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Tips to Prevent Mold Growth after Hurricane Isaac

EMSL Analytical provides advanced testing services to detect mold in environmental samples.


Hurricane Isaac is predicted to strike the Gulf Coast of the United States late Tuesday or early Wednesday as a Category 2 hurricane with wind speeds up to 110 mph and torrential rains. The severe weather has many property owners in the area concerned about protecting their homes from water damage.

There are many basic precautionary steps property owners and tenants can take to minimize the damage that flooding can cause in homes. If flooding does occur on a property, it is important to act fast because mold can begin to grow within 24-48 hours. By reacting quickly, home owners could prevent costly repairs and serious problems.

Residents should take the following preventative measures. To reduce electrocution risk, shut off all electrical services to areas that are at risk of flooding. Next, move valuable household items to higher levels on the property or high surfaces within the home for avoid damages.

If flooding does occur, quickly and safely remove as much water as possible. Since water is absorbed by myriad building materials, set up fans and blowers to assist with the dry-out process. Additionally, remove any wet flooring, such as carpet, and any other household items that cannot be safely cleaned. Lastly, use dehumidification equipment to remove moisture from the air.

EMSL has been offering testing services following natural and manmade disasters since its foundation in 1981. For more information on testing services and products provided by EMSL please call (800) 220-3675, visit or email .

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, food, 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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