For an Inspector With an Acute Sense of Smell
Certified Mold Inspections, findingthemold.com
When Birds & Bubbles, Sarah Simmons’s Lower East Side chicken-and-Champagne restaurant, flooded an unthinkable nine times in 2016 and 2017 (allegedly owing to contractor negligence), she called Certified Mold Inspections’ Colby Levy. It was “the most stressful time of my entire life,” Simmons says, yet she remembers her experiences with Levy and the company very fondly. He was “super-clear about what needed to be done to reopen” and very helpful with Simmons’s insurance claims — even meeting with the auditor himself. He took a ton of samples and knew immediately from his acute sense of smell to test places that didn’t appear to be affected at first, such as when he discovered the fans in other rooms had been pulling in mold spores and were ruined. In addition, Levy taught Simmons so much about air contaminants, ventilation, and how particles move through a space that when covid arrived, she shut down her restaurant well before the closure orders came.