Texas Property Owners Encouraged to Inspect Crawl Spaces for Mold & Moisture
Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) provides testing and consulting services to identify moisture problems and microbial contaminants in crawl spaces.
Any moisture that accumulates in a crawl space may also enter other parts of a building and contribute to mold growth in those areas.
Property owners and tenants in Austin and across Texas are being encouraged to check their homes’ crawl spaces for excessive moisture and mold. This advice is in response to the historic rains and flooding that have plagued the region this spring.
For many property owners with homes and buildings constructed with a crawl space, they may go years without inspecting it for flood damage, plumbing leaks, or other types of moisture issues. These types of problems can develop quickly and may not be readily apparent because they are out of sight.
Any crawl space that has experienced flooding or where the relative humidity is high is a common location for the growth of mold. This can be especially true if the crawl space has a bare earth floor. The soil will wick moisture, through capillary action, from moist to dry areas. The relative warmth of a crawl space can dry the soil by evaporation, adding this moisture to the air in the crawl space where it can cause mold growth. Crawl spaces also often contain water and sewer pipes. These can develop leaks over time or there may be issues related to condensation. During extreme cold weather they can also freeze and burst causing major water issues.
“Any moisture that accumulates in a crawl space may also enter other parts of a building and contribute to mold growth in those areas,” said Hollis L. Horner, President of Indoor Environmental Consultants, Inc. “Just as moisture can spread from a crawl space into a home or building, so too can any mold that is growing in the crawl space. Airborne mold spores and fragments can enter a home or building through cracks and openings. Crawl spaces may also be utilized to house air ducts from the HVAC system in many cases. These ducts often have leaks and openings that could also help to spread mold from a crawl space throughout a structure.”
The mold and moisture experts at Indoor Environmental Consultants offer inspection and testing services for property owners and concerned tenants throughout Texas. These services identify problems and provide solutions to prevent damage to the building and mitigate exposure concerns for building occupants.
To learn more about IEC’s mold, moisture and indoor air quality (IAQ) services, please visit www.iecinc.net, email email@example.com 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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