Water Leaks and Mold in Los Angeles, specifically San Fernando, Santa Clarita and the Antelope Valley are becoming more commonplace.
Although there are many causes to water leaks, and mold growth, much of what occurs out of sight stems from aging pipes, tree roots, shifting of the property, and accidental breakage during reconstruction.
There are a limited number of companies that specialize in Leak Detection, Mold Remediation, Asbestos Abatement, and Lead Abatement so it is imperative that you test first and then hire the right company to perform the work.
As a family owned company Mailman Environmental understands how critical it is to properly identify sources of leaks. Some leaks can be detected through some basic tools our team carries on hand while others will require the need of a Leak Detection and/or Plumbing Contractor and may not be accessible at first.
Houston, We May Have a Problem…
Mailman Environmental typically is asked to perform a Mold Inspection when there is some idea that a problem exists; visible growth under the sink, musty odors, or signs of water damage. Sampling is still recommended to determine type and air quality but is usually remedied quickly through the proper techniques of a Remediation company.
The hidden danger of water leaks exists when they don’t show themselves readily. At a recent inspection in Santa Clarita an odor was identified but no suspect growth was observed or elevated moisture detected indoors. It was only on the follow up visit that water was detected at the exterior of the house, indicating a leak existed somewhere within the foundation UNDER the house and would require copper repiping.
“Okay, so if the signs aren’t obvious than what are the signs?”
The Meter Doesn’t Lie, nor does your Bill
Turn off all water at the house (double check and make sure!) and then locate your water meter. The dial should be zero and if not may reflect a leak in the house as water is still flowing. You can also reference your bill to see if the VOLUME is significantly different.
Strange Smells and Odors
Be careful with this assumption as no two noses are created equal. That being said, our noses (especially those with known allergies) are often a good early indicator if something is floating through the air but cannot be located by sight.
Damaged Building Materials
Bubbly paint, “Swollen” baseboards, and any deterioration of walls, ceilings and floors are possibly caused by exposure to water.
The damage caused by a water leak goes far beyond the expense of reconstruction. Alternative housing, Material goods replacement, and the overall stress of going through the process can be overwhelming.
Take precautions to make sure your plumbing system doesn’t lead to a call to Mailman Environmental for Mold or Asbestos Testing with these simple steps!
- Plant Trees away from house, avoid large bushes with large root systems next to house
- Understand where your pipes (water, sewage, gas, electric) are located both on the interior and exterior of your property
- Have your system inspected and maintained regularly by a licensed plumber
- Replace deteriorating systems when needed and consider repiping if necessary
Do you have concerns about your own residence, school, or business? For more information, or to schedule a Mold Inspection, Lead-Based Paint Inspection, Radon or Asbestos Inspection in Santa Clarita, the Antelope Valley, Ventura County, or Greater Los Angeles area you can submit an online request, call us (661) 219-5160 or email request to email@example.com
About Mailman Environmental
Mailman Environmental is Southern California’s leading consultant for indoor air quality testing, asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash, and smoke damage, particulates, and other chemicals. Mailman Environmental and our contractors and vendors maintain an extensive list of certifications and accreditations from the State of California, Department of Public Health, and numerous professional organizations. Mailman Environmental proudly serves all of Southern California including Santa Clarita, Antelope Valley including Palmdale and Lancaster, Ventura County, San Fernando Valley, and the Greater Los Angeles area.