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You would not think that mold removal Los Angeles would be an issue, but most people have a sensitivity to mold; exposure to damp, moldy environments can cause a range of health issues. Warm, humid conditions encourage the growth of mold, and it is likely to become a problem with water damage, dampness, or high humidity. According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), an estimated 50 to 100 varieties of common indoor mold have the potential of causing health problems.

Even small amounts of mold can cause respiratory issues in children, adults, and pets. At Quality Environmental, Inc., we provide mold remediation in Los Angeles using state-of-the-art equipment to protect your property and the health of your family, co-workers, or building occupants.

What Health Issues Can Be Caused by Exposure to Mold?

Mold exposure can cause a range of health issues for people with sensitivities, including:

  • Throat irritation
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Nasal stuffiness
  • Eye irritation
  • Skin irritation

People with allergies to mold may have more severe reactions. Immune-compromised people or those with chronic lung disease may suffer serious infections in the lungs when exposed to mold.

Mold Remediation

California may be known for its relative lack of humidity, but that doesn’t prevent the formation of mold in California homes. These problems can also be caused by plumbing leaks, faulty construction or other issues that can lead to the accumulation of moisture in walls and floors.

Some forms of mold can cause significant health problems for your family, but even if you don’t have the worst kinds of mold in your home this is not a problem to ignore.

According to the California Health and Safety Code, a building with visible mold is a “substandard building,” i.e., a building that is considered to pose a risk to health and well-being of it those who live in it, as well as their visitors and their neighbors.

Sources of Moisture

Where there’s enough moisture, there’s a potential for mold. Common causes of sufficient moisture to promote mold growth include:

  • A leaky roof
  • Flooding of interior spaces
  • Sprinkler spray repeatedly hitting a building
  • Sink or sewer overflow
  • An indoor exhaust vent on a clothes dryer
  • Regular use of humidifier
  • Regular accumulations of shower or cooking steam
  • A crawl space or basement that is damp

Finding the Source

You may be able to see the mold in your home, or you may notice a smell that concerns you. If you suspect a mold problem, the first step you should take is to contact a contractor or consultant who is trained and certified in mold detection. Such certification is not required by the state, but it reflects the fact that this individual has the training necessary to do this job right.

These individuals will have the right equipment to conduct an accurate and safe assessment of your home. You won’t make the situation better if you dig into a wall or vent, strike a huge mold colony and release great volumes of spores into your home!

If Mold is Discovered

If the inspection determines that you do have a mold problem, the next step is to get a quote from a mold remediation specialist. Not every problem is an expensive one, but the only way to know is to get an estimate.

Make sure that the contractor has the specialized equipment that is needed to do a thorough job. At Quality Environmental, the specialized tools that we use include:

  • “Air scrubbers” to capture mold spores from the air in your home
  • HEPA vacuums to contain the spread of spores as the mold remediation is done
  • Specialized tools to measure moisture in floors and walls as well as ambient moisture
  • Thermal imaging cameras
  • High capacity dehumidifiers

Your Partner for Mold Remediation Project

The skilled technicians at Quality Environmental, Inc. understand what it takes to do a thorough job of mold remediation. The work they do is of such high quality that they have earned the trust of homeowners, government facility managers and hospitals throughout California.

Contact us to find out more about our decades of experience dealing with mold problems and the services we offer to make this problem go away for good.

Toxin-Producing Indoor Molds in California

The Environmental Health Investigations Branch (EHIB) of the California Department of Public Health published a paper concerning potential health effects of exposure to a toxic indoor mold known as Stachybotrys chartarum. This mold has been receiving increasing attention from the public and indoor air researchers.

According to EHIB, the first reported case of health effects from Stachybotrys exposure occurred when the mold had contaminated the ceilings and ventilation system of a family home. The family experienced recurring cold and flu-like symptoms, including headache, fatigue, sore throat, diarrhea, dermatitis, hair loss, and general malaise.

Workers who cleaned and removed the mold from the house also experienced respiratory symptoms and skin irritation. After the Stachybotrys chartarum was removed from the home, the family returned to occupy the house and reported no recurrence of clinical symptoms.

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What Is the Difference Between Mold Removal and Mold Remediation?

Microscopic mold spores exist nearly everywhere, indoors and out. For this reason, it would be impossible to remove all mold from a home or building. Mold remediation focuses on making a building or home safe from the presence of toxic mold.

What Is Involved in the Mold Remediation Process?

Our seasoned professionals provide comprehensive mold cleanup in Los Angeles. Steps in the mold remediation process include:

Inspection and damage assessment

We carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold growth, then use cutting-edge technology to detect hidden water sources and mold. However, we highly recommend to hire a mold certified consultant to inspect affected materials.

Containment

We use various containment methods to prevent the spread of mold. This may include physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep mold spores from spreading during cleanup. Fans, heating and cooling systems are turned offed during the cleanup process.

Air Filtration

Specialized air filtration equipment allows us to capture microscopic mold spores from the air. “Air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums help keep mold spores from spreading during the process of remediation.

Removal of mold and mold-contaminated materials

Our professionals use antimicrobial and antifungal treatments to destroy mold colonies and help prevent new ones from forming. It may be necessary to remove and dispose of contaminated porous materials, such as drywall and carpeting, to remediate heavy mold growth.

Cleaning

Our team can clean your furniture, curtains, clothing, and other items that have been affected by mold. We remove odors using fogging equipment and clean and sanitize your belongings using a variety of advanced cleaning techniques.

Restoration

Depending on the degree of mold damage, drywall and other building materials may need to be removed and replaced. Restoration may involve replacing drywall, installing carpet, painting, and other minor repairs; or it may involve more major repairs, such as reconstruction of certain areas of the building.

Quality Mold Remediation Services

Mold can cause significant damage to your property along with health issues for its occupants. If you have mold growing in a commercial building or residence, the sooner remediation occurs, the sooner you can stop the spread of mold spores and the development of new colonies causing damage to your drywall, carpets, and structures – and posing a serious health risk. At Quality Environmental, Inc., we provide some of the fastest, most efficient, and effective mold remediation Los Angeles has to offer.

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