Mold Testing in Greater Los Angeles Area
Certified Mold Testing Services In Orange & Los Angeles County, CA
GPInspect only retains unbiased 3rd party AIHA Accredited laboratories. Of thousands of mold species, just 150 can cause allergies in individuals. Fifty or so kinds of mold can grow inside the human body, and another 50 can cause toxic reactions. Mold can cause mild symptoms such as headache, runny nose, fatigue, and nausea. Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, chemical sensitivity, toxic encephalopathy, sick building syndrome, skin rash, and blisters can also be the result of severe mold exposure.
Mold is a type of fungus whose primary function is to decompose dead organisms. While an important part of nature, overexposure to mold can result in severe health risks for Californians. Mold can grow on nearly any surface so long as it has water, oxygen, and organic material to digest. This includes wood, paper, drywall, hair, skin, and even some synthetic materials like paint.
The best way to limit health-related mold risks is to limit the overall risk of mold in your home or business by keeping areas, especially dark areas, free of unnecessary moisture. Regular cleaning is a necessity to keep your environment safe from any mold. Flooding, water damage, and poor air circulation are mainly the cause of mold presence. If you happen to find blue, black, or brown spots in your home or office and fear it might be mold, Guaranteed Property Inspections is here to help you with our certified and government accredited mold testing.
Mold that is minor and found on surfaces that can accumulate moisture as part of their properly functioning and intended use is exempt; such mold is a housekeeping task.
GPInspect provides mold testing and inspection throughout Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Bernandino, San Fernando, and Riverside County in a variety of ways. In order to quantify the number of mold spores in the air, and to clear an area after remediation procedures, air quality testing may be necessary. Direct surface sampling testing is available and preferred when mold is clearly visible.
In certain cases when medical professionals are involved, GPInspect may implement an EPA research DNA mold test called ERMI to screen homes for mold. We them use the HERTSMI-2 roster to judge whether or not a building is safe for occupants to return. Additionally, GPInspect can perform a survey of indoor mold or mycotoxin panels as even more sensitive mold tests.
Rest assured knowing that GPInspect has been in the mold detection business for over twenty years. We regularly work with physicians throughout the state of California to diagnose and treat mold-related illnesses and direct our clients to remediation specialists who can tackle any mold problem, large or small.
Irvine, Orange County, CA Air Quality Testing
Air sampling MAY BE necessary to quantify and monitor the level of mold spores, dust mites, allergens, danders, chemical pollutants, and humidity. Air quality testing is also necessary for clearance at the conclusion of all mold remediation procedures.
Irvine, Orange County, CA Direct Surface Sampling
When mold is visible, direct surface sampling is recommended. This sampling method can determine the types of molds present. However, it is not an accurate measure of the quantity of airborne mold spores present at the time of testing.
Irvine, Orange County, CA ERMI
For the past decade, we have been implementing an EPA research DNA mold test suited to screen homes for mold, when ordered by a client’s physician.
Irvine, Orange County, CA HERTSMI-2
This scoring system is the application of the DNA testing shown on ERMI test results. The new roster is designed to help patients (previously sickened by water-damaged buildings) understand if a given building is safe for occupancy.
Irvine, Orange County, CA Survey of Indoor Mold (SIM)
The Survey of Indoor Molds (SIM) is a collection of assays employing Mold Specific Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (MSQPCR) technology that was developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Irvine, Orange County, CA Mycotoxin Panel (EMMA)
Mycotoxins are small (MW ? 700), toxic chemical products formed as secondary metabolites by a few fungal species. The EMMA uses the most sensitive molecular detection to look for the presence of 10 of the most toxigenic molds in your home or building. The EMMA also tests directly for 15 of the most poisonous Mycotoxins using its patented Mycotoxin detection test.
Frequently Asked Questions
Mold testing cost is dependent on many different factors. For instance, types of mold testing that may be required and how many different samples are needed depends on what type of condition the property is in, has there been current or active leaks? Have there been any water losses? The only way to answer these questions is by completing a comprehensive mold inspection on site. This allows the hygienist to pinpoint and locates each individual area of potential contamination. The comprehensive inspection is the key component in determining the source of the contamination and the presence of mold. The site assessment also allows us to develop a mold sampling protocol that will best fit the client's needs. Comprehensive mold inspection cost depends on the square footage of your property. With that vital information, we can provide clear pricing to complete your mold inspection and mold testing.
If a general home inspector identifies areas that may have actual visible mold or areas of suspected mold, they will most likely red flag the suspect area and consult their client to have the area(s) evaluated further by a properly certified mold inspection firm. If this is the case with your home, do not panic! We can come to your property and provide a site assessment of the areas of concern and confirm whether mold contamination is present or not. If the laboratory returns a report that shows that fungi were not detected during analysis, then we can provide a report stating that the suspect areas do not contain any findings of concern via our investigation and data received by the accredited laboratory. If the laboratory confirms that, in fact, mold contamination is present, then we will provide you with a detailed report which includes a scope of work so you as the client know exactly what to expect for a successful mold remediation/removal. We also can provide our clients with a list of properly certified mold remediation companies.
If your home has been tested positive for mold and a proper comprehensive mold investigation has been completed by an ACAC accredited mold inspector/hygenist, you must contact an ACAC/IICRC certified mold remediation/removal contractor to review our report, make a site visit and provide you a detailed written estimate for work to be performed. Once you have hired an accredited remediation contractor and the contractor notifies you that the work is complete and areas are ready for post-remediation clearance, you must retain the hiring ACAC certified mold inspection company to inspect and re-assess the area(s) to ensure all mold has been removed successfully. An indoor air quality sample must be taken from outside of the property, and one within the specified containment to ensure that the air quality is within a normal fungal ecology, and the build back of the areas may begin. Once air sample analysis has been returned by an AIHA accredited third-party laboratory indicating a normal fungal ecology, you will be provided a clearance report certifying that remediation efforts were completed successfully and to industry standards.
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