Molds photographed using a microscope.
Are your indoor mold levels higher than those outside?
Bye Bye Mold™
Bye Bye Mold™ evolved from Toxic
Litigation Consulting. For many years, Toxic Litigation Consulting has investigated
toxic cases nationwide for a celebrated law firm. In late 2001, calls started
coming in requesting mold assessments and testing. At the time, we simply told
the callers that we did not work on this type of case. However, call volume escalated
until it was obvious that mold testing would have to become part of our repertoire.
What followed was extensive training in the mold field. Soon after, Bye Bye
Mold™ -- a company of mold inspection professionals -- was incorporated as a
separate company from the Toxic Consulting firm to offer mold prevention advice from dedicated experts in mold detection.
In 2002 we handled hundreds of mold assessments of apartments, condominiums, homes and businesses, and we have been busy ever since. This tremendous field experience is what establishes, enhances and augments our expertise. Each job we handle is referred to as an investigation. Just as with our very big toxic cases, we handle even our smallest investigation with the same care and attention to detail.
Our visit starts with a visual inspection of every room; then we take moisture readings throughout. Many companies only
moisture test the areas where they collect samples; but we know that moisture readings can reveal hidden problems.
We check under sinks and in all areas where we know mold likes to be, including attics and crawl spaces.
We photographically record where each sample is collected and all suspect areas. Temperature and Humidity readings are logged throughout the property.
Our testing methods are constantly being updated to include the newest, most efficient technologies, including air testing with state of the art micro-pumps, the universally well-known Aero-Cell Cassette. and thermal imaging. We have a device that will even test within the wall cavity after a small intrusion is made in the wall.
We include direct samples where we bag a sample (drywall, carpeting, etc...)
and ship it to the laboratory for analysis.
Sometimes it is necessary to take a swab, tape or carpet sample using a vacuum with a
special lab-provided specimen cassette designed to trap mold
and dust. ALL samples are collected under Chain of Custody
and shipped by Fedex to Aerotech Laboratories in Phoenix,
Arizona. Our turn around time is 3 days from date we
collect the sample, unless we catch a weekend.
Our Los Angeles office handles all southern California
projects and neighboring northern California areas.
We offer a mold directory and mold experts, an on-site mold guide, mold health advice, our mold hotline. On this site, you can arrange mold inspections by one of our professional mold inspectors. Our mold investigator can help you with mold prevention or to help solve your mold problem. In our FAQ, you can ask you mold questions. Our Newsbyte area brings you links to the latest in mold news (mold newsbytes). ByeByeMold is the place to go for mold testing, information on mold training certification, or if you want to know more about the truth about stachybotrys, toxic mold or other mold areas of interest. ByeByeMold is USA mold inspection Service.
Why Test For Mold?
Mold and fungus are biological organisms that are present almost everywhere, but will tend to grow in moist environments. They may release spores, toxins, and particulate dust into the atmosphere. These materials can produce allergic symptoms in humans, and even illness. Typical symptoms include; runny nose, eye irritation, fatigue, and respiratory ailments such as cough, chest tightness, congestion, and aggravation of asthma symptoms. These symptoms may be produced by mold species such as Stachybotrys, Aspergillus, Penicillium, Fusarium, Trichoderma and Memnoniella.
Recent research at Lund University in Sweden reported that 67% of molds tested contained at least one mold toxin, far more than earlier estimated. Mycotoxins not only kill cells but also affect immune cells in a way that increases the risk of allergies. This study would suggest then that wherever this is visible mold, there is a significant likelihood that mold toxins are also present. These extremely small particles can enter the lungs more easily than the mold spores that are the general focus of study.
Keep in mind, however, the presence of mold or fungus does not necessarily mean that people in the area will exhibit immediate health effects. This depends on the release of fungal materials into the air, and the individual susceptibility of the persons exposed .
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