Mold Testing Services

When Should I Have Mold Testing Performed?

Mold testing should be performed if…

  • You want to determine if the levels and concentration of mold in your home (indoor environment) is higher than the levels of mold outdoor in your area.
  • You are buying or selling a home and want peace of mind that the property does not have a mold problem.
  • You smell a moldy odor or find unusual stains on furniture or building material but cannot locate the source of the odor.
  • You experience mold health effects when you are home.
  • You suspect mold but do not see any visible mold growth.

Mold testing can be included in your mold inspection.

 

Mold Information

Mold is a fungus that can be found everywhere, but it will grow more aggressively in moist areas without proper ventilation, or in surfaces that do not dry easily. Modern building materials and methods, such as well insulated homes where outside air does not easily come into the house, allow for mold growth.

While some types of fungi may be useful (to make antibiotics, cheeses, beer), others are toxic and potentially harmful. Increased awareness of sicknesses associated with mold and weariness by insurers to insure property that is mold infested has made testing for mold almost a necessity when buying or selling a home.

Mold may or may not be visible. When it is, it appears as a surface stain or discoloration, or as a dark growth. At times, a musty smell is present. Mold poses a health hazard when present in large quantities called colonies.

Mold spores are divided into three groups: Allergenic: Those that may cause allergic reactions such as wheezing or runny nose; Pathogenic: Those that may cause suppression of the immune system; and Toxic: Those that may lead to more serious health problems.

Only through mold testing can a health hazard be ruled out, as species cannot be determined by sight only.

A certified mold inspector follows a set of standards and protocols to assure clients of the quality and comparability of test results.

 

What Areas Do You Serve?

We currently serve select cities in Riverside County and San Diego County. Please see our “Areas We Serve” page to view the list of cities we cover. Then call us to schedule your mold testing appointment.

 

Call today to schedule your mold inspection appointment!
(951) 401-0565

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