Huntington Beach, CA, April 23rd, 2020
With the return of spring, this is an ideal time for residents of California to assess the condition of their homes. Preparing a property now for the upcoming sweltering summer temperatures could also help to increase the building’s energy efficiency and prevent costly repairs.
Taking action could also help prevent indoor environmental quality (IEQ) issues associated with mold and moisture, indoor allergens and other health and safety concerns. Simple spring maintenance recommendations include the following:
- Check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide sensors and change out the batteries.
- Change filters in the HVAC system and consider having the air conditioner checked by a qualified professional. Also inspect the air ducts for the buildup of any dust and debris.
- Clean outdoor air conditioning components and clear vegetation from around the unit.
- Remove leaves and obstructions from gutters and downspouts and ensure water is draining away from the building. In parts of the state with freezing temperatures during winter, check for any damage from ice dams.
- Inspect the siding for any damage or areas where moisture could enter.
- Check for any damage to the chimney, vents and roof, and be sure there are no leaks around skylights.
- Check windows and doors for drafts and be sure they are properly sealed, replace any worn weather stripping.
- Consider having the clothes dryer vent professionally cleaned and inspect the washing machine water supply hoses.
- Draining some types of water heaters can help to remove sediment that may have built up.
- Inspect indoor and outdoor faucets and all plumbing for leaks.
“Inspecting a property and performing preventive maintenance tasks can help to ensure the home is in good condition to provide a safe, healthy and comfortable environment,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager at LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “If any moisture damage is found, it’s also important to check for mold growth. Even if the mold growth is in a wall cavity, attic or below a floor, it could still act as a respiratory irritant, allergen and even asthma trigger.”
Homeowners and tenants that suspect they may have IEQ issues due to mold, lead-based paint, asbestos, radon or other concerns can turn to LA Testing for answers. They provide laboratory testing services, sampling supplies, easy to use test kits, air monitoring instruments and building inspection tools. LA Testing has even sponsored an educational video with spring maintenance tips for a healthy home that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/-mEiNk1bRZI.
To learn more about this or other indoor environmental quality testing services, or for access to air monitoring instruments and inspection tools, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call (800) 755-1794. To obtain IEQ 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-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.