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Texas Building Science Professionals Identify Vapor Intrusion Issues for Healthy Indoor Environments

Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) provides testing and consulting services to identify and resolve vapor intrusion issues in all types of buildings.

Austin, TX – WEBWIRE

While some cases of vapor intrusion may be readily apparent due to high levels of volatile chemicals emitting a detectable odor, quite often that is not the case.

Many people are aware of hazards to the air they breathe indoors due to such pollutants as mold, asbestos and radon.  Far fewer are familiar with potential risks due to a process known as vapor intrusion. 
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Vapor intrusion generally occurs when there is a migration of volatile chemicals from contaminated groundwater or soil into an overlying building. Volatile chemicals can emit vapors that may migrate through subsurface soils and into indoor air spaces of overlying buildings in ways similar to that of radon gas seeping into homes. Volatile chemicals may include volatile organic compounds, select semivolatile organic compounds, and some inorganic analytes, such as elemental mercury, radon, and hydrogen sulfide.”
Vapor intrusion issues can occur in almost any type of building construction if the structure has been built in an area with contaminated groundwater or soil.  The contamination can be recent or even due to past activities that could have taken place decades ago.
For people with vapor intrusion concerns across Texas and the Gulf Coast, one of the leading firms that specializes in identifying and resolving these types of problems is Indoor Environmental Consultants, Inc.  “While some cases of vapor intrusion may be readily apparent due to high levels of volatile chemicals emitting a detectable odor, quite often that is not the case,” said Hollis L. Horner, President, IEC.  “Low levels of these chemical compounds may be present and only detectable using advanced sampling techniques.  Even at low levels, many of these chemicals may pose a long-term exposure risk for people living, working or going to school in these indoor environments.  At IEC, our vapor intrusion professionals have the expertise, advanced instrumentation and access to cutting edge analytical techniques to be able to quickly identify and help to resolve vapor intrusion issues for our clients.”   
To learn more about IEC’s vapor intrusion and indoor environmental quality testing and consulting services, please visit, email or call (877) 432-8378.
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).

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