Locals chose the name Commerce to reflect the business environment of the community, which continues to hold a strong international trade through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. However, a rich history means time, and time generally means building issues and often mold growth that results from water problems and neglect. The City of Commerce is not unfamiliar with mold inspection and mold testing services.
Known as the City of Commerce to distinguish it from the proper noun, Commerce, CA has a long tradition of industry ever since Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway built its main line through the area. Factories took over in the 1940s, and the communities of Bandini, Rosewood, and Laguna banded together, eventually becoming incorporated in the 1960s to prevent the annexation from Vernon and Los Angeles, thanks to a lucrative tax base from strong business interests.
Oftentimes, mold is lurking in areas residents don’t suspect, and the longer it grows the bigger a problem develops, often until it has reached an epidemic state before it is noticed. Residents and commercial tenants alike should conduct a regular home, mold inspection. Taking a proactive approach to spot water issues before mold develops can save thousands of dollars of damage from being done to a property
A comprehensive mold inspection generally involves not only a thorough visual mold inspection of the property, but also digital detection and air and surface sampling to spot all potential molds, even those invisible to the naked eye. A digital moisture meter can be used to spot hidden water damage, which can be difficult to detect with just a visual mold inspection as water can sometimes lurk in ceiling tiles, in insulation, under floorboards, or in heating and air conditioning systems that a visual mold inspection would miss.
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) testing is done to take samples of the air as invisible spores may be present in the air that can aggravate allergies. Surface testing is also done on all surfaces where suspected contamination may be. Test samples are then sent to third party laboratory to identify if mold is present, and what types of mold may be within the property.
Identifying the type of mold is critical, which is why the laboratory sampling is so crucial. Some molds are harmless; others are deadly. It’s important to identify what type of mold you are dealing with to see if it contains mycotoxins, which are poisonous. Toxic molds, such as Stachybotrys chartarum, have been known to cause bleeding in the lungs. Exposure to certain types of mold can aggravate allergies, cause asthma, bronchitis and even lung cancer.
Inspecting for water leaks is just as important as mold testing. If all moisture problems have not been addressed, the mold will only return, no matter the remediation methods that are taken. Specialized equipment such as moisture detectors and infrared cameras can discover any potential water issues beyond a shadow of a doubt. Infrared thermal imaging can show variations in the infrared spectrum to spot potential hidden issues. Variations in temperature could indicate a water problem or a mold problem that might otherwise be invisible to the naked eye.
Mold problems are not a do-it-yourself job. They require special tools, training and safety equipment to handle adequately, thoroughly and safely. Mold and water problems are often invisible, and if not discovered and dealt with in a timely manner, can cause expensive damage, not to mention pose serious health risks to family, pets and co-workers.
With over 20 years of experience, Indoor-Restore provides mold inspection and mold testing services for the City of Commerce and greater Los Angeles areas. We handle every aspect of a mold problem, from initial testing to cleanup and remediation. Our certified inspectors provide a complete mold and water damage inspection on a property using the latest technologies and advanced training to proactively deal with a problem.
We’ve been performing Indoor Air Quality and surface testing for a wide range of clients. Our mold inspection specialists are highly trained and certified twice a year. Training is ongoing, and our technicians are regularly tested to substantiate their knowledge. All of our technicians are knowledgeable about building construction and inspection issues.
Call Indoor-Restore today. Whether you require a routine mold inspection to spot problems before they develop or already have a mold issue, we can handle the entire process, from testing to cleanup.