Mold is everywhere, including outdoors and in homes and businesses in San Diego, CA. Molds are tiny organisms that break down organic matter and return nutrients to the environment. When they grow, they release spores into the air. Mold spores cause people and animals to get sick. They also contribute to poor indoor air quality and “sick building syndrome.” We offer inspections and mold testing to provide you with helpful information and peace of mind.
What Is a Mold Inspection?
A mold inspection involves looking for mold in a home or building. During an inspection, we ask you about where you’ve seen mold, smelled musty odors, or had problems with leaks or moisture. Our technicians look in cabinets, under sinks, around baseboards, and near plumbing connections. We also check around door and window frames, near water heaters, and other sources of moisture and warmth that create favorable conditions for mold growth. Poisonous molds, which are also called black molds, cause serious health effects in anyone exposed to them. Mold may grow in areas that are difficult to access. We may need to remove the paneling, drywall, or cabinets in order to reach these areas and perform a thorough mold inspection.
When Should I Schedule a Mold Inspection?
If your home or business experienced a burst pipe, sewage backup, or another type of flood, we recommend a mold inspection. A mold inspection is also wise after a roof leak or other structural damage to your home or building. If a San Diego home or building has been unoccupied for a while, humidity buildup may have fueled mold growth. We also recommend inspecting for mold before buying, selling, renting, or leasing a home or building. If you regularly notice a musty odor or see condensation on windows, it’s a good idea to schedule an inspection for mold.
How Does Mold Testing Work?
Mold testing involves collecting samples from different areas of a home or business where mold growth can be seen or is suspected. To collect samples, we use sterile swabs to collect a surface sample.
We also collect air samples with spore traps. Spore traps have a sticky surface. When air from a home or building passes over the sticky surface, any spores get stuck to the material.
We identify the types of spores caught in the trap. We may also collect samples of materials from your home or business. For example, we may take a small section of drywall and test it for mold spores.
What Are the Dangers of Mold Exposure?
Mold exposure may cause you to develop allergy symptoms. Itchy eyes, runny nose, nasal and sinus congestion, headache, and sore throat are common symptoms of mold exposure. Repeated exposure to mold may cause more severe reactions. If you’re exposed to a toxic mold, such as Aspergillus or Stachybotrus, you could develop a serious condition called hypersensitivity pneumonitis or mold infections of your lungs. Babies, the elderly, and people with chronic respiratory problems are at the highest risk of getting sick from mold exposure.
Mold is a dangerous contaminant that affects your health and well-being and the safety of your home or building. We inspect your home or business for mold and provide testing services to identify the species of mold present. After the detection of mold and identification of what type of mold is in your home or business, our professionals offer advice on what steps to take next. For more information about mold inspections and black mold testing in San Diego, get in touch with us today.
Why Is Mold Testing Important?
Mold testing helps you take action to maintain a safe, healthy and comfortable home or business. Exposure to mold may trigger or worsen allergies or asthma. When a person is regularly exposed to mold, they could become chronically ill. Even people in otherwise good health who have frequent mold exposure may suffer from serious health effects. In accordance with professional codes of conduct, we don’t offer mold remediation or removal. However, our black mold testing results will provide you with the information you need in order to choose a contractor who specializes in mold remediation for homes or businesses in San Diego.
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