Garden Grove, CA, January 8th, 2016
The first significant series of El Niño storms have brought a deluge of rain to large portions of California. Some media reports have indicated that up to five inches of rain fell in some areas in a single day in Southern California during a week of passing storm systems.
All the rain has saturated the ground and caused mudslides and flooding in some areas. Thick snow has also blanketed many mountain communities in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, causing concerns for property owners about the condition of their roofs and ice dams.
“While all this precipitation is a welcome sign for our draught ridden state, this much rain all at once has caused significant property damage and more heavy rain showers are already being forecast for much of the rest of January,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility. “Property owners, tenants and property managers should react to any flooding or water damage due to leaking roofs in a timely manner. Most wet building materials, furnishing and personal belongings that are not thoroughly dried with 48 hours can support the growth of mold causing potential health concerns and often significantly more expensive repairs.”
Inhalation exposure to mold is a known allergen, respiratory irritant, asthma trigger and some types of mold can even cause infections in people with a weakened immune system. Mold is not the only concern in storm damaged properties. Homes and businesses that have been flooded could have issues due to bacteria and other pathogens. Properties built up until the late 1970s could also have lead-based paints and asbestos-containing materials. If these materials are disturbed during cleanup, demolition or repair activities they could pose a risk to building occupants.
Helping California residents identify this indoor contaminants and hazards is LA Testing. They have multiple laboratories across the state that offer testing services for mold, bacteria, lead, asbestos and other substances associated with water damage and flooded properties. LA Testing also provides sampling supplies, monitoring equipment and even home test kits.
To learn more about water damage and indoor air quality testing or other environmental, occupational, health and safety issues, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794. For access to consumer-friendly indoor environmental 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.