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“Larry Schwartz has proven himself to be a highly knowledgeable resource who takes a practical and realistic approach to mold and other environmental detection and remediation. His analysis and remediation recommendations are always insightful, technically astute and completely reasonable.”

—Dennis Bailen, COO, Windward Builders

A Practical and Realistic Approach to Mold

    

“Larry Schwartz has proven himself to be a highly knowledgeable resource who takes a practical and realistic approach to mold and other environmental detection and remediation. His analysis and remediation recommendations are always insightful, technically astute and completely reasonable.”

-Dennis Bailen, COO, Windward Builders

A True Problem Solver!

    

We cannot recommend Larry enough. His professionalism and expertise were critical for our home remediation. By listening to our thoughts and concerns, Larry provided us with with a tailored and thoughtful plan of action that was achievable; no small feet given our unique situation. Furthermore, his timely and responsive guidance throughout the process was crucial when we encountered new dilemmas along the way. A true problem solver who cares about his clients! Many thanks again Larry.

-Andy & Stacey

Great Experience

    

“Great experience working Larry Schwartz. He is very knowledgeable with mold damages, causes, and how to properly remediate the mold. I had a leak in my bathroom; Larry helped me identify the root cause and wrote a very detailed report of his findings that ultimately helped me claim this through my insurance company. I received full coverage all because of Larry’s expertise and his thorough investigation/report regarding the mold that was found in my bathroom. He saved me thousands of dollars out of pocket, thank you very much Larry. Worth every penny & more”

-John S.

CIRS patient and a Registered Nurse

    

I was diagnosed with CIRS in July 2017 , I never heard of this condition and had a hard time accepting it . I was given Larry’s name by my physician , I remember , distinctly , Larry said he was sorry I was going through this on our first telephone call – that made such an impact and so appreciated ! I don’t know where my husband and I would be without Larry’s expertise in the past 17 months , he is very knowledgeable , very responsive, practical and has helped us so much ! We are so thankful for Larry !

-Kim Hostetler

Couldn’t have done it without them

    

January 2019 I had to quit my job of 12 years. I had developed severe food intolerance, multiple chemical sensitivity, and found out that I had CIRS all do to mold that I found through an inspection in my home. My physician referred Larry to me to help me get my house cleaned up. I didn’t know how he could possibly help me with him being in IL and me being in NC, but he proved that he didn’t need to be here in order to help. We had sdfdssffsdfdfsdfsdfsfsd phone conversations, he is very personable and really understands what I’m going through. He and his trusty assistant Michele made me feel like a priority and helped us find reputable companies to assist us. I think I finally have my house near healthy. My MCS is markedly improved. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them. I know that they are just a phone call away if needed. Strongly recommend for anyone with the need.

-Krista B.

Thanks for the kind words, Krista. We couldn’t be happier to hear the news that your MCS has improved. Stay strong and remember that we are only that phone call away if you ever need us.

Larry is knowledgeable, thorough, and ethical in his approach.

    

Larry Schwartz was the first Indoor Environmental Consultant I met who was interested in CIRS and eager to learn more. He brought a strong scientific background to the task of investigating built environments for moisture control problems and the presence of molds. He knows when to use specific tools and also knows when it’s not necessary to use them. Larry built a solid reputation within the community for investigation and for his medically sound remediation plans. He’d locate a remediation crew that would follow his details, including methods used for small particle cleaning when warranted.

Within a year or two of working with Larry in the Chicago area, his skills were in high enough demand to make him a sought after indoor environmental professional in many parts of the country. He also was the lead author of a Consensus Paper on medically sound investigation and remediation of water-damaged buildings that outlines the difference between current industry standards and the standards required for occupants who have a chronic inflammatory response syndrome acquired by exposure to water-damaged buildings (CIRS-WDB). Larry is knowledgable, thorough, and ethical in his approach. He’s a detective who can figure out what others may miss. I have since moved to North Carolina but Larry’s skills and input continue to make a big difference in my ability to care for my patients with CIRS-WDB.

-Keith Berndtson, MD

I highly recommend Larry and his team!

    

Larry was one of several people recommended to inspect my house for active water damage. He was a ray of sunshine during a very difficult time in my life. He spent a great deal of time with me to understand the entirety of my situation, asking very specific questions about the house and any symptoms I was experiencing. His explanation of his findings, its consequences on my health and recommendations to fix were all clear and thorough. His knowledge in the field is tremendous and his network of resources, coupled with his empathy and compassion was invaluable to getting things corrected. I highly recommend Larry and his team!

-Eric

What a relief to find such an expert!

    

The problem with CIRS is it’s lonely, because it’s too complicated to explain. When Dr. Shoemaker referred me to Larry Schwartz, I could tell that Larry was an intelligent and ethical person, informed in detail about the science behind building remediation. Not only that, but his associate, Michele, has been indispensible in answering questions and in understanding the incredible emotional toll these problems take on the homeowner. In this society of robocalls, they are the opposite–human beings who understand. They worked with a remediator in my city because there was no one here who knew Larry’s protocol. Already my symptoms are better and my tests prove it. Just knowing that I can discuss the toxic situation with knowledgeable professionals is a tremendous stress-reducer.

-Beth Powell

Thank you so much for the kind words, Beth. We define our practice by that personal touch and understanding you describe. We are excited to hear that you are seeing some relief from your symptoms. Stay strong and continue to heal.

Changing Lives

    

Larry has become a member of our family. There are no words to describe how he managed an absolutely horrific situation with such empathy and care. We could not have gotten through this without him – entirely independent of the scientific portion of the problem. He understood everything. My son was diagnosed with CIRS and mold issues – so significant over the past 7 years that he hasn’t been in school for the past 3 plus years. Having to move out of our house, our home, and get rid of practically everything was beyond overwhelming. We felt like we were getting rid of our memories, but we weren’t. We took the memories with us. A whole lesson for life and what is truly important. “Saint Larry,” as my family affectionately refers to him, did testing and follow up testing, assisted with referring us to a company for remediation and small particle cleaning of our new house and somehow navigated us through it all. The stress level was quite high. He was there for us at our darkest time, quietly cheering us on and reinforcing the focus: to get our son well – eyes on the prize. Larry still remains readily available for questions (and there are a lot), volunteering his expertise and thoughts on different issues. He listens! He validates! He cares! It is not just a job or even a career, but a passion, a mission. He goes above and beyond the call of duty. All of these fine qualities and attributes mean so much to those of us who have had negative experiences with the medical community, school system, even family or friends, who are ignorant or just uneducated of our plight. It is an arduous pathway – and Larry could make or break a situation like this. He made it. There are no words to adequately thank him for what he has done…

Michele Fisher, the Senior Consultant at Safe Start, is an incredible addition to the company – she has walked the path herself and, like Larry, gives of herself each and everyday. She has credibility. That is so rare these days, so rare to those of us on this long path… Michele is such a resource and has a light within her that is magnetic – she remains positively focused and can give her own perspective, which I know meant a lot to my son. A gift. Safe Start is so lucky to have Michele – the clients are even luckier to have Michele. Thank you!

Larry, Michele and Safe Start are life changing – they change lives…

-Christin F

Christin, thank you for your generous, heart felt words. It was our pleasure to work with your family and help your son along the path toward wellness.

A True Professional!

    

A couple of years ago, I was diagnosed with a mold illness and was no longer able to live in my home due to the contamination. There was no visible mold in the house, but I was still reacting to whatever contamination there was. I contacted Larry Schwartz, founder of Safestart, and he thoroughly inspected my home and developed a comprehensive plan to eliminate the mold and other air-born inflammagens. I’m thrilled to say that my home is now a safe place for me. Since then, Larry has taught me about keeping my home safe and healthy. I am so thankful for Larry’s expertise and how he guided me through this very rough time in my life.

-Carol

Larry and Michele are invaluable to us.

    

When I was very sick and diagnosed with CIRS, and we had to leave our home, my doctor gave me Safestart’s number and said “You are going to need someone with this level of expertise to help you as you look for a safe home. There is no one out there who is better than Larry Schwartz. He is the best. You are very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with him.” This has proven to be absolutely true. We could not be more grateful for his wisdom and keen insight as he gently steers us around some very difficult decisions. Many times we have been faced with time-sensitive issues as we have been searching for a safe home, and both Larry and his Senior Environmental Consultant Michele Fisher have been so compassionate and willing to help. Every single time their counsel has been truly invaluable. We know that we are in such good hands with them. We have a confidence going forward that we wouldn’t otherwise have. We truly feel that they are giving us the opportunity to have a safe start. Thank you Larry and Michele.

-Ric and Linda Alessio

Finding a new home can be stressful under the best circumstances, however when it contributes to illness, it can multiply the stress level by ten fold. It has been our pleasure to help you in your search for that safe place. We will continue to be there for you on your journey.

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