Spring: Time to Schedule Annual Mold Inspection

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Spring Mold Brings Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis, Illness, Sick House Syndrome. Experts Call For Annual Testing

Woodland Hills, CA — (ReleaseWire) — Exposure to indoor mold, toxic or black mold is tied to a multitude of illnesses and symptoms and Sick House Syndrome. The most vulnerable are the very young, the very old or the very sick. People with compromised immune systems are especially susceptible. For a property owner, scheduling an annual mold inspection is part of a basic maintenance plan, to keep ahead of water leaks. It is well known that controlling the water, usually controls the mold. Because evidence links indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness, an annual mold inspection is a good maintenance practice.

Mold growth should be arrested before the health of residents is damaged, or the structural integrity of the building is compromised. Toxic black mold refers specifically to Stachybotrys chartarum, but individuals can be allergic to any species of mold, whether or not it is toxic, or produces mycotoxins. Toxic black mold is frequently a source of problems because it consumes cellulose, which building materials are rich in.

In a mold inspection from ByebyeMold, the inspector will do these FOUR things.

Top Four List

1) COLLECT mold spore samples from the air using a calibrated air pump which draws air into a “spore trap.”

2) COLLECT swab samples, if mold appears to be growing on surfaces. A moistened swab will be used to collect the sample.

3) TEST the mold at a certified lab. The samples are sent to a certified lab for expert analysis.

4) PROVIDE a comprehensive report of the assessment. The written report of the mold assessment includes pictures, moisture readings of walls and random areas, the lab results and an explanation of the lab analysis.

In the event that mold levels inside are higher than levels outside, details about the mold type and location are especially important, both in determining what treatments may be necessary for those exposed, and what processes may be used in order to plan remediation. ByebyeMold believes positive samples indicate the need for additional investigation, supplemental testing, or corrective measures. ByebyeMold inspections can be scheduled in California by calling 800-686-1992 or by using a contact page.

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About ByeByeMold
The Los Angeles office handles all southern California projects and neighboring northern California areas. ByeByeMold offers a mold directory and mold experts, an on-site mold guide, mold health advice, and a mold detection hotline. On this site, one can arrange mold inspections by one of professional mold inspectors or, of course, call. Yes, a live human on the phone! Mold investigators can help with detection, mold prevention or otherwise help solve mold issues. In the FAQ, discover answers to common mold questions. ByeByeMold is the place to go in California for mold testing, information on mold training certification, or for learning more about the truth about stachybotrys, toxic mold or other mold areas of interest.

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