Pasadena, CA, July 6th, 2010
Last month a publication in Pasadena, California reported on a family that had been forced to move out of their home after one of the family members became extremely ill due to mold exposure. Mold had begun growing in the family bathroom and its spores were spreading throughout the home.
LA Testing, an affiliate of EMSL Analytical and a leading indoor air quality testing laboratory, has one of their renowned microbial testing laboratories located in Pasadena. The company has a long tradition of providing testing solutions to property owners and environmental professionals to help identify and prevent these types of situations from occurring.
Mold is a normal part of the outdoor environment, but is dangerous when found in high concentrations in indoor environments. Since many people spend as much as 90% of their time in indoor environments sometimes even a small amount of mold contamination can cause building occupants to become sensitized.
Elevated concentrations of mold in indoor environments can cause a host of medical conditions ranging from allergies to infections. Fungal infections are typically caused by inhaling airborne fungal spores. People with undeveloped or weakened immune systems are generally the most susceptible to these infections. Allergies can also be caused by exposure to mold. Symptoms may include watery eyes, congestion, itchy nose, sneezing, coughing and rashes. Mold is also a known trigger for asthma.
“If you suspect there may be a problem with mold, have your property inspected and tested,” reported Ben Sublasky, National Director of Client Services for LA Testing and EMSL Analytical. “It is not uncommon for mold to grow in areas, such as behind walls and under cabinets, that is not visible to the naked eye. A qualified IAQ investigator will know where to look and where to test for mold.”
To learn more about IAQ testing services please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 303-0047.
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