Huntington Beach, CA, February 26th, 2020
Three new lawsuits were recently filed in a city in Southern California against a private military housing provider according to a recent article by the Stars and Stripes. Their report detailed multiple families that alleged that mold, moisture and other conditions in their homes lead to unhealthy living conditions that caused medical problems. The lawsuits included negligence and other complaints against the housing provider.
In a similar case last year, a Marine Corps family also located in Southern California was awarded $2 million in a lawsuit against a private military housing provider. That lawsuit also involved medical claims by the family associated with exposure to mold and excessive dampness in their rental property. A judge in December ruled the award was excessive and is being reviewed.
Mold is a known allergen, irritant and asthma trigger for many people. Some types of mold also produce toxic substances known as mycotoxins. There are also species of mold associated with water damaged buildings that can cause opportunistic infections in people with a weakened or suppressed immune system.
“The key to preventing mold growth indoors is to control humidity levels and quickly deal with any moisture that enters a property through faulty plumbing, building envelop leaks or floods,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “Otherwise mold can begin to grow in as short as 48 hours and a small issue can quickly turn into a major problem that could expose building occupants to unhealthy conditions and can be costly to fix.”
The scientists and environmental professionals at LA Testing work to help property owners, landlords and tenants identify water damage, mold and assist with a wide range of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) concerns. Their laboratories in California provide testing services, sampling supplies, easy-to-use test kits, building inspection tools and air monitoring instruments. Testing is instrumental for locating mold and other indoor air quality issues, especially if it is growing in areas that are out of sight. It is also crucial for assessing an indoor environment after cleanup and remediation of any mold and moisture to help ensure the problem has been fully addressed.
To learn more about mold and indoor air quality testing or other environmental, occupational, health and safety services, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794. For access to IEQ test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.
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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-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), 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, San Diego and Ontario.