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Mold Medics, which has one corporate location in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, offers a range of indoor air quality services including mold remediation, allergen and air duct cleaning, radon mitigation and testing solutions, and home and office disinfection. 


Threshold Brands has high hopes for its newest acquisition, Mold Medics, with Ron Bender, the chief growth officer, projecting the addition of half a dozen new locations for the emerging brand this year and 10 more in 2024.

“Our expectation is to start actively offering franchises in mid to late June just about everywhere in the continental United States, without blowing up the world. But, with that said, we do see lots of potential for this,” Bender said. 

Mold Medics, which has one corporate location in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh, offers a range of indoor air quality services including mold remediation, allergen and air duct cleaning, radon mitigation and testing solutions, and home and office disinfection. 

With the acquisition, Threshold’s portfolio now numbers 10 brands encompassing more than 500 units and including MaidPro, Men In Kilts, Pestmaster and USA Insulation. Private equity firm The Riverside Company launched the multi-brand platform company focused on trade services in 2021.







Ron Bender

Ron Bender, chief growth officer for Threshold Brands


National players exist in the mold and allergen space, said Bender, “but they’re really not focused on the same angle as Mold Medics with its customer service, customer experience and consumer health.

“This is something that our franchisees had actually been asking about, because they wanted at least to be able to refer someone that they could trust to help their existing clients.”

Tim Swackhammer, Mold Medics’ founder and former CEO who took the role of brand manager after the acquisition, said his single location did $1.45 million in revenue in 2022, a nearly 200 percent increase from the $488,000 revenue it did in its first year in 2018.

Swackhammer is hardly new to franchising. He is a multi-unit owner of 20 Wireless Zone stores mainly located in Pennsylvania and with units also in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. He is also the owner of a Motel Six location in Clarion, Pennsylvania. 

He said he came up with the concept for Mold Medics after becoming aware of allergen health issues and the lack of customer care specialists working in that space. “The mold removal industry is fairly fragmented, and most of the focus in the industry is on the insurance restoration side of the business. I saw this from the customer perspective at both an apartment I rented college and the first home I had,” he said, referencing a 1940s home he owned with a sandstone foundation that had a constant musty odor in the basement and a mold problem.







Tim Swackhammer

Mold Medics founder Tim Swackhammer


“The only companies I was able to find were either large restoration companies that weren’t interested in work that didn’t involve a large insurance claim, or basement water proofers that wanted to charge huge sums for services that I didn’t need,” Swackhammer continued. “There weren’t any providers that I could find that would provide practical solutions for the issues I was facing with my home and that experience stuck with me.”

Swackhammer said while areas of the country that get a lot of rain and high humidity are the most likely hosts for widespread mold issues, it’s a problem that impacts all 50 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website devotes an entire section on its website about the dangers of being exposed to mold. The CDC notes some people may develop respiratory symptoms after inhaling even a small number of spores and that in large quantities, and that mold spores can cause ill health in almost anyone.

“I learned about a growing group of people that experience long-term issues with mold and other environmental problems, and how few resources they have available,” Swackhammer said. “These people are often very sensitive to chemicals,” and can’t work with traditional remediators. 

“By digging in and learning more about their experiences, we were able to design services and adaptations to our processes to help these clients in ways that other contractors are not able to,” he said.







Mold Medics at work

Mold Medics offers a range of indoor air quality services including mold remediation, allergen and air duct cleaning, radon mitigation and testing solutions, and home and office disinfection. 


While the homeowner costs for hiring Mold Medics can run from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars, depending on the severity of the issues, a typical job runs between $2,200 and $5,500, Swackhammer said. 

Swackhammer said the original plan for his company was to franchise and grow Mold Medics on its own, but he and his team of 12 employees concluded the upside of partnering with an established franchisor like Threshold was too good to pass up.

Bender said the benefits of joining Threshold go beyond franchisee recruitment and training to include the franchisor’s digital marketing support, purchasing power, and its legal and human resource support. 

“For us this has always really been about growing our business and helping more people live healthier lives. So, partnering with Threshold is just a great win for everyone,” Swackhammer said.

The total investment range to begin operation of a Mold Medics franchise is $83,049 to $158,999, including a franchise fee of $29,999.



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