Flying over Inglewood on the way to a landing at LAX, you would never suspect that mold could be growing inside some of the homes down there. Even driving around the town, whether along Century Boulevard, or up by Hyde Park, you would find it surprising that in this relatively dry and warm area that mold could be a problem. But it can be, and that’s probably why you are here, looking for mold inspection and testing services.
Indoor-Restore Environmental Services gets calls all the time from concerned Inglewood, CA homeowners and renters asking if they should have their homes, condos, townhouses, or apartments tested for mold, or other indoor toxins. They may have heard that mold can cause damage within their homes and they want to ensure nothing bad is happening behind the walls where they may have seen evidence of water or moisture. They may have also smelled a musty, or moldy odor in certain parts of the home and, after ruling out the sweaty basketball shoes, are unable to determine the exact location, or cause.
Sometimes Inglewood residences give us a call are doing so because they noticed they, or a member of their family, have had a lingering cough, or upper respiratory problem for the past several months, or even years, and that they just don’t feel as good as they used to for some reason.
All these reasons for contacting Indoor-Restore are very valid reasons to have a mold inspection and mold testing performed at your home. It is better to be safe than sorry and either rule out the possibility of mold, or take care of it if your home is found to be contaminated with mold.
Another valid reason for contacting us is our reputation as a leader in the indoor environmental control industry. With 20 years in the business of mold inspection, testing and abatement, Indoor-Restore can take care of any mold problem, big or small. We are so good at what we do that we also provide mold inspection and abatement training to other organizations, such as property managers and building inspectors.
Naturally our own people have to meet our stringent standards and they are continually evaluated to make sure they stay on top of their respective expertise and remain Indoor Environmental Association (IEA) certified.
Hopefully we have gained your trust and you are ready to take the next step to have our well-trained professionals inspect your home. A mold inspection can consist of several methods of determining the presence of spores. A comprehensive visual mold inspection looks for areas that commonly harbor mold, such as under cabinets where there are water fixtures, or in areas that may have poor water drainage, or water intrusion. The presence of moisture doesn’t always mean mold, but if the moisture has been present for a period of time, then the odds of mold growth is increased. The mold inspection also looks for the following evidence:
Carpet, floor, or other surface stains, indicating the presence of moisture or mold
Odors which have a characteristic moldy or musty component
Water damage from poor construction or faulty repairs
Once the mold inspection has indicated possible mold growth, testing comes next. We use several specialized tools and the use of each tool depends upon the type of mold suspected. To detect airborne contamination, we use air sampling to ‘sniff’ the air for things like mycotoxins, or poisonous components of mold. These airborne contaminants can obviously be inhaled, or can be found on the skin, causing adverse allergic reactions. Thermal imaging is another tool in our arsenal to help us detect mold, or areas that can harbor mold.
Thermal imaging looks for differences in heat on a surface and this points the way to any moisture that might be embedded in a wall, harboring mold. Other testing methods include swabbing an area with special swabs, or using tape that spores will stick to. These samples are then sent to a lab for confirmation of contamination.
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The laboratories we use are certified third-party mold testing facilities and they generate reports showing the results of the samples sent to them by Indoor-Restore. We will then send these reports, along with the inspector’s mold inspection comments, to you, at which time you can go over the details of the reports with our Report Interpretation Department to answer any questions you may have. We will also go over the options you have regarding remediation of the mold, if you so desire.