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Homeowner Insurance Claims and Potential Indoor Environmental Quality Concerns

EMSL Analytical provides testing services, sampling supplies and easy-to-use test kits to identify indoor environmental quality exposure risks.

Cinnaminson, NJ – WEBWIRE

In 2016, The Travelers Companies, Inc. published data about the most common and expensive homeowners insurance claims in the United States. The figures were based on insurance claims with the company from 2009 through 2015.
Weather-related incidents were associated with over half of all claims. Wind, freezing and bursting pipes, roof and flashing leaks and ice dams were all specifically listed by the insurance provider. The five most common causes of insurance claims included:

  • Exterior wind damage – 25% of all losses
  • Non-weather related water damage (e.g., plumbing or appliance issues) – 19%
  • Hail – 15%
  • Weather related water damage (e.g., rain, melting ice, snow) – 11%
  • Theft – 6%

“Fires reportedly resulted in the most expensive claims, followed by hail, wind, and plumbing or appliance leaks,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “While damage or loss from any one of these causes is often quite evident, these events can also create potential indoor environmental hazards that property owners may not readily recognize.  Water damage can result in mold growth and sewage contamination could introduce mold, bacteria, viruses and chemical contaminants into a property. Fires can cause smoke and soot residue issues that can result in odors and respiratory concerns. Cleanup, demolition and repair activities could also disturb and aerosolize mold, asbestos-containing materials and lead-based paints if they are not properly handled.”
For those faced with property damage, indoor environmental quality (IEQ) assessments and testing can help to determine the extent of possible property damages and any exposure hazards that may be present. EMSL Analytical Inc. offers testing services for odors, soot, smoke damage, mold, bacteria, sewage, asbestos, lead and a wide range of other substances associated with property damage claims. Testing can not only help to determine the scope of damages, it can also help to ensure damages are properly repaired and remediated.
EMSL recently sponsored an educational video about the most common property damage claims and associated indoor environmental concerns that can be seen at:
To learn more about property damage, indoor environmental and air quality testing services, please visit, call (800)220-3675 or email . For access to indoor environmental quality test kits, visit
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories with 40 locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP 797, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOCs, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA LAP, LLC. (AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.

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