Pasadena, CA, April 25th, 2011
Earlier this month KFSN-TV of Fresno, California reported on a condo complex that is facing foreclosure in Northwest Fresno. The news station has uncovered additional problem plaguing the property, mold contamination.
According to the news report, “Several residents have reported illnesses and breathing problems after noticing something black growing in their units. They thought it might be toxic black mold, but test results in one apartment show a different problem -- a black fungus that's also potentially toxic.”
When maintenance is postponed or ignored in properties that face a financial crisis, such as a foreclosure, it can result in mold growth. Any excessive moisture or standing water can quickly begin causing cosmetic and structural concerns. These could turn into future health problems for the building’s occupants. Within as short as 24 to 48 hours, mold can begin to take hold in these properties. This further complicates the future sale of these homes as flooding events and mold growth during a property sale needs to be disclosed in most parts of the country.
LA Testing, an affiliate of EMSL Analytical and a leading indoor air quality testing laboratory, provides analytical services and testing supplies to help identify microbial contamination due to mold, bacteria and other sources. “Not only can elevated levels of mold make people sick and trigger asthma attacks, but their presence in a property can make it very difficult to sell,” reported Ben Sublasky, National Director of Client Services for LA Testing and EMSL Analytical. “Simple testing procedures can quickly determine if there is mold or other IAQ problems. If problems are identified then proper remediation can take care of the issue. Post remediation testing will show if the problem has been truly resolved,” he continued.
To learn more about mold or other IAQ testing services please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 303-0047.
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