Huntington Beach, CA, August 24th, 2017
This summer, The Press Democrat published a story about a current tenant and a former tenant, of a 55-and-over apartment complex that filed a lawsuit against the complex owner and property manager. The suit alleges mold contamination and insect infestations that caused asthma attacks and hospitalizations at the 100 unit property located in Santa Rosa, California.
The article describes leaking roofs along with wet floors and walls. This moisture can allow mold to begin to grow on many building materials and furnishings in as short as 24 to 48 hours. As it grows, and when it is disturbed, spores and mold fragments can be released into the air.
Prolonged inhalation exposure to mold can cause people to develop a sensitivity to its presence. Even low levels of mold can cause health issues for people who are particularly sensitive. In addition to allergies, exposure to mold can trigger asthma and cause hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP), a condition that resembles bacterial pneumonia. For those with a weakened immune system, exposure to some types of mold associated with water damaged buildings can even result in infections.
“In California, tenants have recourse when living in mold infested apartments due to a recent state law that regulates housing conditions,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager at LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “Mold problems are now reportable as substandard housing conditions. To help identify mold and other indoor air quality issues, LA Testing offers analytical services, sampling supplies and easy-to-use test kits. If test results indicate an issue, corrective actions can then be put in place to eliminate or mitigate exposure concerns.”
LA Testing has also sponsored a video about apartments, mold and indoor air quality (IAQ) that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/AFjuj-Asb5I.
To learn more about mold, IAQ 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, 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 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, 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, Huntington Beach, San Leandro and San Diego.