Some schools and businesses have been closed as record rainfall amounts have hit the state of Georgia. Up to 22 inches of rain fell in some parts of Atlanta since last week. The death toll has already reached seven with the latest victim being a young boy. The governor of Georgia has declared a state of emergency in 17 flood-stricken counties and with the ground already saturated almost the entire state of Georgia is under a flash flood watch.
As the flood waters eventually begin to recede some property owners who venture back into their homes and businesses will discover water damaged properties and ruined belongings. Fortunately many of the water damaged properties can be saved with proper and extensive water extraction and mold remediation and prevention techniques.
Damaged properties not only have to deal with water damage issues, but also environmental concerns ranging from mold growth, sewage contamination and chemical contaminants from the flood waters. To ensure a safe environment many of these flooded properties will need environmental testing to determine if mold, bacteria, viruses and chemical contaminants are now present in these properties.
EMSL Analytical has been preparing their laboratory facilities, including the facility located directly in Atlanta, to help area residents. “We have geared up our local laboratory and our other 30 plus regional testing facilities and service centers to be able to offer all of the microbial, sewage indicator and chemical tests that will be needed by victims of the flooding to ensure they have a safe environment to return to,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President at EMSL Analytical.
EMSL has been offering testing services following natural and manmade disasters since its inception in 1981.
For more information on testing services and products provided by EMSL please call (800) 220-3675, visit www.emsl.com
About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a leading, national provider of environmental and materials testing services and products to professionals and the general public. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies.