Microbial growth may result in greater numbers of spores, cell fragments, alergens, mycotoxins, endotoxins, β-glucans and volatile organic compounds in indoor air. The causative agents of adverse health effects have not been identified conclusively, but an excess level of any of these agents in the indoor environment is a potential health hazard.
Microbial interactions and moisture-related physical and chemical emissions from building materials may also play a role in dampness-related health effects.
In addition to air quality samples, surface samples and full lab reports our mold inspections include a visual examination of all accessible areas including the attic, garage and crawlspace. We also inspect ducting, heating and air conditioning systems.
The prevalence of indoor air quality varies widely from home to home. It is estimated to affect 10–50% of indoor environments North America. In certain settings, such as river valleys and coastal areas, the conditions of dampness are substantially more severe than the national averages for such conditions.
The amount of water on or in materials is the most important trigger of the growth of microorganisms:
including fungi, actinomycetes and other bacteria.
Microorganisms are ubiquitous. Microbes propagate
rapidly wherever water is available. The dust and
dirt normally present in most indoor spaces provide
sufficient nutrients to support extensive microbial
growth. While mold can grow on all materials,
selection of appropriate materials can prevent
dirt accumulation, moisture penetration and mold
Building standards and regulations with regard to comfort and health do not sufficiently emphasize requirements for preventing and controlling excess moisture and dampness.
We are the only Mold Inspection Service Provider in San Diego County that DOES NOT offer remediation or repair services. The frees us to give impartial and practical opinions about the threats and concerns you are faced upon the discovery of elevated mold levels. Our only concern is YOU, not bidding a job for repair.
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All of our inspectors have fulfilled certain educational requirements including those in the areas of indoor air quality testing.
Airborne mold, including spores, fragments and mycotoxins can pose a threat to ones health and safety. Indoor air quality issues may also include: Radon, Biologicals, Carbon Monoxide, Formaldehyde, Pesticides, Asbestos, Bacteria and Lead.