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Mystery Odors Cause Everything from Health Concerns to Lower Property Values


LA Testing provides odor identification services to help identify and resolve mystery odor complaints.

Garden Grove, CA

A recent article in the Castro Valley Forum discussed the impact that odors can have on the resale value of properties in California and across the nation. The article was written by a California Realtor who brought to light the fact that odors in homes, or other types of properties, can have a real affect on a property’s value.

Common problematic odors in residential properties may include everything from smells from cigarette smoke, cooking odors and cleaning supplies to pet odors. Other sources of unpleasant odors may be coming from mold, bacteria, sewer gases or off-gassing from building materials and household products (VOCs for example). In some circumstances these odors may be causing short or long term health concerns for the building’s occupants.

In the work environment, employee complaints are often the initial cause of odor investigations. These odors may be causing health concerns or lost productivity for the workers. If not properly handled by management these same odor concerns can sometimes turn into formal worker complaints and even lawsuits.

Often when the source of mysterious odors cannot be identified, indoor air quality (IAQ) testing may be necessary. LA Testing, an affiliate of EMSL Analytical and a leading provider of IAQ analytical services, has extensive experience identifying mystery odors. “There can be literally hundreds of possible sources of odors in a typical structure,” reported Ben Sublasky, National Director of Client Services for LA Testing and EMSL Analytical. “Sometimes the source of problematic odors is easy to identify, but other times it can be a real mystery. Utilizing cutting edge sampling methods, the scientists at LA Testing can help identify the source of mysterious odors and whether they are coming from microbial or chemical sources.”

To learn more about odor investigations, mold or other environmental testing services please visit, email or call (800) 755-1794.

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