present everywhere. Under certain conditions it can be a hidden danger
to people in homes and buildings. But with modern air, carpet and surface
sampling techniques, testing laboratories can reveal if the present
mold condition posses a hazard to you or your family.
Most problems are caused by a direct result of moisture due to:
• Defects in original construction or remodeling
• Lack of property maintenance
• Plumbing leaks (shower pans, loose toilets, piping and faucets)
• Exterior conditions, (lawn sprinklers, improper grading, poor
• Old age, lack of cleaning
• Inadequate ventilation
Introduction to Molds:
Molds produce tiny spores to reproduce. Mold spores waft through the
indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp
spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are
growing on in order to survive. There are molds that can grow on wood,
paper, carpet, and foods. When excessive moisture or water accumulates
indoors, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture
problem remains undiscovered or un-addressed. There is no practical
way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment;
the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
What are some of the common indoor molds?
• Stachybotrys chartarum
How do molds affect people?
Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, Health effects
include, but are not limited to: asthma, allergy symptoms, watery eyes,
sneezing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, sinus congestion, blurry vision,
sore throat, dry cough, aches and pains, skin irritation, bleeding of
the lungs, headaches, memory loss and fever. As humans vary greatly
in their chemical makeup, so does the individuals reaction to mold exposure.
For some people, a small number of mold spores can cause ill effects.
People with chronic illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may
develop mold infections in their lungs.
Toxic, Allergenic or Pathogenic mold cannot be visually identified,
it must be sampled and sent to a laboratory for analysis and recommendations.
Not all properties will contain hazardous mold levels, but we advise
for your protection and peace of mind that the property should have
Mold Surface & Air Sampling performed.
What type of Mold Sampling is available?
Swab Testing for mold would be used where there are visible signs of
mold noted, and we want to know what type of mold(s) are present. Once
we receive the test results we are able to classify the mold(s) that
Air Sampling for mold spores is used where signs of water intrusions,
or internal water problems are noted as present at the time of the inspection.
An air sample is better at discerning unseen molds. Rooms with various
locations of mold may benefit from air sampling in lieu of swab testing
each mold location. To perform air sampling, we use a special high volume
air pump that draws air into & through a cartridge that is sealed
and sent to the lab for analysis. Each sample requires about fifteen
minutes total to perform. A minimum of two tests is required- one is
a control taken from the exterior of the building at least six hours
after a precipitation event, and the other one(s) taken at the area(s)
Carpet Sampling can be used to determine a mold history in the home,
and is performed using similar equipment as the above. The history developed
is as old as the carpet. The results from the carpet test will again
tell us the genus types of mold spores present over the history of the
Reports with results of the Mold Samples and recommendations are provided
in 3-5 business days.
(analysis is done by METS laboratories, report is prepared by Patuxent
Environmental Group, Inc.)
information on mold, go to Mold
TERMITES AND OTHER
homes are inspected for termites and other wood destroying pests by
a State of California licensed pest control company. For more information
on termites go to Do
It Yourself Termite Control