Baton Rouge, LA, August 19, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- The deadly storm system that wreaked havoc on Louisiana, where thousands of people had to be rescued, and thousands of homes and business were left without power. The flooding is not only leaving behind a soggy trail of damaged homes, buildings and roads but also a public health nightmare.
The receding flood waters are typically tainted with sewage and other toxins posing environmental health risks. Flood water is toxic and may contain a number of harmful microorganisms such as viruses, mycoplasma, bacteria, protozoa, molds and other detrimental remains of biological and a-biological pollutants. Many waste water treatment plants have reported wastewater spills due to flooding. Flooding has caused the release of partially treated, disinfected or untreated wastewater from water facilities.
Even when a building structure has recovered from water damage (major flooding, CAT 1 thru CAT 3), public health issues may still remain. Though everything may appear OK visually, the interstitial side of the buildings structure may be blooming with microbial and chemical propagules. Discoloration of the walls and other places are a primary indicator that microbial remediation is needed. If the discoloration is in multiple places, it is of even more concern as the interstitial sides could be greater than what is visibly seen. Usually these circumstances signify there are microbial propagules growing in the house or building as a result of the previous damage, and this could be hazardous to the health of individuals.
Possible environmental constituents to consider in a post flooding environmental assessment may include:
· E. coli
· Total Coli-forms
· Total Fungal
· Total Bacteria
A professional evaluation and laboratory analysis is often needed to better ascertain the extent of the potential damage and health risks that may be lurking in your home or building.
Two key options include evalu-aire a professional DIY kit available at www.indoorairtest.net to sample both the air and surfaces of the building or to hire a professional environmental consulting firm that will evaluate the ambient conditions of the structure, the HVAC system, interstitial wall cavities, the structure of the envelope and more to determine the cause of potential damage and provide a specific remedy for effective removal.
Environmental air, bulk, surface, and liquid samples may be collected from the flooded area for bacterial, mold and chemical analysis. The results are helpful in determining the microbial /chemical propagation as well as facilitate remedial action or justify decision making for remedial measures, if any.
In the first phase, an economical Do It Yourself (DIY) method is available to collect the samples for screening the microorganisms from the flooded environment. These samples can be tested by using culture or non-culture based methods. If you have elevated levels, consult with an indoor environmental professional.
President Barak Obama has signed an emergency disaster declaration for federal assistance in Louisiana due to the damage caused by severe weather, tornadoes and flooding. In light of the immense devastation in Louisiana there is some good news.
Pure Air Control Services is offering disaster recovery assistance through its federal General Services Administration (GSA) contract (#GS 10-F-0488R) to assist city, county, state and federal governments (including schools) by identifying baseline mold/IAQ conditions and providing specific, definitive remedial recommendations.
Alan Wozniak, President and CEO of Pure Air Control Services said, “Normally, our federal contracts are limited to federal agencies. However, since President Obama has declared areas of Texas and Oklahoma a disaster area, Pure Air’s federal contract can be used by other governments, such as state, county, local, municipality and schools, as federal aid is available to such entities.”
The General Services Administration has modified the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) for Pure Air Control Services GS-10F-0488R (SIN 899) to provide a contracting vehicle for state and local governments of federally declared disaster areas with the procurement of emergency indoor environmental services that would include but not limited to: building assessments, mold remediation, restoration services, dehumidification, and HVAC system cleaning.
You can contact the Building Scientists at Pure Air Control Services for a professional evaluation of your building or home at 1-800-422-7873 ext 802 or for the DIY evalu-aire testing kit contact JoAnn Phifer at 1-800-422-7873 ext 404.