Mold Inspection and Sampling Services
Our certified mold technicians will promptly inspect and report on your mold or moisture illue and provide you with a full written report with recommendations. Scott Environmental’s Certified Mold Technicians have been working with realtors, general contractors, insurance companies, insurance adjusters, remediation contractors, and the public for over 13 years. We offer mold inspections, mold sampling, and full written reports in Southern California. Mold will often occur when there is enough moisture, a viable food source, and ambient temperature. Airborne mold spores can contribute to allergies and cause infections, and more serious disease. Mold will damage your belongings, furniture, linens, drywall, and wood framing components of the home if left unresolved.
If you suspect mold, the first step is to have a mold inspection by a Certified Mold Technician. Remediation should not begin without first having a preliminary assessment with a protocol (action plan and scope of work) established. Sampling may be necessary to determine levels of contamination in the affected area, and other areas of the dwelling. Most remediation companies use a combination of the EPA guidelines for mold and the New York Mold Remediation Guidelines to remove clean and remove mold contaminants without cross contaminating other areas of the dwelling.
The preliminary Mold Inspection helps to determine moisture content, temperature/relative humidity, sampling plans (if mold sampling is needed), type of moisture intrusion (clean water, gray water, black water), what type of equipment should be used during remediation, and what areas will be contained during remediation.
The use of investigation tools including moisture meters, borescopes and hygrometers are non invasive methods of determining mold growth and moisture issues. Drilling into drywall areas may be necessary during the inspection. There are a variety of unique sampling methods that can be conducted as well, sampling methods include, Air, Wall Check – Air, Tape, Bulk, or Swab.
You can trust Scott Environmental to provide an accurate consultation and report. We are Certified Mold Technicians (CMT), Indoor Air Quality Specialists (IAQCP), and Mold Inspection Certified Professionals (MICP).
Servicing the following areas
Orange County: – Mission Viejo – San Clemente – Laguna Hills – Aliso Viejo – Anaheim – Brea – Corona del Mar – Costa Mesa – Coto de Caza – Dana Point – Fountain Valley – Fullerton – Huntington Beach -Irvine – Laguna Beach -Lagune Hills – Laguna NIguel – La Habra – Lake Forest – Mission Viejo – Newport Beach – Orange – San Clemente – Seal Beach – Stanton – Tustin Westminster – Yorba Linda
Los Angeles: Agoura Hills – Beverly Hills – Burbank – Calabasas – Cerritos – Claremont – Diamond Bar – Downey – Long Beach – Los Angeles – Redondo Beach – Santa Fe Springs – West Hollywood Woodland Hills
San Diego County: Carlsbad – Vista – San Marcos – San Diego – Del Mar – Pacifc Beach – Encinitas – and other surrounding cities
Inland Empire: Chino – Chino Hills – Corona – Lake Elsinore – Moreno Velley – Murrieta – – Riverside – Temecula – Ontario and other surrounding cities
Sampling and Testing
Air Sampling: In order to determine the presence/absence of mold spores, and their composition and concentrations in situations where either occupants or homeowners complain of ill health but see no obvious visible mold growth, air samples can be taken to detect airborne concentrations of mold spores. Air samples can be taken to determine if spores from visible mold growth sources have become airborne, and what their airborne concentrations are. This information could be used in assessing the possibility of hidden mold growth and human exposure.
Tape sampling and swab sampling: These samples could be used to determine the level of contamination on a surface. They may also be used to demonstrate that a surface is “clean” after remediation work (but one has to be aware of the limitations of this kind of sampling).
Bulk Sampling: Bulk samples with or without visible mold growth are suitable for analysis. Bulk samples include pieces of building materials such as drywall, insulation material, baseboards, ceiling and floor tiles, carpets, or even dust.
Dust Sampling: There could be many reasons why an investigator would want to take dust samples. Dust samples give an indication of the types of microbial particles that have settled on the surface over time. Therefore, dust samples could give an indication of whether there is hidden mold. However, dust from carpets may also contain microbial particles brought in from outside through soiled shoes or other items brought into the building from outdoors.