Commercial Property Damage Claims Can Reveal Unexpected Indoor Environmental Exposure Risks
Clark Seif Clark provides environmental and indoor air quality testing services to prevent exposure to potential hazards following property damage.
Depending on the type of damage, age of the property and materials used for construction, they should consider possible exposure risks that could now be in the property or result from cleanup and repair activities.
Each year, billions of dollars are paid to settle insured property damage claims. While most people hope they never have to file a claim for damage to their home or business, statistics show that as recently as 2013, over 4% of insured homes had a claim and there were billions of dollars in commercial property losses.
Some of the most common commercial insurance claims revolve around water damage, fire damage, and wind and storm damage. While damage from any one of these common causes is often quite evident, these events can also create potential indoor environmental concerns that many property owners may not readily recognize. These could be due to the actual damage or result from cleanup and repair activities.
These may include:
- Leaking Gas Lines
- Carbon Monoxide
- Smoke and Soot Residues
- Mold, Bacteria and Viruses
- Chemical Contaminants
- Lead Dusts
“For anyone faced with damage to their commercial property, they should promptly notify their insurance provider and assess the situation for any potential hazards,” said Franco Seif, President of Clark Seif Clark (CSC). “Depending on the type of damage, age of the property and materials used for construction, they should consider possible exposure risks that could now be in the property or result from cleanup and repair activities. At CSC, our building science and indoor environmental quality professionals provide comprehensive site investigations to identify possible exposure risks due to everything from mold and bacteria to lead-based paints, PCB contaminated caulks, asbestos and smoke residues. These services not only help to protect future building occupants, but can also be instrumental for providing a clear scope of damages and repairs that might otherwise be overlooked.”
CSC recently sponsored an educational video about property damage claims and indoor environmental concerns that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/bAXyVtpfPaQ
To learn more about this or other indoor air quality, environmental, health and safety testing services, please visit www.csceng.com, email email@example.com or call (800) 807-1118.
About Clark Seif Clark
CSC was established in 1989 to help clients in both public and private sectors address environmental, IAQ, and health and safety (EH&S) 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 industrial clients, healthcare facilities, architects, schools, builders, contractors, developers and real estate professionals.
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