Huntington Beach, CA, February 23, 2017
Recently, KFSN-TV broadcasted a report about tenants at a long-term hotel in California who have complained to city leaders about water damage and widespread mold throughout the complex. Tenants interviewed for the story claimed the landlord hasn’t properly fixed leaks and that they are being forced to live in substandard and unhealthy conditions.
Mold can become a problem indoors when spores land, or are already present, on a wet or damp area, allowing them to grow indoors. As mold grows, it digests whatever materials are supporting its growth. Mold can cause cosmetic damage, such as stains, but unchecked mold growth can damage buildings and furnishings. It can rot wood and eventually even cause structural damage.
Mold multiplies by producing microscopic spores that are so small they easily float through the air, and at elevated levels, can be a respiratory concern. Allergic reactions to mold are common and can be immediate or delayed. Allergic responses include hay fever-like symptoms such as headache, sneezing, runny nose, red eyes and skin rash. Mold can even cause asthma attacks in people with the condition who are allergic to mold. In addition, exposure to mold can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs of individuals whether or not they are allergic to it.
“Whenever there is a water leak or flooding event, it’s critical that the water and moisture be removed as soon as it is safe to do so to prevent the growth of mold indoors,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “On many occasions, the moisture and mold growth can be out of sight, in wall cavities, crawl spaces and even attics. Even this mold can get into the air and create exposure concerns for building occupants.”
To help identify mold and other indoor air quality concerns, LA Testing has multiple laboratories across the state offering analytical services for mold, bacteria and other airborne contaminants. They also provide all of the sampling supplies necessary and easy-to-use test kits.
To learn more about mold 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 indoor environmental test kits, please visit www.EMSLTestKits.com
About LA Testing
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 Huntington Beach, San Diego, San Leandro and South Pasadena.