Mold requires moisture to grow and is highly reactive to climate conditions. If you suspect mold in your property, seek professional mold inspection and mold testing services in Calabasas, California!
Located in Los Angeles County, Calabasas has its hottest months in July and August, and its wettest months are during January and February. Both the area’s hot summers and moist winters create ideal conditions for mold growth, especially if leaky pipes, windows or malfunctioning air conditioners lead to water damage that results in mold.
The city of Calabasas, CA has a long history of environmental conservation. After close to a decade long struggle to save Ahmanson Ranch from development, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy bought the nearly 3,000 acre ranch and renamed it the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve. Voters also passed Measure D in 2005, requiring areas designated as open spaces to receive an approval of 2/3s of the electorate before being developed. The city of Calabasas has also taken steps to ban Styrofoam in fast food restaurants in favor of more environmental packaging, as well as ban plastic bags in convenience and grocery stores.
That doesn’t mean the city is without its environmental hazards. Rather than a hidden chemical dump, however, the real contaminants more often lurk indoors. During the dot-com bubble of the 1990s, Calabasas enjoyed rampant development, most evident along the “101 Technology Corridor,” a stretch of Agoura Rd. that became home to a number of different technology companies.
Computer companies such as Xylan (later Alcatel), Tekelec, Ixia Communications, Netcom Systems (later Spirent Communications) called Calabasas home during the heyday of the bubble, only to later relocate, be acquired or simply fizzle out into nothing. Those same buildings are now 15 to 20 years old, and natural deterioration has set in. Serious mold problems are not uncommon, including those that cause respiratory or allergy problems among the employees of the technology companies that have moved in since. Many of these buildings now require regular mold inspection and mold testing to ensure employee safety.
If water damage occurs in a building, it’s always best to have it inspected by professionals. Spores can grow in as little as 24 hours. Mold isn’t always obvious. It’s common for spores to grow behind insulation, ceiling tiles, slopes in the foundation, or other hidden locations. Mold inspection cannot be done through visual inspection alone. A thorough mold inspection and mold testing is only possible with specialized tools such as digital moisture meters, infrared thermal imaging scans, indoor quality air sampling and laboratory mold tests
Leak detection is also necessary to be sure the water problem has first been dealt with effectively. If a pipe continues to leak or an unknown drip in a roof perpetuates, the mold problem will continue, even if the spores have been removed. A professional will not only be able to spot and remove the mold, but use moisture detection techniques to determine the source of the leak. This involves the use of highly specialized equipment such as moisture testers and infrared cameras, which can better verify if a leak has been truly fixed.
Like most other environmental concerns, mold can be a health hazard. Serious mold can cause respiratory problems, aggravate allergies, and in extreme cases even cause asthma and lung cancer. Some molds are known to be toxic. Stachybotrys chartarum, known as a toxic mold, has been linked to the sick building syndrome, in which several occupants of a building experience the same set of symptoms that cannot be linked to a specific disease. A World Health Organization report estimated that 30 percent of all buildings may contain unhealthy molds that could cause respiratory problems.
Luckily, you can shop local when it comes to mold inspection and mold testing. Covering all of Southern California, including Calabasas, Indoor-Restore Environmental Services offers mold inspection and mold testing services with over 20 years of experience. We feature surface mold testing, indoor allergen testing, leak detection and infrared inspection. We will assess water damage and mold infiltration, and also conduct mold testing with laboratory results.
Once we have spotted the moisture leaks, identified and cleaned the mold, we will also perform mold remediation services that return the property’s condition to as good as new, no matter the damage. These services include air purification and treatment, deodorization, decontamination, and controlled disposal.
Indoor-Restore stands apart from other mold inspection, mold testing, and mold remediation services thanks to an extensive level of training our employees undergo. All of our mold inspection and mold testing specialists are trained and certified through an ongoing training process that requires annual re-certification. Our employees include certified master building inspectors and commercial building inspectors, environmentalists, certified microbial investigators and remediators, and certified safety inspectors. Our company is an active contributor to the Indoor Environmental Association.
Indoor-Restore gets the job done, evident in our 10 year warranty for all mold remediation services. Our company properly assesses the situation and then recommends a plan of action, covering everything from moisture detection and prevention to mold decontamination. Rather than a spot inspection, Indoor-Restore goes the extra mile to get the job done right. No job is complete until clearance mold inspection and mold testing on the contaminated areas guarantees the mold has been removed beyond the shadow of a doubt.
If you suspect a mold problem, timing can mean the difference of literally thousands of dollars. Immediate action must be done to keep the mold from spreading. Even if a problem is not obvious, it may be worth a routine mold inspection and mold testing. Calabasas has aging housing that is beginning to fall apart. Be proactive and have your building inspected for mold before it’s a problem. If your business is in a building over 10 years old, in the heart of Calabasas, give Indoor-Restore a call.