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IEQ Testing Laboratory

Category Press Release
Publish Date 1/11/2019
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Indoor Environmental Quality Issues Can Appear Long After Hailstorm Damage
Introduction EMSL Analytical provides testing services, sampling supplies, inspection tools and test kits to identify indoor environmental hazards associated with property damage.

Wallingford, CT,  January 11th , 2019

WFSB recently broadcasted a report about a severe hailstorm that hit Granby, Connecticut last summer. The news station interviewed property owners that had significant damage to their homes that ranged from roof and siding issues to problems involving skylights and garage doors. Some of the residents were still waiting for repairs to be completed months after the storm due to a slow response from their insurance provider.

As time goes on, and repeated rainstorms have hit the area, new property damage issues caused by water infiltration through damaged roofs, siding and windows have now become a new concern. The presence of indoor water damage for more than 48 hours, without being properly and quickly dried, can often lead to concerns over the growth of mold. Exposure to elevated levels of mold can cause allergies, act as a respiratory irritant and trigger asthma in some people with the condition.

If mold isn’t bad enough, when repairs are made to many residential and commercial properties there is a good chance asbestos-containing materials and lead-based paints could be disturbed and cause health and safety concerns. The use of asbestos-containing products and materials was common until not that long ago. These materials can become friable over time and if disturbed during cleanup, demolition or repair activities, could become a hazard. This is also true for dust from lead-based paints which could also become airborne when disturbed.

“Once it is safe to do so after a significant hailstorm, property owners should check for signs of damage around the exterior of their home or business,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “It’s a good idea to inspect roofs, skylights, siding, windows and doors. Anywhere that will allow water to enter a home or building should be repaired as soon as possible to prevent additional damage from mold and moisture problems.”

Those who suspect they may have indoor environmental issues due to a hailstorm or other types of property damage can turn to EMSL Analytical, Inc. EMSL provides analytical services, sampling supplies, easy-to-use test kits and property inspection tools. Testing services include mold, lead, asbestos and for a wide range of other potential hazards. EMSL has even sponsored an educational video about hailstorms, property damage and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/oxUp5CSUZ4s.

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


About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories with over 46 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 EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com 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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