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Cleanup from California Floods Expose Asbestos Dangers


LA Testing provides environmental and air testing services to ensure remediation efforts across California do not cause additional indoor air quality (IAQ) problems.

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Last week historic rainfall and flooding caused havoc across much of California. Five days of storms pounded many communities and caused widespread damage to countless homes and businesses. The damage was so vast that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in six counties across California. The declaration authorized assistance from the state to local government officials in Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Tulare and Kern counties.

Now that the rain has stopped, property owners and tenants have begun the process of cleaning up ruined belongings and soaked building materials. The building occupants of these flooded properties not only have to deal with water damage issues and subsequent mold growth, but also environmental concerns since flood waters may contain sewage, bacteria and chemical contaminants.

As the remediation efforts begin across the state residents also need to be aware of asbestos dangers. Many water damaged materials in properties, such as flooring, insulation and wallboard, typically needs to be removed. “If not done properly this action may release asbestos fibers into the air,” reported Ben Sublasky, National Director of Client Services for LA Testing and EMSL Analytical. “Many older homes and buildings are filled with asbestos containing materials. It is important that these suspect materials be tested to determine if they do indeed contain asbestos so they can be properly handled and not expose people to deadly asbestos fibers.”

LA Testing, an affiliate of EMSL Analytical and a leading provider of environmental testing services, has extensive experience providing asbestos testing solutions to ensure workers and residents protected. Countless scientific studies have shown that breathing asbestos fibers can lead to an increased risk of lung cancer, mesothelioma and respiratory diseases. When materials that contain asbestos are disturbed, asbestos fibers can be released into the air.

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