Initial Investigation

Reasons to Hire a Certified Mold Inspector

  • Reports of Water Damage, Roof Leaks or Plumbing Problems
  • Occupant Complaints of Illness from Building
  • Legally Defensible Testing Methodologies
  • Third Party Verification of Mold Repairs
  • Perform Due Diligence for Clients
  • Visible Signs of Suspected Mold
  • Health Department Inquiries
  • Disclosure Requirements
  • Reports of Musty Odors

So Why Should You Hire Same Day Mold Testing?

  • Two Units Inspected for the Price of One! (same location)
  • Independent Third Party Assessment of Property Condition
  • Nationally Recognized Professional Credentials
  • Broad Geographic Coverage
  • Available 7 Days a Week
  • No Conflict of Interest
  • Same Day Service

Reasons to Hire a Certified Mold Inspector

  • Reports of Water Damage, Roof Leaks or Plumbing Problems
  • Reports of Musty Odors or Visible Signs of Mold
  • Legally Defensible Testing Methodologies
  • Perform Due Diligence for Clients
  • Disclosure Requirements
  • Expedited Lab Results
  • Lender Requirements

So Why Should You Hire Same Day Mold Testing?

  • Two Units Inspected for the Price of One! (same location)
  • Independent Third Party Assessment of Property Condition
  • Nationally Recognized Professional Credentials
  • Broad Geographic Coverage
  • Available 7 Days a Week
  • No Conflict of Interest
  • Same Day Mold Inspection Service

Because a house has been prepped for sale, paint may conceal hidden mold problems. Also, disclosure may be lacking in regards to water damage (e.g. Bank Owned Property). As such, wall cavity sampling around plumbing is a way to detect hidden mold problems. Cavity sampling should be coupled with air sampling to determine if there is a hidden mold problem that is compromising indoor air quality. Expedited Lab Results may be necessary depending on how much time is left for the inspection contingency period and to have enough to time to generate the inspection report and submit a request for repairs.

Reasons to Hire a Certified Mold Inspector

  • Independent Third Party Assesement of Property Condition
  • Do-it-Yourself Mold Test Kits Won’t Hold Up in Court
  • Unresponsive or Uncooperative Landlords
  • Feeling Sick When Inside the Unit
  • Suspect Black Toxic Mold
  • Lease Disputes

So Why Should You Hire Same Day Mold Testing?

  • Budget Friendly Pricing Options – Possibly Reimbursable by Landlord
  • Recommend Actions for Landlord to Solve the Problem
  • Cavity Sampling
  • DIY Maintenance
  • Specialized Tenant Reports
  • Broad Geographic Coverage
  • Available 7 Days a Week
  • Same Day Service

At Same Day Mold Testing, Inc., we offer certified mold inspection in Southern California for general contractors (and other trade specialties) that need an inspection to address a mold concern on behalf of your client. Contact our office to discuss the particulars of your situation. We will determine the best course of action to address the concerns of both you and your valuable clients.

Certified Mold Inspection Los Angeles includes: visual inspection by a well trained, certified mold inspector, moisture readings of construction materials, humidity readings, on-site sampling recommendations and a subsequent written mold inspection report with recommendations.

Post Remediation Verification

Mold Clearance Inspection: Buyer Beware!

It is important to make sure that you complete post-remediation verification in Los Angeles, CA right after the removal is complete. So, you have a mold problem that has been corrected and you want to know if it is okay to move occupants back into the building? Get a clearance inspection. But not from the company who did the work!

For the purpose of this article, post-abatement, post-remediation, and clearance are synonymous terms. Essentially, it means check the work after it has been done.

As a general rule, owners can solve a mold problem in-house if the total repair cost is $500 or less, and/or the affected area is less than ten (10) square feet. Otherwise, all post-remediation verification in Los Angeles, CA should be done by a company that is licensed and insured.

In either case, a clearance inspection should be done to verify the mold has been adequately removed prior to reconstruction. It will also satisfy disclosure requirements for buyers in the event of sale or transfer. The clearance inspection will demonstrate your due diligence in having the problem handled properly in the event of a formal complaint or lawsuit.

The purpose of a mold clearance inspection is to provide a limited investigation report based on the remediation activity performed at the site by an independent mold remediation contractor.

A post remediation inspection, both visual and analytical, is performed to ensure a return to a pre-mold contaminated environment. The post remediation inspection is based on the following four (4) criteria:

  • Absence of visible dust, debris and moisture within the containment area(s):
  • Absence of visible fungal growth within the containment area(s);
  • Moisture content of lumber and other construction materials are within normal limits inside the containment area(s); and
  • Balance of the airborne fungal spores found inside the containment area(s) when compared to fungal spores found outside the containment area(s), based on total spore count and/or hierarchy of spores detected.

If all four (4) of these criteria are met, then the mold remediation efforts are considered to be acceptable (PASS) and no further remediation is recommended. If any of the four (4) criteria are not met, then the mold remediation efforts are considered to be unacceptable (FAIL) and further remediation is recommended.

In the event the containment area fails inspection, a re-inspection is recommended. The inspection company should be willing to perform the re-inspection at a lower price since there is less work involved with verifying the recommendations have been implemented. Lower pricing may also give the customer a level of confidence the inspection company’s motivation is not to keep re-inspecting to generate additional revenue.

When a mold remediation contractor says they will do their own clearance testing, there is a conflict of interest. Not all remediation projects require clearance testing, but some form of post-remediation verification (PRV) should be performed and it should be done by someone working for the building owner, not for the contractor who did the work. Clearance testing services ensure the contractor has remediated according to industry accepted standards.

The remediation company has a vested interested in passing any type of PRV inspection because it costs more time and money to continue working on your project if it fails inspection. Sometimes they want to keep third parties away from the work being done so they can wrap up, get paid, and move on. Any cost savings they are offering you to perform the PRV is already built into the cost of the repair either through the initial estimate or subsequent change orders.

Hiring a “Test Only” company means one that only performs inspections, testing and consulting. This is an important distinction from a “Testing and Removal” company, and it is up to you as the buyer to know that distinction. Since the mold industry is self-regulated, it is a classic case of “Caveat Emptor: Let the Buyer Beware.”

Remediation companies may offer “100% Guarantee Pass Clearance” or even low-or-no-cost post-remediation verifications. But think about it: it’s like the proverbial fox guarding the hen house. Of course, the fox is going to assure nothing will happen to the hens under his watch. But if no one else is watching the fox, how do you know what’s really going on?

Case in point: the tobacco industry. For years, the tobacco companies denied any harmful effects of smoking cigarettes. They vehemently defended their position for decades until the statistics from the healthcare sector and release of the dreaded internal memos from Big Tobacco. Then it became obvious the tobacco industry was concerned with profit over consumer safety. Several class action lawsuits and billions of dollars later, the tobacco companies are no longer credible when it comes to self-regulation.

Another example: smog testing for motor vehicle registration. Auto repair shops that offered both services use to recommend costly repairs to pass smog inspection. Later it was determined auto shops were padding their profits by abusing their authority when testing, repairing, and clearing the smog compliance of many vehicles. The state stepped in and regulated this practice, which resulted in “Test Only” smog check centers.

This article is not a case for regulating the mold industry; it is a reminder to use one company to inspect and a separate company to remediate. Now that you have been educated there is a lesser likelihood of recurring problems, occupant health and safety can be optimized, and the legal aspects of the situation will be addressed objectively.

Indoor Air Quality

Many people have allergies and are particularly sensitive to mold. Medical professionals can perform tests to determine if someone is reactive to certain types of mold. Mold can produce several symptoms for individuals, particularly the very young, elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Mold testing the indoor environment will assist in determining if there is a health risk associated with the space one occupies. Residential, commercial and industrial buildings can harbor mold contamination that can create “Sick Building Syndrome.” Hire Same Day Mold Testing, Inc. to investigate your health concerns about the building you or someone you care about occupies.

People can spot mold when there is severe contamination affecting large areas. But what about hidden mold? Mold likes dark, confined spaces because it can grow more easily where there is no disturbance to the area. Often this results in mold growth occurring in hidden places like ceiling cavities, wall cavities, floorboard cavities and crawlspaces. Detecting hidden mold usually requires specialized equipment and a trained mold professional. Hire Same Day Mold Testing, Inc. for a professional and experienced inspector to investigate the areas hidden mold usually resides. We monitor and inspect indoor air quality in Los Angeles, CA and Pasadena, CA.

Okay, so you see something that you think is mold. Does that mean it’s a mold problem? Maybe. Maybe not. Consumers can be misled to think that the mere presence of mold means there is a problem that requires the expertise of a mold removal company. That’s not always the case. There can be mold on a surface but not in the air. Mold removal companies bank on the visible signs of mold to justify expensive repairs that may be unnecessary. Like most repairs, mold repairs have varying levels of severity. Some visible mold can be wiped away, other mold needs to be cut out. Depending on how much mold there is, it could be a simple handyperson fix. Or it could require the specialty service of a mold removal company. Avoid mold removal (Test & Repair) companies that exaggerate problems and overcharge for solutions. Hire Same Day Mold Testing, Inc. to give you an unbiased opinion about visible mold and its impact on the space you occupy.

Outdoor Air Sample is “Normal” – Whenever we recommend air sampling, we start with an outdoor sample. That is because there are no threshold exposure limits for airborne fungal activity. It’s the baseline that we use to reach our conclusion as to whether or not there is an air quality problem.

For example, if there are 10 spores outside and 100 of the same spore type inside, that would suggest an air quality problem. If there are 10 outside and 2 inside, this would suggest normal fungal ecology. Customers that decline an outdoor sample generally raises more questions on the back end that involve a lot of explanation that could have been answered with the outdoor sample. Especially if the results have to be sent along to a third party, such as tenants passing along to the landlord or an attorney.

Indoor air quality is measured by collecting samples. Mold sampling includes air, surface, bulk materials and cavity samples. It is customary to collect 4 to 5 samples to investigate indoor air quality. Depending on the number of rooms, it may call for several more samples.

As an example, a bathroom with discoloration under the sink would justify 5 samples: 1 surface sample of the discoloration, 1 wall cavity sample to determine if there is hidden mold, 1 air sample of the bathroom for air quality, 1 air sample of another room to determine if there is cross contamination affecting indoor air quality, and 1 outdoor sample for normal air quality in the neighborhood.

Hire Same Day Mold Testing, Inc. to have sampling performed by a certified mold inspector and samples analyzed by an accredited laboratory.

Conflict of Interest

Same Day Mold Testing provides all the information you need about choosing the right mold clearance inspection Los Angeles. The mold inspection and mold remediation process is a balancing act of ensuring occupant health & safety and preserving the property value for the owner.

The mold inspection company you choose should offer a value proposition that stands apart from others. The credentials should include a certification, experience, a fine work product, and a competitive price. In addition, the company should be able to provide multiple references of past customers who were satisfied with their experience.

To minimize the chance for conflict of interest, the mold inspection company should strictly be in the business of inspecting, testing, and consulting. That way, the company has no vested interested in benefiting from the repair that may be necessary through mold remediation.

Why would it be a conflict of interest for a full service company to provide a mold clearance Inspection for a property manager? It’s the old saying “When you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail!” It’s a fitting metaphor for mold removal because there is a lot of destructive and reconstructive work associated with a mold problem. It can cost thousands of dollars to perform the simplest mold repair when you employ the services of a mold removal company. They will gladly forego a few hundred dollars of mold testing if they can skip right to the thousands of dollars involved with repair. Mold removal is very lucrative: once they have you under contract, a previously agreed to $1,500 repair can easily turn into a $3,000 repair, much of which translates into windfall profits for the removal company. It’s called a change order. Think about it, unless there is additional demolition twice the size of the original repair, do you really think it would cost twice as much in labor, materials and overhead? Probably not. These numbers are generalizations, but the occurrence happens often. Mold removal companies pose as inspectors so they can be the first responder. Conventional wisdom suggests the first responder gets the job. And once you’re under contract with a mold removal company, the cash register starts ringing fast.

It is acceptable for a mold inspection company to make referrals to remediation companies. It is even acceptable for a company to have separate divisions that perform mold inspections, mold remediation, and water damage restoration. It should be noted that it is not illegal for a company to perform mold inspections and mold removal. The perceived conflict of interest can happen if the company is not transparent about the full-service solutions they provide. If you are suspicious of the recommendations of the inspection company, obtaining a second opinion will assist in determining the appropriate course of action.

However, an objective mold inspection company should be able to refer to more than one remediation company even if they have a division that also performs mold removal. The remediation company should be a CSLB licensed & insured contractor and an IICRC Certified Firm because they will be destroying portions of the property in order to repair it. These repairs should be performed in accordance with industry standards, and the Institute for Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the gold standard for mold remediation and water damage restoration both domestically and internationally.

As a licensed contractor, the mold removal company has to comply with legal requirements for deposit limitations, payment schedules, lien notifications, and other disclosures that protect you as a consumer. Any company performing mold removal that is not a CSLB licensed contractor is breaking the law, so verify the active license on the CSLB website before you sign a contract. If the company is not licensed you should report them for unlicensed activity, which can also be done on the CSLB website.

Mold remediation and water damage restoration can be an expensive endeavor and you want to have recourse in the event something goes wrong!

About Mold Remediation

There are times when mold testing is unnecessary because the problem is so obvious that the first step is mold removal. In such instances, hiring a mold remediation company is the priority instead of getting testing done. That makes financial sense too because those hundreds of dollars spent on testing could be applied to actually solving the problem.

In such instances, you want to hire a company that is credentialed, experienced, affordable, and responsive. By credentialed, we mean the company should be a CSLB Licensed Contractor and IICRC Certified Firm. By experienced, we mean the company should have been in the industry for at least 10 years because repair methods evolve over time. Having the longevity is one part of the equation, but knowing the latest and greatest repair methods also matters.

Low price guarantees can make projects affordable, but a “race to the bottom” pricing strategy could compromise quality. Remember: all companies have to pay for rent, utilities, labor, vehicles, fuel, equipment & materials, and taxes, so there is only so low a company can go before they actually lose money on a job. Responsiveness also factors into the overall value proposition because you may have special needs outside of normal business hours.

It could take several interviews to determine the right company for your needs. We encourage you to interview three companies to evaluate their credentials, service offerings, pricing, and availability. Sometimes the sense of urgency doesn’t afford you the time to interview three companies. There is a solution for that: Presto! Restore Rebuild “Restoring Sanity to Restoration Services!” This licensed and certified contractor offers a price match and/or beat of the other similarly credentialed companies in the marketplace.

With transparent pricing and a low price guarantee, you will understand what’s involved with performing the work and what you can expect for your hard-earned money. Presto! Restore Rebuild “Restoring Sanity to Restoration Services!” strives to save customers anywhere from 10% to 30% by hiring them over the competition.

Pricing will vary depending on the level of severity from cleaning, restoration, to remediation/removal. Oftentimes, you can obtain a free estimate for repair to compare companies inexpensively. Mold remediation contractors can also rebuild the affected area so that you can get back to normal life as soon as possible. Be sure to obtain a documented evaluation of the completed mold repair before building back.

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