Your Mold Specialists

Serving Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles Counties Since 1996

What Is Mold?

In some ways, molds can be thought of as primitive plants that lack efficient root systems, and use spores (think microscopic, primitive seeds) to propagate/reproduce. Mold spores are ubiquitous to nearly all inhabitable environments, and can be found at low concentrations at virtually any location on earth.

Why Be Concerned About Mold?

Mold's purpose in this world is to decompose dead organic materials. If molds did not exist, the trees in a forest would be buried over time by their own leaves. The problem with mold growth, other than physically destroying construction materials in your home (such as lumber, flooring or drywall), is that when mold growth occurs indoors, mold spores can become concentrated, and may cause adverse health impacts. A variety of adverse health impacts to humans (such as allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory ailments) have been associated with exposure to mold growth.

How Does Mold Grow Indoors?

Due to their lack of efficient root structures, mold spores can only germinate and thrive when abundant moisture is present. Minor levels of mold growth that commonly occur indoors, in locations such as a shower, generally can be managed through routine house keeping and/or adequate ventilation.

Significant/unhealthful mold growth indoors typically occurs when construction materials are exposed to some form of a water leak. Leaks often are related to plumbing fixtures that have failed/leaked/backed up, or where a home's exterior roofs, windows or walls are not water tight. Often, these types of leaks are not readily observable.

How Can Mold Be Identified?

Molds are microscopic organisms, and generally can not be seen with the naked eye unless the effected materials have been exposed to long-term and/or recurring water leaks. Mold-impacted materials often exhibit a musty odor and/or visible discoloration. However, even when readily apparent wet conditions and suspect mold growth can be observed, some form of physical testing and laboratory analysis is required to confirm the presense of mold, and/or to identify the varieties that are present.

How Does CIS Test For Mold?

CIS's professional staff provides independent and objective mold-testing programs and data evaluation services. When suspect mold growth can be seen, physical samples are typically collected. When mold growth is suspected, yet not readily apparent, air sampling is completed. Air sampling programs provide CIS with the ability to compare indoor versus outdoor (background) conditions, and routinely are effective at detecting the presense of latent mold growth. Samples are analyzed at a third-party laboratory, using a technique known as polarized-light microscopy.

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