What To Do?

bronchial mold growthThe first mold survey and lab tests done to your home are the most important.  A Certified Mold Inspector will do a mold survey on the outside of your home to locate any possible problems of how water or moisture may enter your home. These problems, if they exist, may be easily remedied by the homeowner.

Inside of Your Home: We will do a visual survey of your home to look for obvious mold areas and with some of the highest state-of-the-art equipment we will be able to detect any problem areas that cannot be seen, such as between the walls, HV/AC vent ducts and under cabinets and floors.  These unseen areas are the most dangerous.  If not detected in the early stages, the colonies of mold will continue to grow and spread.

The best way to stop mold from growing and spreading is to eliminate the source of moisture and water.

We have special equipment that can locate and trace the source of moisture and water. In most cases, the homeowner can fix this problem once it is located.  When the source of water and moisture is eliminated, the mold colony lays dormant but it does not die.  Dormant mold may still be a health problem and even spread via bugs and insects, but as long as it doesn't have a source of moisture or water it will not grow.  This dormant mold should be lab tested to be determined if it is toxic mold or if any of these mold spores are airborne.

When samples are sent to the laboratory to be analyzed, we will receive back a report on all the types of molds that we are dealing with, the quantitative amount of mold spores per square inch that are wafting through the air, and health concerns if any that are associated with the types of mold found. It will also tell us if the quantitative spore count is elevated (an unhealthy environment) or low elevation (good environment).

Together with the lab results and the indoor and outdoor mold survey, the homeowner and mold inspector will have a better understanding of what we are dealing with.

STEP 1
Hire a professional mold inspector whose only job is to inspect and conduct mold tests to find out what types of mold and to quantify mold spores that may be on your property. A professional mold inspector is a neutral party that has nothing to gain by convincing you that mold is good or bad, or persuade you that mold is or is not a threat. Imagine a home remediator doing the initial first inspection and tests for labs. The real money in the mold industry is in mold remediation. Your mold survey and their mold lab tests will be hand delivered to your home by a very persuasive salesman.

STEP 2
If mold remediation is needed and a homeowner cannot do this on his own, then a Certified Mold Remediator should be called in. The only job a mold remediator should do is remove the mold from your property and make certain repairs.

TYPES OF TESTS

Test samplings will need to be taken for laboratory analysis to determine what types of mold and to measure the amount of mold spores per square inch that you may be inhaling into your body.

Viable mold is living or dormant mold that can be seen. Samples for lab testing are taken by doing a swab or bio-tape and sealed in an airtight container so as not to contaminate the sample. Note that this kind of sample will only tell you what type of mold it is, but it will not tell you the quantity of spores. Also, mold colonies on one side of the house may be completely different species and a different test has to be made to determine if it is toxic. Note also that these viable mold spores may not yet be airborne.

Airborne sampling will be taken to determine what type of mold and the quantitative mold spores that are flying in the air you are breathing. One air test will be taken outside of your home to have a comparative measurement to the air sample taken inside of your home. Also, an air sample may be taken inside a wall if it is a suspicious area. These samples will also be sealed in airtight containers for lab tests.

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Contact Information

Mold Inspections & Lab Tests, Inc.

6353 Lake Como Ave.
San Diego, CA 92119

Phone: 619-741-7757