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Texas IAQ Experts Offer Tips to Prevent Water Damage While Away on Summer Vacation

Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) provides testing and consulting services to identify indoor hazards and moisture concerns following water damage.

Austin, TX – WEBWIRE

If water damage does occur while away on a trip, itís important to understand that the introduction of water or elevated humidity levels can cause the growth of mold in as short as 24 to 48 hours.

Summer has arrived and countless families across Texas are making travel plans for their annual summer vacation.†† These trips provide people with the opportunity to get away and relax, but few things can turn a dream vacation into a nightmare as quickly as coming back to a water-damaged home.†

Water damage is one of the most common reasons for an insurance claim and when it occurs with no one home, a small issue can quickly escalate into a major claim. While preventing a natural flood is out of peopleís hands, there are steps that can be taken to minimize the risk of other types of water damage from occurring during a vacation.†

Many potential sources of water damage can be averted by checking and preparing the home before leaving for vacation.† For example, before leaving:

  • Check the home for any existing leaks.
  • Consider shutting off the water main to the home.† If this cannot be done because of an automatic sprinkler system or other reason, shut off the valves to major appliances within the property.
  • If the home has a well, consider shutting the pump off.†
  • Check gutters and downspouts for damage and clear any debris that may be causing obstructions.
  • If the property has a sump pump, be sure it is in working order.
  • Ask a family member or friend to periodically check on the home and be sure they know where the water main shut off valve is located.

ďIf water damage does occur while away on a trip, itís important to understand that the introduction of water or elevated humidity levels can cause the growth of mold in as short as 24 to 48 hours,Ē said Hollis L. Horner, President, Indoor Environmental Consultants, Inc. ďIf the damage was caused by a sanitary sewer overflow or because of outdoor flooding, the water may already contain everything from mold and bacteria to viruses and chemical contaminants.Ē

The experts at IEC can respond at a momentís notice to inspect and test a property that has suffered water damage.† Their professionals have decades of experience and utilize the most advanced monitoring equipment and testing procedures.† This enables IEC to quickly identify existing and potential future issues to ensure building occupants are not being exposed to any hazards.

To learn more about IECís water damage, mold and indoor environmental 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 nationís 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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