Huntington Beach, CA, June 18th, 2021
High school students in a Northern California town that was founded during the gold rush will have waited over two years before leaving portable classrooms and returning to their main school, according to a recent news broadcast station based in California. The reason behind the long wait was due to the extensive mold and asbestos removal, and rebuilding activities.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much for mold to begin to grow indoors when moisture is present and countless schools across the nation have had to deal with it. Faulty HVAC installations, water leaks, broken plumbing, flooding, and humidity issues can all result in the growth of mold. In fact, most wet or moist building materials, furnishings, and personal belongings will support the growth of mold in as short as 48 hours.
Mold is an exposure concern because as it multiplies, it produces microscopic spores that easily float through the air, creating indoor air quality (IAQ) issues. At elevated concentrations, these can be a respiratory concern. A common response is to have an allergic reaction which could be immediate or delayed. Allergic responses may include hay fever-like symptoms such as headache, sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash. For some asthmatics, mold exposure can trigger an asthma attack. Mold is also an irritant that can cause issues with the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of individuals whether they are allergic to it, or not.
“With proactive building maintenance, inspections, and by responding immediately to water, moisture, and humidity issues, mold growth will be less of a concern,” said Joseph Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at LA Testing. “At LA Testing, our laboratories in California offer environmental, material, and industrial hygiene testing services for mold, asbestos, lead and many other exposure risks found in schools and other buildings. We also provide sampling supplies, easy-to-use test kits, air monitoring instruments, building inspection tools, and even personal protective equipment.”
To learn more about this or other indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and industrial testing services, and products, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com, or call (800) 755-1794. For access to IEQ test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.
About LA Testing
LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for 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-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), CDC ELITE, 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, Huntington Beach, San Leandro, San Diego, and Ontario.