Mold Testing After California Floods

Flood Mold Testing

If your San Jose area home or business experienced flooding this past rainy season, consider making an appointment for professional mold testing by Benchmark Environmental Engineering. We can help you uncover hidden contamination and property damage so you can make needed repairs and have peace of mind.

Dangers Of This Hidden Nuisance

Even if you do your best to clean up and dry out flooded areas, hidden mold grows rapidly. It can take just a day or two for spores to take hold after a flood, and the results can be devastating, both in terms of structural damage and health risks.

When It Rains, It Pours

Central California, like so many other parts of the country, experiences a lot of seasonal variation in rainfall, especially between early October to mid-May. Although the average annual precipitation in the San Jose area is only 17 inches, sometimes prolonged rainfall does result in an especially severe flood season.

In 2017, the Coyote Creek flood caused the temporary evacuation of over 14,000 people and resulted in vast amounts of property damage, including post-flood mold damage.

My Cold Won’t Go Away – Could It Be A Mold Allergy?

After a flood, mold can grow in many places, including carpet, wood floors, wallpaper, drywall, and even your HVAC system. This is why a professional inspection by a certified environmental consulting firm after any type of flood is vital.

Mold growing in your home or office can cause symptoms that mimic those of colds and other allergies, such as:

  • Runny Nose
  • Sore Throat
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Watery Eyes

More Serious Effects Of Mold Exposure

Long-term exposure, especially to black mold spores, can cause an illness known as mycotoxicosis, also known as mold poisoning. Symptoms of mycotoxicosis can include one or more of the following:

  • Mood Changes
  • Loss Of Memory
  • Asthma
  • Aches & Pains
  • Headaches
  • Nosebleeds
  • Infections

Leave Testing To The Professionals

Not all contamination is visible, and not all fungi are the same. Our environmental consulting firm performs professional testing services in the San Jose area. We will take surface and air samples to determine the types of mold present. We can also use infrared technology for thorough water intrusion investigations.

San Jose, CA Mold Inspection & Testing

Don’t let toxic black mold take over your home or office after a California flood. Call Benchmark Environmental Engineering for a mold inspection today. We can work with your insurance company and remediation contractor to minimize your losses and ensure your family or staff’s safety and well-being.