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Melting Snow and Ice can Quickly Result in Mold Problems in Homes and other Properties


EMSL Analytical provides mold and indoor air quality (IAQ) testing solutions for residential, commercial and industrial properties that have been affected by record snowfall in many parts of the country.

Westmont, NJ

The El Nino weather pattern of the 2009-2010 winter season has brought record snowfall to parts of both coasts. A series of strong winter storms have been pounding many parts of the country making this season one to remember.

Even when the snowfall is over, for many, the problems are just beginning. Ice damming can be a huge problem. As the sun begins to melt the snow and ice the water has no place to go if the gutters are frozen solid or obstructed. The end result is water flowing over a property’s siding and getting into cracks or simply leaching through the roofing material. With all the snow and rain many roofers have been working overtime helping customers with leaking properties.

Unfortunately this moisture not only means water damage and staining, but also microbial growth. Mold thrives in warm moist environments and that is precisely what many homeowners may find on their walls and ceilings and in the wall cavities that they can’t see. The moisture can lead to mold growth in as short as 24 hours causing IAQ problems.

EMSL Analytical has been preparing their laboratory facilities across the country to help property owners and environmental professionals handle the growing volume of affected properties. “Mold growing in outdoor environments is part of our natural ecosystem,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President at EMSL Analytical. “The problem with mold growing in properties is that it can lead to a host of medical problems ranging from allergies and more severe reactions to triggering asthma attacks.”

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 quality environmental 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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