Garden Grove, CA, February 23rd, 2015
Last month, The Press Democrat reported that city code enforcement officers from Santa Rosa, California ordered all residents of an apartment complex to vacate the property. According to the article, this all occurred after high levels of mold were found in the air. In addition to the mold problems, there were also reports of leaking roofs, plumbing and windows; unsafe conditions; rat infestations; and problems with the heating system.
All of these conditions can lead to problems with indoor air quality. If the plumbing and the exterior of the building has leaks, mold can begin to grow in under 48 hours. Elevated humidity levels can also allow dust mites to flourish. The presence of any of these can lead to allergies and trigger asthma in some people. In addition, mold can cause hypersensitivity pneumonitis, expose people to mycotoxins and cause infections in people with a weakened immune system.
“Tenants deserve to live in apartments that are free of elevated levels of mold and other allergens and asthma triggers,” said Jason Dobranic, Ph.D., Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences at LA Testing and EMSL Analytical, Inc. “At LA Testing, we provide a complete array of sampling supplies and testing services to identify elevated levels of mold, allergens, asthma triggers and other indoor air quality pollutants. These services are available to tenants, property managers and others to quickly determine if there is a problem. Testing is also essential after repairs and cleanup has taken place to ensure the problem has been properly resolved.”
LA Testing has also sponsored an online video about health issues that can be caused by breathing mold that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/61eTg1WfJHo.
To learn more about testing for mold or other IAQ issues, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794.
About LA Testing
LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for food testing and indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Garden Grove, San Leandro and San Diego.