The West Hills branch is available to service all of the West Los Angeles, Thousand Oakds, Oxnard and Greater Los Angeles area in conjunction with our other locations.
8001 Quimby Ave
West Hills, CA 91304
Thousands of tourists come to Southern California each year to enjoy our warm, dry climate. You would think that those of us lucky enough to live in this climate year round never have to worry about any of the potential problems, such as mold, which are caused by a humid or damp environment. Unfortunately, that is not the case, even in the San Fernando, Conejo, and Simi Valley areas.
Although these regions tend to be hotter and drier than the Los Angeles basin, moisture can still be found in homes and businesses, possibly due to leaks from plumbing fixtures, faucets, roofs, ceilings, windows, and weather stripping. Another common cause of excess moisture is poor ventilation, particularly in kitchens and bathrooms.
This excessive moisture can become an issue because moisture is the key factor in mold growth. Therefore, it is important that any excess moisture within a home or business be addressed quickly. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, mold spores may enter your home through the ventilation systems, doorways and windows and are distributed around the house. Mold spores can attach themselves to a surface and form a colony, if environmental conditions are right. Unventilated areas of a building with moisture and stale air are breeding grounds for mold.
Mold growth is not always visible. However, here are some indicators of mold growth you can watch out for:
- Visual mold growth, which can appear in a variety of colors, such as black, white, pink, orange and green. However, black mold – commonly known as Stachybotrys – often receives the bulk of the attention because of its toxicity. Mold is also found in different forms, such as small speckles across the surface of the infected item, or a furry look, or as discoloration on walls.
- Musty or moldy smell is detected in one or more areas of the property.
- Ongoing medical issues, for which a cause is not apparent, are encountered by the property’s residents.
- Unusual health effects are experienced when inside or near the property. These symptoms can include allergy or cold and flu-like symptoms, headache, runny or stuffy nose, coughing, chest pain, asthma, and others. More serious health issued such as immunosuppressive conditions including cancer, HIV, or even an organ transplant can be negatively impacted. Infants, children, and the elderly tend to be highly vulnerable to these problems because their immune systems are still developing or may be weakened.
- Although the property damage that can potentially occur due to mold is important, the health issues are the most crucial reasons for taking action once mold is suspected.
If you suspect that you may have mold in your home or business, or even if you have identified a condition that would support mold such as a leaking pipe, the best course of action is to contact a mold inspection company to have the suspected mold tested, as well as a damage assessment for removal. Some criteria to consider when selecting a company to perform this testing and removal would be:
- Is the company you enlist experienced in mold detection and removal?
- Is the remediation contractor knowledgeable and certified?
- Does the company provide workmanship guarantees and warranties, which are often a good indication of a reputable company?
- Is the service being offered at acceptable industry standards? These guidelines do vary across the industry. This is why you should select an organization that is certified or accredited through a standards setting organization, such as the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) or the Indoor Environmental Association (IEA). These groups insist on very specific directives for their members and require recurrent quality reviews.
Los Angeles Mold Services meets all of these criteria and provide the following:
- Visual analysis of your home or business.
- Moisture testing of the air and areas likely to harbor leaks.
- Air and/or surface sampling that will be sent to a laboratory for analysis to determine if a mold problem exists, including mold types and concentration.
- Evaluation of results, which will be discussed with you by certified microbiologist.
- Permanent mold decontamination and removal.
- Final mold spore test to ensure complete remediation.
Fungicidal protective coating application to prevent future mold and mildew growth.