|Mold Inspections Los Angeles and Southern California
Why should I ask to have an inspection done?
There are many reasons why you may decide to have your
home or business inspected for mold:
• You smell mold but do not see it anywhere. An experienced
mold inspector will sample for hidden mold sources (i.e.
wall/ceiling cavities). This will help determine if and what level
of remediation is necessary.
• Before you purchase a house or investment property you will
want to identify if mold is a pre-existing issue. Mold
remediation can be expensive and if it is required you will want
to consider that additional cost before the sale is completed.
• Mold remediation work has been performed and you want to
make sure that this process was done correctly. AMS will
thoroughly inspect the remediated area(s) preferably while
walls and ceilings remain open, before flooring is replaced and
prior to new building materials being put in place. Mold may
not be visible but still may exist if remediation was not done
successfully. “Clearance Testing” will give you piece of mind
that your money was well spent and that the mold was
cleaned according to industry standards. Most importantly you
will know the mold contamination has been removed.
Do I have to have a professional come or can I test for mold
Only professionals who have experience with mold issues and
are familiar with current guidelines should test for mold. Since
mold is found everywhere, only a professional is trained to
identify if the levels in your home or business are “normal” or if
professional work is needed to remove a mold contamination
In addition we believe that mold testing should only be
performed by a company that is “independent” of the
remediation process. This assures the inspection will be
unbiased. A Mold Specialist does not perform any remediation
services due to this fair business practice. AMS can
recommend several successful and reputable remediation
companies that have a proven history of high quality of
Mold Allergies & Health Affects
In what ways can I be exposed to mold?
When moldy materials becomes damaged or disturbed,
spores are released into the air. Exposure can occur if you
inhale the spores, directly handle moldy materials, or
accidentally ingest the mold. Certain molds produce chemicals
called mycotoxins (myco = fungus, toxin = harmful or
poisonous substance) and mold volatile organic compounds
(irritating chemicals released into the air = “musty odor”).
These may cause illnesses in individuals sensitive to the
chemicals or who are immunocomprised, or who have become
sensitive after long-term exposure to mold.
Can mold affect my health?
Under normal circumstances, most mold types and levels are
not harmful to healthy individuals. However, when molds grow
indoors, their numbers increase to levels that can become
harmful. Long-term exposure to mold may cause or worsen
conditions such as asthma, hay fever, or other allergies. The
most common symptoms of mold exposure are cough, chest
or sinus congestion, runny nose, eye irritations, and
aggravation of asthma, chronic respiratory or sinus infections.
Depending on the exposure level and your sensitivity to the
mold, more serious health effects may result.
What steps do I take if my home or business is contaminated
The first step is to find the source of moisture that led to the
mold growth and have it resolved. Mold contamination should
be removed as soon as it is discovered. If visible mold is seen
on walls or ceilings, it might be necessary to collect additional
samples inside the wall/ceiling cavities to identify the extent of
contamination and narrow the scope of remediation work.
When surfaces containing mold contamination are disrupted,
millions of spores are spread throughout the air. Small
patches of mold growth may be carefully and properly
removed without professional assistance. Extensive and/or
recurring mold growth might be an indication of a pervasive
problem. This problem will most likely require a skilled mold
remediation company who will use proper containment and
removal equipment, depending on the situation.
Different levels of contamination require varying degrees of
remediation. Remediation can range from disinfecting a small
area affected by mold to “gutting” a room that has had chronic
moisture intrusion and severe mold growth. If the mold returns
after remediation has been completed, it indicates that a
moisture problem still exists or that the contamination was not
Should I see a doctor if I am exposed to mold?
If you believe that you or someone in your family has
symptoms that you suspect might be linked to mold exposure,
you should consult a physician who has experience with mold
exposure illnesses. If mold testing was performed in the house
or building, bring a copy of the report, including any
accompanying data tables to your doctor. Keep in mind that
many symptoms associated with mold exposure can also be
associated with other environmental problems. Tell you doctor
about the symptoms, when they began, and the period of time
you think you were exposed to mold. If you do not get better or
symptoms worsen over time, an indoor mold inspection will be
important in finding mold contamination sources and
suggesting how to solve the problem.
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