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Category Press Release
Publish Date 3/4/2024
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Cal OES Releases Mold Prevention and Safety Tips Following Devastating February Storms
Introduction LA Testing offers mold and other indoor environmental quality testing services, sampling supplies, test kits, inspection tools and personal protective equipment to identify and mitigate exposure risks after a natural disaster.

Huntington Beach, California, March 4, 2024

Californians in much of the state experienced historic rainfall amounts that lead to mudslides, flooding and widespread property damage last month. Some early estimates on the losses have been in the $10 billion range.

Following the storms, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) published tips and a video about mold prevention and safety during storm season. In it, the agency reminded residents that there are steps they can take to protect themselves and their families from post storm related hazards. 

Cal OES also provided the following advice regarding mold:

Mold growth can be visible, or it may be concealed underneath or behind water-damaged surfaces like behind furniture, along and behind baseboards, or inside walls, floors or ceilings. Mold can be hard to detect if you do not know where to look or what the signs are:  

  • Areas on floors, ceilings, walls or furniture that look stained or discolored. 
  • An earthy or musty smell 
  • Water stains on walls or ceilings 
  • Water damage, such as warped floors, peeling or bubbling paint. 

“Mold that is growing out of sight can still cause health concerns and costly property damage,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Huntington Beach facility. “This is one of the reasons why properly inspecting and testing a damaged property is so important. At LA Testing, our California facilities provide laboratory services, sampling supplies and easy-to-use test kits to identify mold and many other potential hazards. We also offer building inspection tools, air monitoring instruments and personal protective equipment to mitigate these exposure risks.”

To learn more about storm damage, mold and other 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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