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Midwest Flooding Causes Widespread Property Damage and Indoor Environmental Quality Concerns

EMSL Analytical provides testing services, sampling supplies and easy-to-use test kits to identify chemical and microbial hazards following flood damage.

Indianapolis, IN – WEBWIRE

In February, heavy rains in parts of the central and southern United States caused widespread flooding from Michigan and Indiana to Ohio and Kentucky. A number of rivers in these and other states overflowed their banks and inundated huge areas along such waterways as the Ohio River and Grand River.

Tragically, the floodwaters have been blamed for several deaths and damage to countless cars, homes and businesses. With the water now receding in most areas, property owners and tenants are faced with cleaning up the mess and filing insurance claims. It is also an important time for people to recognize that many buildings that were damaged by floodwaters likely now pose health concerns for any building occupants and especially those tasked with cleanup and repair duties. Standing water and wet materials are a breeding ground for microorganisms, including everything from viruses and bacteria to mold. Floodwaters often also contain chemical contaminants such as fuels, fertilizers and industrial chemicals.

“Many of these contaminants can become airborne and create indoor air quality issues and immediate health concerns, especially during clean up, demolition and repair activities,” said Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “Another health and safety issue is the presence of lead-based paints and asbestos-containing materials in homes and commercial buildings built up until the late 1970s when these materials were finally no longer commonly used.” 

To help flood victims, EMSL Analytical offers testing services for mold, bacteria, sewage contamination, chemicals, lead-based paints, asbestos and other environmental, health and safety concerns. They have laboratories located throughout the impacted region and across the country that provide testing, sampling supplies and test kits. EMSL has even sponsored an educational video about flood cleanup and indoor air quality (IAQ) issues that can be seen at:

For more information about water damage, mold, IAQ or other environmental, health and safety testing services, please visit, email  or call (800) 220-3675. To access or learn more about indoor environmental quality test kits, please visit

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.

EMSL Analytical, Inc. is one of the leading testing laboratories with 43 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, VOC’s, 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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