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Category Press Release
Publish Date 1/3/2018
Author Paul Cochrane
Title California Renters Learn about Smoke and Water Damage Following Apartment Complex Fires
Introduction LA Testing provides analytical services, sampling supplies and easy-to-use test kits to identify smoke damage and residues following a structure fire.

South Pasadena, CA, January 3rd, 2017

Recently, The Davis Enterprise published a report about a structure fire that took place at an apartment complex in Davis, California. According to the article, a fire in one of the units caused damage, but firefighters and a fire sprinkler system were able to put out the flames without anyone getting hurt.

The fire caused significant damage in the apartment where it originated and two other units were damaged from the water used to put out the flames. Information about exactly how many other units were also impacted by smoke infiltration was not released.

Fires in apartment complexes and other multi-tenant buildings can cause a myriad of indoor environmental issues for neighbors not touched directly by flames. Water damage to surrounding units is a common occurrence. Water will work its way to the lowest level possible, often behind walls and other areas that are not visible. If water and moisture are not quickly removed, mold will begin to grow in less than 48 hours in most circumstances. This mold can quickly cause indoor air quality (IAQ) concerns for anyone living or working in the building.

“Damage due to smoke infiltration in nearby units is a very common problem following a fire,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager at LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “Smoke will leave behind unpleasant odors and residues which can cause corrosion, etching and discoloration within the property. These conditions typically get worse over time if not properly addressed.”

To help with insurance claims and remediation efforts, LA Testing offers analytical services and all of the sampling supplies necessary to collect samples to identify smoke residues along with soot, mold contamination, lead, asbestos and even odors. They also provide simple test kits to help identify these and many other indoor environmental quality issues. LA Testing has even sponsored an educational video about smoke damage that can be seen at:

To learn more about indoor environmental quality testing for smoke and water damage, mold, asbestos, lead or other indoor air quality and environmental issues, please visit, email or call (800) 755-1794. For access and more information about fire and smoke damage test kits, visit  

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.

EMSL Analytical, Inc. is one of the leading testing laboratories with 40 locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at for a complete listing of accreditations.  In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.

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