the payments department. By this time, we are well into September. I repeatedly called this department (8-10 times) and NONE of my calls were ever returned. Finally, on September 24th, I was told via the attached email that the check had been sent in July, and had never been cashed (or recieved for that matter), and that a new check would be sent out on September 27th. As of today, October 28th, I have still not recieved any check, nor have I gotten any response to the follow-up calls and emails I've sent. The attached materials document my efforts to contact them and resolve the issue; thier one response indicating that the check would be forthcoming, and the original check, invoice, and agreement. This is not an insignificant sum of money for me and I need to resolve this as soon as possible.
Desired Settlement: I made a good faith deposit for work they never did - because of issues on thier end re' availability of resources. In trying to resolve this they have never once returned a call, and other than 1 email, communicated with me on this matter. I want my money - $3609.20 - back immediately - preferably via a wire transafer to my account.
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