Indoor Air Quality Issues During Construction

Indoor Air Quality Issues During Construction

IEC performs onsite construction inspections to prevent indoor air quality (IAQ) and mold-related issues from arising during or after construction of new¬†buildings. Regularly scheduled inspections during the various phases of building construction specifically target and identify conditions that affect indoor air quality. Observation reports are provided to the construction manager and architect, so that recommended remedial actions may be implemented before the condition is obscured…

Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos Awareness

  What Is Asbestos?   Asbestos is a mineral fiber. It can be positively identified only with a special type of microscope. There are several types of asbestos fibers. In the past, asbestos was added to a variety of products to strengthen them and to provide heat insulation and fire resistance. Asbestos is the name given to a number of naturally occurring, fibrous silicate minerals…

EPA Raises Concerns for Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Insulation

EPA Raises Concerns for Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) Insulation

Spray-polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation, growing in popularity, is under scrutiny from EPA. What’s a homeowner or builder to do? A friend of mine used to be a long-haul truck driver. At one point he even became a trainer working with new drivers. Over dinner recently, I asked what was one key lesson that he would want to impart to any new driver. While he was…

Sanitary Sewer Overflows Create More than Just Property Damage Concerns in Texas Homes & Buildings

Sanitary Sewer Overflows Create More than Just Property Damage Concerns in Texas Homes & Buildings

Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) provides testing services to help identify and prevent exposure to pathogens and chemical contaminants in water-damaged properties.   Each year countless homes and businesses across Texas discover that they have suffered a sanitary sewer overflow (SSO). When they occur they can spread raw sewage into basements, crawl spaces, and throughout a building. In addition to causing extensive property damage, a sanitary…