Mold Removal Services
24/7 Water Removal are experts in residential and commercial mold removal services throughout Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. In cases of water damage, the likelihood of mold growth is extremely high, and finding a company that is trustworthy for the complete elimination of mold is an important part of the restoration process. We are equipped to handle any mold removal project to help give you peace of mind.
Mold can start growing under various conditions of water damage, including the following environments where moisture is present:
- Wood and drywall
- Warm, humid areas, such as basements
Being one of the oldest cities in North America, Los Angeles has more than its fair share of aged architecture, particularly in areas like Little Tokyo and Downtown L.A. Old buildings that have not been renovated or updated to habitable living standards typically provide the perfect environment for mold.
If you suspect you may have mold growth from recent water damage or bad weather, contact a professional immediately for a thorough inspection, and avoid any health complications that can occur from prolonged mold exposure. The mold inspection process goes as follows:
- Step One – Q&A: A preliminary phone consultation should take place to get an idea of the problem. At this time, a technician will ask about problems and issues such as humidity conditions, plumbing and roof leaks, or mold odor detection.
- Step Two – The Eye Test: A service professional will visually inspect the entire property to identify problem areas, pinpoint any places where water infiltration is present, and look for evidence of mold growth.
- Step Three – Air Sampling: If signs of mold problems cannot be detected by the naked eye, a professional will use tools to take air samples and collect spores from inside and just outside the property.
- Step Four – Analyze and Report: Once air and spore samples are collected, a mold remediation technician will analyze the samples, compile a report on any findings, and then inform you on the severity of the situation, as well as what course of action should be taken next.
Mold Remediation Process
The effectiveness of a mold remediation project largely relies on the equipment used, so be sure to entrust your mold removal needs to a company that uses equipment that is the most up-to-date with the newest technology. This will best ensure that your mold removal project will be successful with fast, and more importantly, flawless results.
In areas like Glendora, or the Ventura County town of La Conchita, which have both experienced catastrophic mudslide events, this type of disaster can make for a messy, extensive cleanup, and the potential for mold growth in these conditions should be a point of concern.
When addressing a mold problem in the home or office, a service professional will employ the following tools for optimal mold inspection and removal:
- Moisture Meter: Moisture meters can probe the structure to test moisture levels, which can help a technician identify places where mold is most likely growing.
- Hygrometer: Because mold loves humidity, an inspector will use a hygrometer to measure humidity levels throughout the home or office to find areas that could be harboring mold.
- Protective Clothing: Goggles, respirators and gloves should be worn to avoid inhaling mold spores or getting mold on the skin.
- HEPA Vacuum: A vacuum with a “High Efficiency Particulate Air” filter may be used to help remove toxic particles from the air, and HEPA filtration units may also be used to ensure that especially dangerous black mold spores do not venture out into other parts of your home or business.
- Borescope: Your inspector may need to drill a small hole into the wall or other surface and use a borescope to look for hidden mold on the other side.
Mold Exposure Symptoms
Black mold growth, which is an ever-growing issue in both residences and businesses alike, is assisted in large part by humidity. If you live close to the water in beach towns like Malibu or Santa Monica, humidity can rise during the summer due to increased heat and more seawater being evaporated into the air.
Increased mold spores in the air can potentially cause a nasty reaction, especially since black mold produces allergens and toxic molecules called mycotoxins. You might have been exposed to mold if you find yourself exhibiting the following symptoms:
- Skin rash
- Atypical asthma
If you notice a pattern of these symptoms appearing in one particular place, such as home or work, and then suddenly subsiding when you leave, you should strongly consider having the building tested for mold.