Hidatsa Testing Corp. Review

"Mold grows very quickly. If you suspect you have a problem, and get it checked out, it can save you thousands of dollars in construction costs and healthcare bills to nip the problem in the bud."

- Frank

Owner Frank Colbert of Hidatsa Testing Corp.

Mold and Asbestos Testing You Can Trust

By Daniel Weizmann

NAMEFrank Colbert
PHONE NUMBER(747) 253-7332
ADDRESS11828 E Trail, Sylmar, CA 91342
SERVICES PROVIDEDMold & Asbestos Inspection & Remediation, Asbestos Inspection, Lead Paint Inspection, Mold Inspection
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7 User Reviews
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Brian Ades

Laurel Canyon - June 21, 2021

I bought a house from a couple that had three cats that never used the litter box. They peed throughout the house into the concrete. If the cats actually used it, they would cheer. So when I bought the house, there was a distinct cat urine smell throughout the house, so bad that my friends joked that it's like when you go to Benihana you wear your outfit that already smells like it. I literally had crime scene guys come out because I was at such a loss of how to clean out the odor. Then Frank came along, and he walked the property and took a lot of time to think about which approach to take. His solution was to spray the concrete with enzymes, and draw them out for that. He was the only person who could figure it out, and I can't thank him enough. He's great at finding the cause of an environmental intrusion and then understanding how to best address it in a pragmatic way. He's not the cheapest, not the most expensive, but I found him to be very capable. He typically hits his bids. I refer him frequently. I've worked with him on a number of projects. As a realtor, normally if I have a complicated mold issue he's my first call. He shows up every day ready to go to battle. He is meticulous and thoughtful. His crew is incredibly conscientious and respectful and protective of the home. They understand that they're there to solve the problem. He does his work within the timeline he says.

Jenny Ghiglia

Chatsworth - December 17, 2019

I'm president of our HOA, and we hired Hidatsa to test for mold in several units of our complex because of water intrusion from a leak. Frank was very responsive to meeting our needs including arranging his schedule around each homeowner’s availability. Testing and reports were completed within one week. The reports are really extensive—up to 55 pages with pictures. Frank Colbert, Hidatsa owner, spent as much time as needed to explain everything and answer all my questions. After remediation, he came back to test again. One unit needed more remediation. Even though Frank had to come back a third time to test that unit again, he didn’t charge us for it. He offers a very honorable service and is committed to the health and safety of his clients. I’m usually a pretty critical person, but I can’t think of any criticism for Hidatsa Testing. The whole process flowed very easily. Frank has a very professional with soothing manner that would make any person feel at ease.

Briana Cabrera

San Fernando - December 4, 2019

During our home purchasing process, Frank came out and did environmental testing for us. It was an all-around good experience. He was patient and walked me and my husband through everything he was doing. A subsequent report, which is quite extensive, was provided. Thankfully we did not need any remediation, but he was thorough in showing us potential problem areas to keep an eye on. I really trust Frank and feel comfortable recommending Hidatsa Testing to anyone who might need this type of service.

Eric Hartnack

Westside - December 3, 2019

I work for the largest condo and townhome real estate brokerage on the Westside. Hidatsa Testing is the exclusive home environmental testing company that we use. I’ve also hired Frank to do testing in my personal home. He offers great quality service and takes his job very seriously. He’s prompt and follows through with what he says he’s going to do. He really cares about his clients. It’s important that we can get this work done based on our schedule and Frank is always accommodating. I’ve dealt with other folks offering similar services. Frank knows his stuff better than anyone else I’ve experienced. I think his business is successful and there is definitely a reason for that.


West Hollywood - November 21, 2019

I have used Frank’s services for my clients as well as for my own home. I am a real estate broker and have worked with other mold testing services, but Frank is is the most thorough and responsive I've experienced. His services cost a bit more than the average mold inspector, but you get what you pay for, and my clients never have doubts about the presence of mold in their house after Frank inspects a home.

Steven Loeb

Thousand Oaks - November 15, 2019

I’ve known Frank for at least 10 years. He’s done environmental testing in multiple properties that I own. The quality of his work is fabulous and we’ve never had any issues in regards to timelines of jobs. Frank is honest, up front and definitely knows what he’s doing. I’ve referred Frank’s service to others and have never heard a complaint.

Celeste Scalone

Stevenson Ranch - November 15, 2019

We had mold growth after a water heater leak. Hidatsa Testing came out to test for the type of mold and for asbestos. They also handled the clearance testing after remediation was completed. I thought Frank was very professional and offered a great service. The equipment he brought was very clean and impressive. There were no surprises in regards to budget and the timeline of the process. I found Frank to be responsive and easy to get a hold of—he even answered his phone to answer my questions while he was on vacation in Jamaica. Hidatsa Testing is worth the price and I absolutely feel comfortable recommending them. They made us feel safe in our home.

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There are many scenarios for mold, asbestos and lead. Here are a few to look out for:

1. If you have a musty smell in the house or a smell you can’t identify, you may have a mold problem. If you don’t feel well each time you go inside your home, or, you start to feel better when you go outside, you may have mold.

2. If you’re going to do any demolition, you need to take care of asbestos. Breathing in asbestos fibers is very dangerous—it’s the number one regulated substance in the US, even more than drugs. But if you don't break the walls or ceilings, you'll be fine—even if you have popcorn ceilings.

3. Lead is the most dangerous of the three. If you ingest it, it can affect you right away. Very young kids unfortunately like to lick lead-based paint on windowsills because it has a kind of sweet taste. It can make your elevated blood levels (EBLs) skyrocket and create learning deficiencies.

Testing for these things means protecting yourself and those you’re responsible for—whether it’s your family, your employees, or your tenants.

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