Record Rainfall in California May Result in Indoor Air Quality Problems
The indoor air quality (IAQ) professionals at Clark Seif Clark (CSC) provide moisture inspections and testing services for mold, bacteria and other contaminants following five days of record storms.
Parts of Los Angeles have recorded almost 22 inches of rain, and an estimated 17 feet of snow has fallen in parts of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Roads have washed out, beaches are closed, properties are flooded and mud slides have caused havoc in many towns and cities. This week, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in six counties across the state. The declaration authorizes assistance from the state of California to local government officials in San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Tulare, Orange, Riverside and Kern counties.
Building occupants should be on alert for indoor air quality problems as they return to homes and businesses that suffered water damage.
Clark Seif Clark, a leading provider of environmental testing services, has extensive experience helping people after floods, like those affecting California, Nevada, Utah and parts of Arizona. “Property owners and tenants need to be aware of the potential health risks as they return to their impacted homes and businesses. Delays or inadequate flood response can result in mold growth, excessive structural damage and more.” reported Derrick A. Denis, V.P. Indoor Environmental Quality at CSC. “Rainwater is considered clean or free of chemical and biological threats, therefore drying is an option. However, to minimize environmental issues you must consider what the water contacted. For example, surface runoff may contact soil and bring with it contaminants that demands a more aggressive response such as demolition.”
Mr. Denis further stated, “Be careful not to trade one environmental issue for another. You may feel like a mold prevention hero by removing wet building materials only to find out you’re an environmental zero, because you erroneously disturbed regulated asbestos containing materials.”
About Clark Seif Clark (CSC)
CSC was established in 1989 to help clients in both the public and private sectors address environmental issues. CSC is a leading provider of these services with multiple offices along the western seaboard and southwest. The company believes in science-based protocols and has a strong background in engineering, making them the preferred environmental consultants to healthcare facilities, architects, schools, builders, contractors, developers and real estate professionals.
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