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Wildfires and Hurricanes Create Indoor Air Quality Nightmares for Homeowners and Insurance Companies


EMSL Analytical offers testing solutions for property owners from recent tropical storms and devastating fires.

Now that many of California’s wildfires have been brought under control, Mother Nature is bringing torrential rains from Tropical Storm Cristobal to coastal areas of North Carolina and Tropical Storm Dolly has just entered the Gulf of Mexico. Last month a five hundred year flood hit parts of the Midwest and an above normal hurricane season is predicted by scientists for the rest of the year.

The summer of 2008 has had enough dramatic events to make any property owner or property insurance company nervous. Damage from fires and smoke on the West Coast and damage from flooding and mold growth in the Midwest and East Coast will likely result in hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

EMSL Analytical and their network of laboratories located from coast to coast have been busy helping property owners and insurance companies test water damaged properties for mold, bacteria, sewage contamination and for carbon black contamination from wildfires.

“We have witnessed a dramatic increase in calls and laboratory samples from these areas that have been hit hard,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President at EMSL Analytical. “EMSL has increased available resources to our local testing facilities in the affected areas to handle the increased volume of samples to ensure those people who have had their properties damaged by the natural disasters can quickly begin rebuilding their homes and businesses,” Frasca continued.

EMSL has been offering testing services following natural and manmade disasters since its inception 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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