Huntington Beach, CA, June 17th
In May, KTVU broadcasted a report about a family of six who discovered high levels of mold in their rental property in Danville, California. According to the report, the family had been living in the home for 15 months as their children began to develop a myriad of health issues ranging from wheezing and coughing to nosebleeds.
The family had an inspector check the attic where mold was found growing on wood beams due to an apparent roof leak. Subsequent air tests found elevated levels of Penicillium and Aspergillus in the air. In fact, mold levels that were 20 times higher indoors were discovered as compared to outdoor samples.
The family, which had to leave all of their belongings when city inspectors yellow-tagged the property, are temporarily staying with other family members. They have been trying to get reimbursed for relocation expenses, furniture replacement and the return of their deposit from the property management company.
“While most people getting ready to rent a home may not immediately think of indoor air quality as something they need to investigate before signing a lease, this story should be a reminder that overlooking this critical component to a family’s health can have huge repercussions,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “Both potential tenants and landlords need to do their homework with regards to potential indoor and outdoor environmental concerns. These often include everything from water damage and mold to radon, lead-based paints and asbestos-containing materials.”
Across California, LA Testing helps to answer these important questions. Their laboratories offer testing services for mold, bacteria, lead, asbestos, radon, vapor intrusion and many other indoor and outdoor environmental concerns. In addition to analytical services, LA Testing also offers sampling supplies, field test equipment and easy-to-use test kits.
To learn more about mold and indoor air quality testing or other environmental, 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.
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LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for 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, CDC ELITE, 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.