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Mold Inspections and Mold Testing in Pomona, CA

 

AMI was the first company to provide certified mold inspection and mold testing services to Pomona California.
AMI has earned the trust and confidence of Pomona residents and businesses because all we do is inspections and testing. We're not in the mold remediation business.

Remediation companies (companies that remove mold) often use mold inspections to find highly profitable repair work for themselves. Protect yourself from mold remediation scams by choosing a certified mold inspector in the City of Pomona who is not in the mold removal business. Choose AMI.
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BASIC MOLD INSPECTION
A mold inspection is a non-invasive cursory visual examination of a property, indoors and outdoors, for mold and conditions that cause mold. AMI uses industry specific state-of-the-art electronic equipment to detect mold and moisture issues in residential and commercial buildings.

What Is The Goal of a Mold Inspection?
The goal of a mold inspection is to identify mold issues, determine the cause and provide data to help establish an effective remediation (removal) plan.

A Mold Inspection can help uncover hidden mold problems. Sometimes mold is obvious and other times it's not. The absence of visible mold does not necessarily mean that there is no mold problem. A mold inspection can assist in identifying hidden mold problems that may go unnoticed by an untrained eye.
[For an example of how a mold inspection can reveal hidden mold click here.]

A Mold Inspection can help spot small mold problems early. There are usually many warning signs of a mold problem "in-the-making". If you identify them soon enough you can often prevent a minor problem from becoming a major problem.
[For more information on catching mold problems early click here.]

A Mold Inspection can help determine the cause your mold problem. Equally as important as identifying mold problems is discovering how they started. Unless you correct the cause, remediation efforts are futile because the mold will come back.

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MOLD TESTING  (SAMPLING)
Mold testing is done by collecting samples on-site and having them analyzed by an accredited laboratory. Sampling for mold should be conducted by professionals with specific experience in designing mold sampling protocols, sampling methods, and interpretation of results. Sample analysis should follow analytical methods recommended by the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH), or the Indoor Environmental Standards Organization (IESO). Types of samples include air samples, surface samples, bulk samples (chunks of carpet, insulation, wall board, etc.), and water samples from condensate drain pans or cooling towers.

SAMPLING OPTIONS:

1. Surface Sampling:
Surface sampling consists of collecting a sample from any surface either by use of a cotton swab, tape lift, or an actual piece of the surface (bulk) for direct microscopic analysis.

What Is The Goal of a Surface or Bulk Sample?

The goal of surface and bulk samples is to confirm or rule out that a suspected stain, discoloration, or substance on a surface is mold, and if so, what type of mold. Surface sampling is not necessarily a representation of what type of molds are in the air. Some molds are light and dry and become airborne with the slightest breeze. Other molds are wet and sticky and don't become airborne unless they are disturbed.

Why Sample a Surface?
There are three reasons for sampling a surface;

# One is to find out if a suspected stain on a surface is in fact mold. Sometimes dirt on a surface looks like mold. Sometimes there is obvious water damage or a water stain on a surface, but you're not sure if mold is present. Surface sampling will tell you.

# Two is to link mold found on a particular surface to mold in the air. For example, if an indoor air sample contains Stachybotrys but the outdoor comparison sample does not, and your objective is to determine if the source of the Stachybotrys is the mold you see on the bathroom wall, a surface sample of the mold on the bathroom wall will either prove or disprove it as the probable source.

# Three is to determine if mold on a surface is viable or non-viable (alive or dead). (culturing required)

2. Air Sampling:
What Is The Goal of an Air Sample?

The goal of an air sample is to confirm or rule out the probability that mold is originating indoors. This is accomplished by comparing a sample of air from a suspect area to a sample of air from a non-suspect area (typically outdoors). Since no EPA or other Federal threshold limits have been set for mold or mold spores, sampling cannot be used to check a building's compliance with Federal mold standards. However, sampling is the best available indicator that mold is or is not originating inside a building. In non-problematic buildings, the types and concentrations of mold in indoor air samples should be similar to what is found in the local outdoor air.

Why Sample the Air?
There are two reason for sampling the air for mold;

# One:  Air samples show what cannot be seen in a visual inspection. Sometimes a visual inspection may show high moisture retention inside a wall, ceiling, or floor, but there is no visible evidence of mold on the surface. While the presence of moisture is not a confirmation that mold is growing inside that wall, ceiling, or floor, moisture intrusion is, however, always the cause of indoor mold growth. Air sampling can help assess the likelihood of mold growth inside a wall without opening it and exposing occupants unnecessarily.

# Two:  Another benefit of air sampling is to assist in evaluating the indoor air quality of a building in terms of any potential mold related health risks. Air samples identify individual mold types present and quantifies each one. This can be particularly useful information to someone who is allergic to a specific type of mold because it shows the volume of exposure.

 

All prices shown includes documentation.

*   Mold sample prices are the same for residential and commercial projects.
**  The m
inimum turn-around time for culture samples is 7 days. Price shown is a surcharge added
     to standard price)


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MOLD INSPECTIONS AND MOLD TESTING IN Pomona CALIFORNIA

1. What Is the Differences Between a Mold Inspection and Mold Testing?
Mold inspections and mold testing are two different services that work together to provide a comprehensive assessment of indoor mold conditions and their cause.

2. What Is a Mold Inspection?
A mold inspection is a cursory visual examination of a structure (inside and out) for mold and conditions that cause mold. Moisture is a primary cause of mold growth. AMI uses state-of-the-art equipment to detect moisture in construction materials and visually identify any other conditions that are commonly associated with properties in Pomona that have mold problems.

3. What Are the Benefits of a Mold Inspection?
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A Mold Inspection can catch small mold problems before they become big mold problems and save thousands of dollars in costly repair work. There are usually many warning signs of a mold problem "in-the-making". Knowing what to look for can often prevent a minor problem from becoming a major problem.

• A Mold Inspection can help determine the cause of a mold problem. Equally as important as identifying a mold problem is discovering the cause. Unless you correct the cause, remediation efforts are futile because the mold will come back sooner or later.

• A Mold Inspection can reveal hidden mold problems that may otherwise go unnoticed by an untrained eye. The absence of visible mold is not necessarily a confirmation that a property does not have mold issues. Hidden mold problems inside walls, ceilings and floors are typically the most costly to repair because of their potential to do significant damage long before being detected. Hidden mold can also cause unpleasant odors indoors and generate high concentrations of unhealthy mold spores in the air.   [For more on hidden mold click here.]

4. What Is Mold Testing?
When you think of mold testing, think of "samples". When evaluating mold conditions, samples can be collected from surfaces or from the air. At the most elementary level, surface samples identify mold on surfaces, and air samples identify mold spores in the air.

5. What Are the Benefits of Mold Testing?
Mold samples serve several purposes:

• Mold samples can confirm or rule out that mold is originating indoors.

• Mold samples can evaluate potential health risks.

• Mold samples can help locate the source of hidden mold.

6. What's the Difference Between a Home Inspector and a Mold Inspector?
Most home inspectors that service Pomona are not specifically trained to find mold problems or identify unusual mold conditions in a property. Their area of expertise lies in virtually every aspect of building conditions except for mold.

Likewise, most certified mold inspectors in the Pomona area are not trained in any aspects of building conditions other than mold and water intrusion. Home inspectors and mold inspectors do not generally compete with each other.

7. Why Test For Mold?
A decade ago it was asbestos. Today, mold is in the spotlight. In fact, mold is often referred to as "the asbestos of today".

Residents and business owners in Pomona California are divided over whether mold really is a legitimate concern or just another over-rated environmental issue. Getting the facts about mold testing can be a challenge, especially since most of what we hear about mold comes from either the "doom-and-gloom media" or someone trying to sell us something.

Whatever we believe or don’t believe about mold, the reality is; mold is here to stay. If only half of everything we hear about mold is true, there are plenty of valid reasons for mold testing. Numerous alerts from the medical profession and the skyrocketing number of lawsuits against landlords, realtors, employers, insurers, and even car dealers, warn us of the seriousness of mold and justify the need for proper mold testing, especially in such a litigious environment as California.

If you suspect your Pomona property has a mold problem, the first responsible step is to take swift action. Having your home or office inspected and tested by a professional certified mold inspector will tell you whether you have a small clean-up project or a job that requires professional mold remediation. Either way, it is vital to know that your mold assessment is accurate and unbiased when deciding on a course of action. And the only way to be sure the information you get is trustworthy is by hiring an inspector who not financially motivated by the outcome of your inspection.

8. Is Post-Remediation Mold Testing Necessary?
All remediation projects should be tested for mold before any reconstruction work begins. Post-remediation verification is important for two reasons:

• As a consumer paying for a service, a post-remediation verification report is your only assurance that your remediation project was successful. Success is defined as; no visible evidence of mold remains and airborne mold spore levels are lower in the containment area than outdoors. Without a post-remediation verification report you have no way of knowing that your remediation contractor performed all work properly. Some remediation contractors offer free mold clearance testing. But third-party verification is the only way you can be sure the data is un-biased.

• As a matter of law, sellers of real estate are required to disclose any water intrusion and mold history. A third-party post-remediation verification report is the only assurance a potential buyer has that any disclosed mold matters have been resolved. Without a third-party post-remediation verification, the buyer may be denied affordable insurance coverage. More and more financiers of Pomona real estate today are requiring mold inspections and many require that mold disclosure statements be accompanied by third-party post-remediation clearance reports.

Pomona residents and business owners trust AMI. You can too.
AMI is not in the mold removal business. We are, in fact, certified mold remediators as well as certified mold inspectors, but we do not engage in mold remediation work. AMI inspectors are are trained and certified in mold remediation for the sole purpose of knowing whether or not your remediation project was done right.

If you suspect you have a mold problem, call AMI today. You'll be glad you did!

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AMI has earned the trust and confidence of Pomona residents and businesses because all we do is inspections and testing. We're not in the mold remediation business. Remediation companies (companies that remove mold) often use mold inspections to find highly profitable repair work for themselves. Protect yourself from mold remediation scams by choosing a certified mold inspector in the City of Pomona who is not in the mold removal business. Choose AMI.
Advanced Mold Inspections is the leading mold inspection company in Pomona California specializing exclusively in mold inspections and mold testing in residential and commercial properties. Mold is a natural living organism in Pomona. It exists in the air in the form microscopic spores that move in and out of Pomona buildings through doors, windows, vents, HVAC systems and anywhere else that air enters. If you suspect you have a mold problem in Pomona CA, it is always best to have a certified Pomona mold inspector assess the over-all condition and make the appropriate recommendations for correction.
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