Re: Mold Prevention - MicroShield Environmental Services
Posted by Dan W. on 9/13/05
You are mirroring exactly what I have been finding in the industry. A few companies are claiming
they have EPA registered products. However, when you read the actual EPA approved label, few make
any mold claims and fewer yet are approved for wood surfaces. From the registrations I have
reviewed, I have not seen any language which approves the MicroBan product for mold prevention on
wood. They may in fact have an approved label for mold/wood, however, I did not find it.
All these companies spraying non-approved products are in violation of EPA regs. Regardless of
their warrantees, they are using a non-approved product and making non-approved prevention claims.
All they are doing in effect is opening the door to future litigation. Some are attempting to use
their warranties as legal protection from the homeowner.
At the end of the day, investigate, investigate, investigate...
On 9/13/05, TM wrote:
> I have looked at the microshield web site and I noticed that they use MicroBan products that I
> can buy at my local supplier. Why would I pay extra to have someone apply a product that I can
> buy and have my own people apply. I do think that if they offered a good warranty that it would
> be a product to consider, but their warranty says that they will not pay out more than you have
> paid into them. Did I read that right? I think I did! SO then I am only paying them to hold
> onto my money. I don't get their warranty or understand what it does for me if I ever have a
> large claim. NExt, I called Microban and asked them if they warranty their products. They said
> that they offer a two year, product replacement warranty and that they have no affiliation with
> microshield. How can microshield offer a 20 year warranty when the manufacturer of the product
> does not even offer a 20 year warranty? If the product really works that well, you would think
> that the manufactuer would offer this warranty to everyone who buys their product because then
> everyone would purchase their products! I would!
> Another thing that concerned me was what microban told me about their products. The QGC product
> that microbshield uses is EPA registered, but only as a disinfectant. It is not registered to
> prevent the growth of mold. Microban told me that they do not have any product that is EPA
> registered to prevent mold. The closest thing that they have is a product that contains EPA
> registered ingredients that forms a barrier that inhibits the growth of mold on the paint
> surface. I asked for clairification on preventing mold on the paint of preventing the mold on
> the wood. He explained that first you use their disninfectant to kill the existing mold, then
> you use their SurfaceShield product to form a protective barrier. I then asked him if water
> could wash off their protective coating and I got a confusing answer that I am still not sure
> of. He said that water would start to diminish their coating, but since the coating slowly
> releases the active agent that you should still have extended protection. He would not discuss
> how long that was.
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