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 Lancaster MOLD TESTING & MOLD INSPECTIONS
AMI provides two services;  Mold Inspections and  Mold Testing in Lancaster, California.

Most often, the questions that are raised in a mold inspection are answered by mold testing, and visa-versa. Therefore, the best way to accurately assess an indoor mold situation is by combining a visual mold inspection with mold samples of any suspect areas.

This section of our web site will explain the differences, purposes and costs of each service. If your questions are not answered here, please feel free to call us at  1-800-369-8532

WHAT IS A MOLD INSPECTION?   
A mold inspection is a visual inspection of a property (inside and out) for mold and conditions that cause mold. A mold inspection includes moisture readings of construction materials, including exterior walls, interior walls, floors, cabinets, shower enclosures and concrete slabs. AMI uses state-of-the-art, industry specific electronic equipment to detect excessive moisture in construction materials, which is the primary cause indoor mold problems.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A MOLD INSPECTION?   
The purpose of a mold inspection is to locate mold infestations, determine the cause and provide useful information to help facilitate an effective remediation (removal) plan. 

WHAT ELSE WILL A MOLD INSPECTION DO?

  • A Mold Inspection can reveal hidden mold conditions.
    Sometimes mold is obvious and other times it's not. The absence of visible mold is not necessarily confirmation that there is no a mold problem. A mold inspection can assist in identifying hidden mold problems that may go unnoticed by an untrained eye.
    [For an example of how a mold inspection can reveal hidden mold click here.]
     
  • A Mold Inspection can catch small mold problems before they become big mold problems.
    There are usually many warning signs of a mold problem "in-the-making". If you know about them soon enough you can often prevent a minor problem from becoming a major problem.
    [For more information on catching mold problems early click here.]
     
  • A Mold Inspection can assist in finding out what caused your mold problem.
    Equally as important as identifying mold problems is discovering how they started. Unless you correct the cause, remediation efforts are futile because the mold will come back within six months to a year.

HOW MUCH DOES A MOLD INSPECTION COST?
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WHAT IS  MOLD TESTING?
Mold testing is the actual collecting of samples for laboratory analysis. There two types of samples; surface samples and air samples.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF MOLD TESTING?
The purpose of testing is to identify what types of molds are present on surfaces and in the air. Identification and quantification is useful data in determining proper remediation procedures as well as the seriousness of potential health risks.

WHAT IS A SURFACE SAMPLE?

Just like it sounds, a surface sample is a sample taken directly from a surface (approximately one square inch). Surface samples can be taken by tape lift imprints, cotton swabs receptacles, or bulk sampling (an actual piece of a surface). The preferred method of analysis at most laboratories today is direct microscopic examination (direct microscopy). Direct microscopy is generally more proficient than culturing mold samples for three reasons:

  1. Culturing mold samples is the process of growing mold in a Petri dish in a wide variety of different liquid agar solutions. The problem is that some agar solutions are conducive to some mold types but not others, which means multiple samples of the same area with different agars are required to accurately represent all molds present, making the cost of sampling prohibitive in many cases.
     
  2. Many molds do not compete well with others in the culturing process and are often choked out by stronger, more aggressive molds. Molds that thrive in a particular agar solution will stifle the growth of molds that don't grow well in that same solution. The result is an inaccurate representation.
     
  3. Culturing can take 7 to 10 days for results. So forget about quick turn-around times.

WHAT IS AN AIR SAMPLE?
An air sample is a representation of mold spores in the air based on the actual number of spores captured in a canister known as a spore trap. Biological air sampling is the best way to accurately determine if an elevated mold spore condition exists because it reveals not only what types of mold are in the air but how much of each type as well.

Please Note: An air test requires a minimum of two samples. The reason is because, at the time of this writing, there are no official State or Federal standards for how much mold is "normal". In the absence of standards, laboratories require an ambient sample of outdoor air to be submitted with your indoor air sample. The outdoor sample establishes a comparison baseline for your indoor air sample. A single outdoor mold sample is sufficient for multiple indoor samples.

Ideally, indoor spore counts should be the same or less that outdoor spore counts. When indoor spore counts exceed outdoor spore counts, or when certain types of mold are found indoors but not outdoors, something indoors is the cause. The grater the difference, the higher the potential health risk.

HOW MUCH DOES MOLD TESTING COST?
Please call for currents rates.


REAL ESTATE CLOSINGS:
AMI does mold inspections for real estate transactions. Please call for details.
 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT INSPECTIONS & TESTING:

Q: Do I have to have both the inspection and the testing or can I do one without the other?
A: Mold inspections and mold testing services can be purchased separately, however, one typically raises questions that can only be answered by the other. For example; if an air test indicates an elevated mold condition exists, something in the inspection will explain why. On the other hand, if mold is discovered in the inspection, sampling will determining the type(s) and severity.

Q: How long does it take?
A: Scheduling an appointment usually requires a day or two notice. The length of the investigation varies upon the size of the property. Lab results usually take 2 to 3 business days (24 hour service is available).

Q: Does AMI bill Escrow?
A: No. Services must be paid for at the time of the appointment or pre-paid with a credit card on our web site.

 

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