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Category Press Release
Publish Date 2/7/2024
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Powerful California Storms Cause Property Damage and Leave behind Health and Safety Issues
Introduction LA Testing offers indoor environmental quality testing services, sampling supplies, test kits, inspection tools and personal protective equipment to identify and mitigate exposure to microbial and chemical hazards.

Huntington Beach, CA, February 7, 2024

Millions of Californians were under a state of emergency this month as an atmospheric river dumped a record amount of rain and mountain snow in areas of the Golden State. Floods, mudslides and other life-threatening conditions were recorded across numerous counties.

In the storm’s aftermath, property owners, landlords, facility managers and tenants now have to deal with damaged homes, businesses and buildings. As the process of cleaning up these properties and filing insurance claims gets underway, residents are advised to be aware of the potential presence of microbial and chemical contaminants that may now be in their properties.

“Floodwaters often contain sewage and chemical pollutants,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “These same soaked properties can quickly turn into a breeding ground for mold as it will begin to grow almost anywhere in a building that remains wet or damp for even a relatively short time. Cleanup and repair activities can also disturb asbestos-containing materials and lead-based paints that could cause serious exposure risks.”

With multiple laboratories in California, LA Testing is available to provide laboratory services and sampling supplies to identify mold, bacteria, sewage, lead, asbestos, chemicals and other hazards. LA Testing also offers easy-to-use test kits, building inspection tools, air monitoring instruments and personal protective equipment to mitigate exposure risks.

To learn more about storm damage and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) testing resources, please visit, email or call (800) 755-1794. For access to IEQ test kits, visit

About LA Testing

LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for environmental and indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, bacteria, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, CDC ELITE, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Huntington Beach, San Leandro and San Diego.

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