Texas Property Owners & Facility Managers Deal with Water Damage after Second Major Soaking of 2015

Texas Property Owners & Facility Managers Deal with Water Damage after Second Major Soaking of 2015

Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) provides testing and consulting services to identify water damage and potential hazards following heavy rains.   For the second time in 2015, Texas has been inundated with heavy rains and flooding. A deluge around Memorial Day caused widespread property damage and it was followed by a record breaking downpour in late October. Some parts of the state received as much as…

Contaminated Surfaces Can Result in Staph Infections for Texas Athletes

Contaminated Surfaces Can Result in Staph Infections for Texas Athletes

Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) provides surface testing to identify Staphylococcus aureus and other microorganisms in athletic facilities.   Last month KRGV published a report about precautions being taken by administrators at Sharyland Independent School District after a student athlete was confirmed to have an infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus (staph). In response, the school sanitized classrooms, restrooms, the gymnasium, and two field houses.   According…

Did Hidden Mold in an Apartment Wall Cavity Send Texas Woman to the Hospital?

Did Hidden Mold in an Apartment Wall Cavity Send Texas Woman to the Hospital?

Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) provides testing and consulting services to identify both visible and hidden sources of mold contamination.     Last month KAST broadcast a report about a San Antonio woman who claims mold in her apartment is causing her health problems. According to the news story it all started when water damage to her bedroom wall resulted in the property management company removing…

Texas Healthcare Providers Reminded of Fungal Exposures Risks Following Deaths at Pennsylvania Hospital

Texas Healthcare Providers Reminded of Fungal Exposures Risks Following Deaths at Pennsylvania Hospital

Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) provides microbial pathogen testing services for hospitals to prevent infections due to environmental contaminants. Last week a Pittsburgh hospital that provides organ transplant services temporarily suspended future transplants to investigate an outbreak of fungal infections. To date one patient is fighting a fungal infection and three patients have died. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health officials…

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…

Advice for Texas Vacation Property Owners to Prevent Costly Moisture Damage and Mold

The building science professionals at Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) offer tips for preventing property damage when vacation homes are vacant. Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer vacation. Many people with vacation properties in Texas and along the Gulf Coast have now left their second homes for what may be weeks or even months. Unfortunately, these seaside homes, condominiums, and country ranches can turn…

Humid Conditions at Texas Library Results in Costly Mold Issues

Humid Conditions at Texas Library Results in Costly Mold Issues

Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) identifies situations conducive for mold growth and develops solutions to mitigate issues with moisture, humidity, and microbial contamination. Earlier this month, the Waco Tribune-Herald published an article about indoor environmental issues taking place at the West Waco Library. According to the article, a lack of humidity control in a section of the building has resulted in the growth of mold on…

Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease has Facility Managers in Texas Checking Cooling Towers

Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease has Facility Managers in Texas Checking Cooling Towers

Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) provides testing and consulting services to identify Legionella from cooling towers and other sources. New York has experienced their worst outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease which has already resulted in 10 deaths and over 100 people becoming infected. The disease is caused by breathing small water droplets contaminated with a type of bacteria known as Legionella. Although many people may be exposed…

Texas Apartment Managers Turn to Indoor Environmental Consultants to Prevent and Resolve Mold Issues

The building science professionals at Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) identify indoor mold issues and develop solutions for apartment complexes. Over the last several years, Texas has experienced a boom in its multifamily housing rental market. Some markets, such as the Austin metro area, have recently experienced occupancy rates around the 95% mark. The strong demand across much of the state has resulted in a marked…

Increase in Bacterial Infections in Texas Likely Associated with Flooded Properties

Increase in Bacterial Infections in Texas Likely Associated with Flooded Properties

Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) provides testing and consulting services to help identify and prevent exposure to microbial pathogens in properties. The last few months have brought flooding to many parts of Texas and there are now reports of increasing infection rates due to microbial pathogens commonly associated with feces. Just this month, KRGV broadcast a report about a dramatic increase in the number of cases…