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 new apartment complex construction.
Apartment complexes face many of the same challenges as other forms of housing when it comes to indoor air quality (IAQ) issues. A leading cause of damage in apartment complexes that can quickly escalate into IAQ concerns occurs when water damage or elevated humidity levels cause the growth of mold. The presence of elevated levels of indoor mold can cause a wide range of health concerns for tenants. These range from triggering asthma and causing allergies to hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) and even infections in some people.
Since mold occurs naturally in the environment, its spores can easily enter an apartment from the outside through open doorways and windows as well as through the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems’ outdoor air intakes. Spores can even attach themselves to people, making clothing, shoes, bags, and even pets, all convenient vehicles for allowing mold to enter an apartment complex.
“If mold spores land on surfaces where there is moisture, such as where leaks may have occurred in roofs, pipes, walls, or where there has been flooding or excessive humidity, they can begin to grow in as short as 48 hours,” said Hollis L. Horner, President, Indoor Environmental Consultants, Inc. “It is imperative that property managers handle any moisture issues in a timely and effective manner to prevent a water damage event from turning into a mold and indoor air quality issue.”
The building science professionals at Indoor Environmental Consultants have decades of experience working with property managers to prevent, identify, and resolve moisture issues and mold problems. These services not only help to ensure the air quality for all tenants, but are also instrumental in maintaining a property’s marketability and investment value.
About Indoor Environmental Consultants, Inc.
IEC began operations in 2001 with some of the nation’s most seasoned professional indoor air quality consultants who already had over 70 years of combined experience. The indoor environmental quality firm specializes in field investigations and assessments of commercial, institutional and residential buildings. Their services, related to fungal (mold), chemical, bacterial, asbestos and particulate pollutants, are offered throughout Texas, the Gulf Coast and the Southwest. IEC is licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a mold assessment company (ACO0114) and an asbestos consultant agency (100329).