Garden Grove, CA, October 20th, 2015
Many California residents enjoy the fall season’s cooler temperatures that make for an ideal time to enjoy outdoor activities. Fall is also a great time to check the condition of a home or business and perform some preventive maintenance tasks to help ensure that it is in good condition to provide a safe, healthy and comfortable indoor environment.
Preparing a residential or commercial property for the fall and the upcoming winter now could also help prevent costly repairs and increase the building’s energy efficiency. Equally important, some of these tasks may help to prevent indoor environmental issues associated with mold and moisture, particulates, carbon monoxide and other health and safety concerns.
Recommendations for preparing a property for the fall season include the following:
- Remove leaves and obstructions from gutters and downspouts to prevent ice dams and ensure that water is draining away from the building.
- Check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide sensors and change out the batteries.
- Change HVAC filters and consider having the furnace checked by a qualified professional. Also inspect the air ducts for any buildup of dust and debris.
- Properties with chimneys should have them inspected each year and cleaned if necessary.
- Check the siding for any damage or areas that moisture could enter.
- Inspect the roof and be sure any skylights are properly sealed.
- Check windows for drafts and be sure they are properly sealed, replace any worn weather stripping.
- Add insulation to exposed pipes.
- In places with freezing weather, don’t forget to shut off and drain any exterior sprinkler systems when the time is right. Also check outdoor faucets for any leaks.
- Trim trees that could cause damage to the property due to broken limbs.
- Clean and cover outdoor air conditioning components.
- When cold weather arrives and the property is sealed, consider having it checked for the presence of radon.
“Being proactive now can help to ensure a healthy indoor environment,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility, California’s leading air testing laboratory. “For anyone who suspects they may have indoor environmental issues in their home, school or place of business, LA Testing offers analytical services, sampling supplies and easy-to-use test kits. These services identify allergens, irritants, particulates, microbial pathogens, chemicals, radon, lead, asbestos and a wide range of other indoor pollutants.”
LA Testing has also sponsored a video with fall maintenance tips for a healthy home that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/aqkOFWnosC8.
To learn more about indoor environmental testing services or other occupational, health and safety testing services, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794. To view the complete line of consumer test kits please 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 substances. 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, 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, Sierra Madre, Garden Grove, San Leandro and San Diego.