Denver, CO, July 20th
Less than a month into the summer season and wildfires have already had a devastating impact on residents in Colorado and the surrounding states. Numerous wildfires have scarred hundreds of thousands of acres of wilderness and damaged or destroyed countless homes and businesses in the region.
While some homes and buildings have tragically been completely lost to the flames, many more have been impacted by the tremendous amount of smoke that these wildfires generate. This smoke can drift vast distances, impacting properties many miles away from the actual fire.
Smoke infiltration is an issue because it is filled with combustion by-products that include soot, ash, char, and other substances that can cause damaging effects to a property. Odors, discoloration, and "ghosting" effects result when these combustion byproducts make their way into a structure and eventually settle onto surfaces. Their presence can even cause etching and corrosion over time.
“In recent years, wildfire season has grown longer, and the multi-year drought has had a dramatic impact on the number and severity of wildfires in the Southwest and West Coast,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “More homes and buildings are being impacted by smoke damage that can lower property values, damage indoor surfaces and electronics, cause unpleasant odors, and can even create health concerns for building occupants, especially those with existing respiratory issues. The scientists at EMSL, with one of their facilities located in Denver, are experts at smoke damage testing. EMSL’s laboratory services and sampling supplies are available to assist property owners, tenants, environmental professionals, insurance companies, and adjusters following a wildfire. EMSL even carries an easy-to-use Fire & Smoke Damage Test Kit.”
To learn more about smoke damage testing services, please visit www.SootTesting.com
, call (303) 740-5700, or email denverlab@EMSL.com
. To access Fire & Smoke Damage Test Kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com
.About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories 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 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.