Mold Detection Services Enlists MoldDogs in Miami
FL, July 30, 2003 – Two dogs rescued from the Humane Society are the
newest addition to a full line of services offered by Miami-based
Mold Detection Services,
unbiased and using their noses as cutting-edge technology, the
MoldDogs, Snickers and Tootsie, are trained to discriminate scents
from various types of microbial colonies in a variety of structures,
including places where people cannot reach or see.
immediately pinpointing the source of the problem, the dogs can
eliminate costly and invasive testing. Their results are immediate
and accurate and can lead to lower remediation costs for property
owners and insurers.
discrimination enables the MoldDog to ignore normal product
materials found in the home so that it alerts only to mold.
Immediately after the dog finds mold, the dog will alert the handler
to the location.
receive more than 1,000 hours of training before put into service
and, thereafter, are continuously trained on a daily basis, tested
quarterly, and re-certified annually.
and sister team David and Jennifer Leshner left their previous
careers to invest in
mold, an increasing problem in the Sunshine State. “I
was watching Animal
Planet one evening and there was a segment on mold sniffing
dogs in Europe, where they have been used as a proven method for 20
years,” said David. “I
did some research and was surprised to find that no one offered a
MoldDog service in South Florida, a place where mold wreaks havoc if
38 percent of U.S. households have mold, which can result in
construction damage and health problems, particularly from the
Stachybotrys strain, otherwise known as toxic mold. A recent rash of
high-profile mold cases, including a $20 million lawsuit by Ed
McMahon claiming toxic mold killed his dog and a $32 million lawsuit
won by a Texas family for illness and damages from mold, has greatly
increased the public’s awareness of the problem.
Melina Bill, a federal bill introduced by Congressman
Jr., would require a mold inspection before any federal home loan
could be issued. If
passed by the U.S. Congress, it promises to increase the
controversy and public awareness surrounding mold.
Mold can grow anywhere that
damp conditions exist and will start to grow in as little as 24
hours, gradually destroying whatever surface it is growing on. If
allowed to fester, mold can destroy entire structures as well as
cause severe health risks including infection, inflammation, and
MoldDog services, MDS
offers traditional methods of mold detection, including
hygrometers, boroscopes, protimeters, laser particle counters, and
air, bulk and surface sampling. Services include basic
inspections and follow-up testing (air samples, swabs and glass
slides), followed by an extensive report.
Snickers, despite their sugary sweet dispositions, promise to be a
formidable foe to mold.
“The public’s reaction has been overwhelming,” added
David. “Our clients
fall in love with the dogs every time.”
Detection Services, Inc. was founded on
the premise of providing the best tools, technology, and service for
detecting and identifying mold in any environment. MDS will inspect and test
for mold in homes, apartments, workplaces, commercial properties,
boats, and anywhere else mold grows.
Please visit www.mdsdog.com for
more information. For
press inquiries or media kits, please call Robyn Ross at (305)