Neither Rain nor Sleet nor Snow Can Stop the U.S. Mail, but Mold Did
EMSL Analytical provides mold testing solutions to ensure good indoor air quality (IAQ) in homes, apartments and commercial buildings.
This week it was reported that the U.S. Postal Service has stopped delivering mail to an apartment complex in Colorado Springs, Colorado because its mail room is contaminated with mold. Apartment residents are required to visit the post office to pick up their mail because the postal service believes it is a health hazard for their employees to fill the 100 or so mailboxes in the complex’s mailroom.
According to media reports the complex tried to paint over the mold with no success. Of course mold typically won’t grow in indoor environments unless there is a moisture problem and without that problem being fixed the mold will simply grow back. Also the mold cannot just be covered over, but rather should be properly remediated by professionals who understand how to fix mold problems and not cross contaminate other parts of the building.
Mold in indoor environments can cause a host of medical conditions. These range from allergies to infections. Fungal infections are typically caused by inhaling airborne fungal spores that make their way to a person’s respiratory tract. People with undeveloped or weakened immune systems are generally the most susceptible to infection. Allergies can also be caused by exposure to mold, not to mention it can be a trigger for asthma. Allergic symptoms may include watery eyes, congestion, itchy nose, sneezing, coughing and rashes.
EMSL Analytical, one of the nation’s largest mold, allergen and indoor air quality (IAQ) testing laboratories, has almost 30 years experience analyzing environmental samples for IAQ contaminants. “Unfortunately the example of the complex trying to paint over a mold problem happens all the time,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President for EMSL Analytical. “The source of the problem has to be fixed and then proper remediation can take place. Air sampling can identify the problem and also show that an area has been properly fixed when samples are taken at the end of the project,” Frasca continued.
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of quality environmental and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.
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