Major Moisture Problem


A pipe leak occurred in a large municipal facility in Los Angeles. This water leak was due to a faulty fire sprinkler which had burst and leaked for up to four hours. This leak spread over an area of approximately 15,000 square feet. The fire sprinkler lines were coated with asbestos-containing fireproofing, which had become impacted during the pipe leak. The asbestos contamination was a concern of the client as well as mold growth on the drywall and any other porous materials that could not be dried quickly.


A-Tech’s asbestos consultant and Certified Industrial Hygienist performed a moisture and mold assessment as well as a South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Procedure 5 assessment, which is designed for an unintentional impact of asbestos. During the Procedure 5 assessment, the extent of the asbestos fireproofing debris was documented. An inventory was also made of items that were deemed contaminated by asbestos and could not be properly disposed of due to their porous nature. Based on the information from this assessment, A-Tech would generate a SCAQMD Procedure 5 assessment report and a Procedure 5 work plan. The walls and carpeting was also checked for moisture. A-Tech was able to take this information and provide the client with a visual mold and moisture report with detailed recommendations for the removal of walls and carpeting that could not be adequately dried out in a timely manner.  Attention to details and an arsenal of experienced staff is part of what makes A-Tech the Authority in Environmental Consulting.