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Winter Storms Cause Water Damage, Mold and Other Exposure Concerns in Homes and Businesses across California

The industrial hygiene and indoor environmental quality professionals at Clark Seif Clark provide building assessments and testing services to identify and mitigate exposure risks to biological and chemical hazards.


Chatsworth, CA – WEBWIRE

Its important for anyone with a damaged home or business to recognize that any standing water and wet materials that were not quickly addressed likely became a breeding ground for microorganisms, such as mold and bacteria.

Current estimates of the total damage and economic costs from the recent series of winter storms that battered California in December and January are in the billions of dollars. The property and infrastructure damage was severe enough for the White House to approve a California request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration to support the emergency response and rebuilding efforts.

Along with the historic rainfall came flooding, storm surge, toppled trees, mudslides and power disruptions. In some areas, homes and businesses were heavily damaged and residents are now left with the long process of cleaning up and making repairs.

Its important for anyone with a damaged home or business to recognize that any standing water and wet materials that were not quickly addressed likely became a breeding ground for microorganisms, such as mold and bacteria, said Franco Seif, President of Clark Seif Clark (CSC). If floodwaters contained sewage, then infectious pathogens and chemical contaminants are a significant concern. Elevated humidity levels indoors can also cause mold growth throughout a property, even in areas that were not under water. Older properties may also contain asbestos-containing materials and lead-based paints that can be easily aerosolized during cleanup and repair activities if the proper safety precautions are not in place.

Helping property owners, building managers and tenants in California respond to storm damage are the industrial hygiene and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) experts at CSC. They provide building assessments and testing services to identify and mitigate exposure hazards to protect workers and building occupants. These services can also be instrumental in keeping companies in regulatory compliance with health and safety standards.

To learn more about this or other IEQ, industrial hygiene, health and safety services, please visit www.csceng.com, email csc@csceng.com or call (800) 807-1118.

About Clark Seif Clark
CSC was established in 1989 to help clients in both public and private sectors address indoor air quality, occupational, environmental, and health and safety (EH&S) issues. CSC is a leading provider of these services with multiple offices along the western seaboard and southwest. The company believes in science-based protocols and has a strong background in engineering, making them the preferred environmental consultants to industrial clients, healthcare facilities, architects, schools, builders, contractors, developers and real estate professionals.


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