City and County in Colorado Help Fund Mold Investigation at Housing Complex
LA Testing offers indoor air quality (IAQ) testing solutions to help municipalities and property owners identify microbial contaminants to help prevent them from causing health problems.
Recently the City of Aspen and Pitkin County, Colorado decided to help fund a forensic engineering study of ownership units at the Centennial affordable housing complex. Of the over 200 units, 92 of them are managed by a home owners association (HOA). The HOA approached the city and county this spring looking for assistance since they each have a small ownership in the affordable housing complex.
A mold problem was first discovered when a leaking pipe lead to a plumber opening a wall and discovering mold growing on the siding. The complex, built in 1984, appears to be suffering from siding failure that has lead to moisture infiltration problems and mold growth. The local county and city governments have agreed to contribute money towards an investigation to determine the extent of the damage and develop solutions to fix the problem.
LA Testing, an affiliate of EMSL Analytical and a leading indoor air quality testing laboratory, has been providing IAQ solutions throughout the Western United States to help determine what types of microbial contaminates are present in these types of situations. “Since mold and bacteria growth in indoor environments can cause a host of medical conditions, it is imperative to understand what is causing the microbial issue in the first place,” reported Ben Sublasky, National Director of Client Services for LA Testing and EMSL Analytical. “Once the cause is identified and the extent of the microbial contamination is determined, then proper remediation can take place to make the properties inhabitable and prevent the problem from reoccurring.”
Allergies are commonly caused by exposure to mold, not to mention they can be a trigger for asthma. Fungal infections are also possible and result from inhaling airborne fungal spores that make their way to a person’s respiratory tract.
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