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Northwest Flood Victims Encounter Microbial & Chemical Contamination Concerns


LA Testing provides environmental and indoor air quality (IAQ) testing solutions for residential and commercial properties impacted by flood waters across the Pacific Northwest.

Pasadena, CA

Heavy rains and melting snow have caused chaos across much of the Pacific Northwest. Residents in parts of Oregon, Washington and Idaho have been inundated with torrential downpours, flooding rivers, washouts and even landslides. Reports indicate that as much as 6 to 10 inches of rain fell in a 24 hour period in the Sandy River drainage area.

People have been evacuated from homes and businesses in some areas due to flooding and in others in anticipation of rivers overflowing their banks. Tragically, flood waters have entered properties, ruined belongings and soaked building materials.

These flooded properties not only have to deal with water damage issues and subsequent mold growth, but also environmental concerns since the flood waters may contain sewage, bacteria and chemical contaminants.

LA Testing, an affiliate of EMSL Analytical, is one of the leading providers of environmental and IAQ testing services throughout the Pacific Northwest. “Mold growth is a major concern as it can begin growing in as short as 24 hours,” reported Ben Sublasky, National Director of Client Services for LA Testing and EMSL Analytical. “Indoor air quality and environmental problems can quickly develop making cleaning and rebuilding in the flooded regions that much more difficult and costly. LA Testing can help by providing testing equipment and analysis for mold, bacteria, mycotoxins, endotoxins, sewage contamination indicator organisms and all types of chemical contaminants. It is important that any properties with these pathogens or chemical contaminants be properly remediated. Otherwise future building occupants could be impacted by everything from allergies, infectious diseases to exposure to cancer causing chemicals,” Sublasky continued.

LA Testing has multiple locations across the West Coast that provides accurate and rapid environmental testing solutions. To learn more about testing following flooding events please visit, email or call (800)303-0047.

About LA Testing and EMSL Analytical, Inc.
LA Testing and EMSL Analytical are providers of environmental testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The companies have an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.


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