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Indoor air quality (IAQ) and TOXIC MOLD have become today's #1 indoor environmental issue.
We are American Certified Mold Inspectors, an affiliate company of the well known Mark 1 Home Inspectors. We are one of the original home and mold inspection firms in our region, and we have emerged as one of the elite and most reputable mold inspection services. We have performed over 25,000 inspections for thousands of homeowners, real estate agents, real estate buyers and sellers, businesses, schools and more. We have served the South Bay, West Side, and Los Angeles and Orange County Regions. - EXPERIENCED SINCE 1986.
J. Mark Roach, CRMI, of American Certified Mold Inspectors, mold inspections in Los Angeles, mold testing, indoor air quality testing, water intrusion inspections, moisture metering, general home inspections, mold consultation and more. CALL800-665-3212 or TEXT 310-308-3844 CALL NOW for a FREE evaluation. Together we will analyze your particular situation to determine IF you indeed do have a mold problem, and if so, we will evaluate the proper course of action.
Our services include:
1. A FREE telephone consultation and expert evaluation to determine IF you even have a legitimate mold problem or not...if so, we provide a full mold inspection and mold testing cost estimate.
2. Inspection of your entire home or facility for mold, water leaks and intrusions.
3. Air quality mold testing and surface testing, if necessary.
4. We issue a Certified Mold Inspection Report with laboratory test findings, site
conditions and recommendations.
5. If you have a mold problem and professional mold remediation is necessary, we
represent you during the process to assure that work is done correctly.
6. We provide the "post" remediation inspection and mold testing along with the related "clearance" report.
Please allow yourself a few minutes to read this valuable information before you spend your money on a mold inspection, it could save you many headaches and a lot of money. A lot of information is false and exaggerated regarding mold.
DON'T BE CONFUSED!!!
IT'S ALL ABOUT THE AIR WE BREATHE!
(as well as, the value of your real estate)
Most Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, most of that time is spent either at home or at our jobs. It is a fact that mold spores can enter our bodies through skin, eye and mouth contact but in the truest sense, MOLD primarily becomes a "problem" when the air that we breathe becomes saturated with amplified levels of MOLD spores! Excessive moisture is the culprit, MOLD is the result.
When MOLD colonizes (reproduces) indoors, it releases spores that become airborne, just as though it was outdoors, however, when trapped, so to speak, by the indoor containment, the airborne spores have nowhere to go. Accordingly, much like smoke in a closed room, the air becomes densely filled with, what are too often "TOXIC" MOLD spores, forcing MEGA-doses to be ingested by all that occupy the environment. Mold testing through air sampling during a mold inspection will reveal air quality conditions.
Stop the moisture source first ... then clean up the MOLD! Followed by creating a dryer and more efficiently ventilated indoor environment, OR the situation only continues, and worsens. REMEMBER...mold spores are present naturally on most every surface. Mold spores simply wait for water to begin colonizing. It can be a simple elevation humidity of, not just actual visible water. We can NEVER get rid of mold completely, but we can control it.
The only way to know what is in the air, is through AIR TESTING! Many consumers are spending far too much time and money cleaning up MOLD conditions that pose no direct or potential health threat. A formal water intrusion and mold inspection goal is to reveal present and potential water intrusions and subsequent mold colonization. Air sampling and mold testing should reveal any amplified levels of airborne mold spores, and ideally the source of the MOLD spore contamination. Lab analysis will determine the types of molds and the total mold spore counts present, and help to determine what further actions, if any, that may be appropriate.
WHY ARE YOU HERE?
If you feel that you have a mold problem, find category below that fits your situation, then read on...
What is the quality of the indoor air being consumed by the occupants?
Mold growth (colonization) occurs when water leaks or water intrusions occur causing mold spores to become airborne. No matter what type of indoor environment, whether at home, at work or at school, airborne mold spores can affect our health. Those effected the most are children and the elderly, especially those of any age with allergy or asthma conditions, or a compromised immune system from a disease, surgery or other health problems.
Are you buying a home?
Make sure you are not purchasing a mold problem! You could be faced with significant expense cleaning up a mold problem that was not discovered during the time of purchase. An unknown mold problem may exist. Mold inspection and mold testing will provide the actual conditions.
Are you selling a home?
Make sure you are not selling a mold problem! "Ignorance is bliss" as they say, but lack of knowledge does not relieve liability and potential for lawsuits. Know what you sell! California is a FULL DISCLOSURE state, sellers are liable to disclose all facts about the property they sell. Many wise sellers have their own mold inspection and mold testing done to avoid surprises and minimize future liability.
Are a you real estate agent? For the buyer or for the seller?
Most professional agents and brokers are keenly aware of the mold issue and how to handle it. However, it is recommended that agents and brokers encourage, as opposed to discourage. Mold inspection and mold testing should be considered on any occasion where moisture or water problems have occurred.
Are you a Property Manager or a Landlord?
Protect your interests and your client's interests by showing "due diligence" regarding mold in your tenant occupied property. Lawyers are aggressively encouraging tenants to seek legal actions for negligence against landlords regarding mold issues, of which, many times are frivolous. Landlords are mandated by law to provide a healthy indoor environment. Many pro-active landlords are now having annual water intrusion, mold inspections, and mold testing to insure against frivolous, as well as legitimate lawsuits.
Are you a tenant?
Do you have a mold problem that is NOT your fault? If so, let your landlord or property manager know immediately, preferably in writing. Still notify your landlord regardless if it IS your fault or not, to prevent further damage and contamination. Give them the opportunity to properly investigate and correct the problem before taking matters into your own hands.
REMEMBER THIS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FACT - There are a lot of mold inspection companies out there who simply want to play on your fears and separate you from your money. Keep this in mind...a true mold problem is handled in 3 steps. These 3 steps will produce 3 separate documents that are necessary to document everything so that if in the future there is a need to disclose or defend how the mold problem was remedied.
1. An independent mold inspection and mold testing by a certified and insured mold inspection firm. This documents the problem and serves as a guide for necessary repairs, so you can proceed to step 2.
2.Professional mold remediation by an independent certified mold remediation firm (following IICRC 520 standards of practice).
3. Re-inspection and re-testing by the original inspection company to determine that the repairs were properly and effectively completed.
NEVER ALLOW THE REMEDIATION COMPANY PERFORM THE POST-REMEDIATION INSPECTION AND TESTING OF THEIR OWN WORK...again, it is a conflict of interest, and you can never be certain if the work was done successfully.
Note: Your mold inspection firm typically acts as your guide during the process. After this 3 step process is complete, you will end up with the 3 documents previously mentioned representing - A. the establishment of the problem B. the repair of the problem. and C. the independent verification that all repairs were successfully completed.
By adhering to the 3-step process, not only will you be comfortable that your environment is safe once again, but you will also be protected from real estate devaluation. In today's real estate world, nobody wants to buy a mold problem. It is required by law to disclose the conditions of your home before you sell. If you have had water intrusions or leaks that have resulted in mold, by producing the three documents to the buyer and/or buyers agent, you immunize yourself from their attempt at negotiating a lower price due to a mold problem.
WHAT MAKES A GOOD MOLD INSPECTOR?
THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT QUESTION! - As this new mold inspection industry evolves, many have jumped into the mold business to take advantage of this new service and potential profit center. And, as one might imagine, some are much more qualified than others. There are many great mold inspectors who came from other professions, having received superb training and certifications, and who are leading the way providing top quality mold inspection services to their clients. Keeping that in mind, many agree that for the most part, the best mold inspectors are those who have an extended background in general building construction and home inspection.
The popular standard for hiring a qualified mold inspector that is gaining more and more credibility comes in 5 basic areas.
1. IAQA (Indoor Air Quality Association)
2.IESO (Indoor Environmental Standards Organization) Standards of Practice Certification
3. BOARD CERTIFIED (CRMI) Certified Residential Mold Inspector - by the ACAC - American Council for Accredited Certification, (formerly known as AmIAQC (American Indoor Air Quality Council)
4.E& O insured (Errors and Omissions) & GL insured (General Liability) - Hard to obtain unless qualified.
5. A+ Rated by the BBB- The Better Business Bureau
Take your time, and ask lots of questions...get multiple opinions and quotes...and above all, if you are comfortable with a specific mold inspector, don't let the cost be the determining factor regarding who you finally hire!