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Extensive Flooding Creates Health Concerns across the Southeast

Pensacola, FL – WEBWIRE
© Copyright 2014 EMSL Analytical, Inc.
© Copyright 2014 EMSL Analytical, Inc.

This week, torrential rains have inundated parts of Alabama and Florida.  Some areas have received almost 20 inches of rain according to the National Weather Service.  Flood conditions have closed parts of Interstate 10 and water has damaged many homes and businesses.
The level of water damage to homes and buildings varies, but property owners are being told by indoor environmental quality experts to be aware of any signs of water damage.  This commonly occurs on exterior walls, ceilings, attics, crawl spaces and around windows, doors and chimneys. 
Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc., one of North America’s largest indoor environmental quality testing laboratories, provided the following advice:  “Although the shock that follows having your property damaged by flood waters or leaks to a building’s envelop can be a real challenge, people need to be aware of both microbial and chemical contamination hazards that may be present.  Flood waters can contain all types of chemicals and microorganisms that can pose a health threat to building occupants.  Even rain water that enters a building is a concern as many types of mold can begin to grow in as short as 24 to 48 hours on wet materials.”
For those faced with severe damage, another concern during cleanup or demolition activities is the presence of lead-based paints and asbestos in many older properties.  Even the presence of high humidity indoors can create an environment that is conducive for dust mites, which are a common allergen and can act as an asthma trigger for sensitive individuals.
People with indoor environmental concerns with mold, bacteria, chemicals, lead, asbestos, dust mites and other contaminants can turn to EMSL for analytical services as well as testing supplies and equipment.  EMSL has multiple laboratories and service centers located across Florida, including one in rain soaked Pensacola.

EMSL also recently sponsored an educational video about flood cleanup and indoor air quality (IAQ) issues that can be seen at:
To learn more about indoor environmental testing services following a flood, please visit, call (800) 220-3675 or email .
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider of environmental, food, pharmaceutical, 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 regulatory agencies.

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