Customer Service

 Customer Survey

LABConnect™ - Online Results & More

Tutorial | Create Account | Login

Press Releases at EMSL

Category Press Releases
Publish Date 8/16/2016
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Beach Homes Require Additional Maintenance to Prevent IEQ Problems
Introduction EMSL Analytical, Inc. provides testing services, sampling supplies and kits to identify indoor environmental quality (IEQ) issues.

Cinnaminson, NJ, August 16th, 2016  

Owning a full-time or vacation home on the coast is a dream come true for many people. Oceanfront and nearby coastal homes can also provide lucrative rental income for property owners. However, these properties come with unique exposure risks and typically require additional preventive maintenance to protect the owner’s investment and even the indoor environmental quality (IEQ) of the home.

Many properties along the coast lie in flood zones and may be subject to strong storms or even hurricanes. These weather events can cause land erosion, tidal and storm surges, and flooding that may threaten a building. Extreme wind and rain can also be a concern and cause extensive property damage. Any moisture that penetrates a building’s envelop can lead to water damage, mold growth and even termite infestations. Water damage caused by flooding may contain raw sewage, microbial contaminants and even hazardous chemicals.

Beach homes also require additional preventive maintenance steps to minimize the corrosive effects of salt that can be carried onto a home or building by seaside wind, spray and mist. These salts coat exterior surfaces accelerating rust on metal objects and the corrosion of other materials.

To help maintain a beach property and prevent indoor environmental issues from occurring, monthly inspections and a comprehensive annual building checkup are recommended by many experts. The inspection may include: 

  • Checking the foundation for signs of erosion and the building’s exterior for corrosion, wind and sun damage, and water infiltration.
  • Inspecting the building’s HVAC system for dirt, debris and signs of corrosion.
  • Ensuring large trees remain pruned and that sheds and other objects in the yard are properly secured to prevent damage during high winds.
  • Inspecting the interior for signs of leaks, water damage, mold growth and termites.

“Property owners of homes that do sustain damage should also be aware of potential exposure risks due to lead-based paints and asbestos-containing materials,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “This is especially true during cleanup, demolition and repair activities that can easily aerosolize these substances.”

Those who do experience damage or have concerns about the indoor environmental quality of their property can turn to the experts at EMSL Analytical, Inc. EMSL offers testing, sampling supplies and test kits for water damage, mold, bacteria, lead, asbestos and other common IEQ concerns. They also recently sponsored a video about beach home maintenance and IEQ that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/84QlEuqDFDQ.

To learn more about this or other indoor environmental testing and property damage issues, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com. To view the complete line of indoor environmental test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com.

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.

EMSL Analytical, Inc. is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, indoor air quality, consumer product and materials testing services and products for professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies. 

Ann Arbor, MI (LAB 08) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-4Atlanta, GA (LAB 07) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-1Baton Rouge, LA (LAB 25) - NVLAP Lab Code 200375-0Beltsville, MD (LAB 19) - NVLAP Lab Code 200293-0Boston, MA (LAB 13) - NVLAP Lab Code 101147-0Buffalo, NY (LAB 14) - NVLAP Lab Code 200056-0Carle Place, NY (LAB 06) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-10Charlotte, NC (LAB 41) - NVLAP Lab Code 200841-0Chicago, IL (LAB 26) - NVLAP Lab Code 200399-0Cinnaminson, NJ (LAB List in Description) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-0Dallas, TX (LAB 11) - NVLAP Lab Code 600111-0Denver, CO (LAB 22) - NVLAP Lab Code 200828-0EMSL Canada - Calgary, AB (LAB 65) - NVLAP Lab Code 500100-0EMSL Canada - Edmonton, AB (LAB 50) - NVLAP Lab Code 600321-0EMSL Canada - Markham, ON (LAB 66) - NVLAP Lab Code 600317-0EMSL Canada - Montreal, QC (LAB 68) - NVLAP Lab Code 201052-0EMSL Canada - Ottawa, ON (LAB 67) - NVLAP Lab Code 201040-0EMSL Canada - Toronto, ON (LAB 55) - NVLAP Lab Code 200877-0EMSL Canada - Vancouver, BC (LAB 69) - NVLAP Lab Code 201068-0Fort Lauderdale, FL (LAB 56) - NVLAP Lab Code 500085-0Houston, TX (LAB 15) - NVLAP Lab Code 102106-0Huntington Beach, CA (LAB 33) - NVLAP Lab Code 101384-0Indianapolis, IN (LAB 16) - NVLAP Lab Code 200188-0Kernersville, NC (LAB 02) - NVLAP Lab Code 102104-0Las Vegas, NV (LAB 31) - NVLAP Lab Code 600140-0Long Island City, NY (LAB 03) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-9Miami, FL (LAB 17) - NVLAP Lab Code 200204-0Minneapolis, MN (LAB 35) - NVLAP Lab Code 200019-0Orlando, FL (LAB 34) - NVLAP Lab Code 101151-0Phoenix, AZ (LAB 12) - NVLAP Lab Code 200811-0Piscataway, NJ (LAB 05) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-2Plymouth Meeting, PA (LAB 18) - NVLAP Lab Code 200699-0Raleigh, NC (LAB 29) - NVLAP Lab Code 200671-0Rochester, NY (LAB 53) - NVLAP Lab Code 600183-0San Diego, CA (LAB 43) - NVLAP Lab Code 200855-0San Leandro, CA (LAB 09) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-3Santa Clara, CA (LAB 47) - NVLAP Lab Code 600318-0Seattle, WA (LAB 51) - NVLAP Lab Code 200613-0South Pasadena, CA (LAB 32) - NVLAP Lab Code 200232-0South Portland, ME (LAB 62) - NVLAP Lab Code 500094-0St. Louis, MO (LAB 39) - NVLAP Lab Code 200742-0Syracuse, NY (LAB 73) - NVLAP Lab Code 600283-0Tacoma, WA (LAB 74) - NVLAP Lab Code 600324-0Tampa, FL (LAB 93) - NVLAP Lab Code 600215-0Wallingford, CT (LAB 24) - NVLAP Lab Code 200700-0
Sorry, this function is disabled.