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…

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…

Texas Residents on the Lookout for Smoke Damage Following the Hidden Pines Fire

Texas Residents on the Lookout for Smoke Damage Following the Hidden Pines Fire

Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) provides testing and consulting services to identify and resolve smoke damage in residential and commercial properties. The Hidden Pines Fire consumed over 4,500 acres and destroyed dozens of homes along with several businesses. The destructive wildfire resulted in the evacuation of entire neighborhoods with hundreds of people having to leave their properties and reside in shelters and other locations for days.…

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…

Texas VA Hospital Investigated for Failure to Protect Workers from Exposure to Asbestos

Texas VA Hospital Investigated for Failure to Protect Workers from Exposure to Asbestos

Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) provides asbestos testing, monitoring and consulting services to comply with regulations and prevent human exposure risks. Last month the U.S. Office of Special Counsel sent a letter to President Barack Obama and Congress detailing what was found after a whistleblower claimed asbestos violations at the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital. The hospital, located in San Antonio, was the center of…

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…