Texas Building Science Professionals Identify Surface and Wot Rot Fungi in Residential & Commercial Structures
Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) provides testing and consulting services to identify moisture problems and microbial concerns in homes and buildings.
The building science experts at Indoor Environmental Consultants offer inspection and testing services for mold growth in buildings and to identify moisture problems that could cause future issues.
Wood continues to be one of the most commonly used building materials in Texas and across the Gulf Coast. When properly maintained and protected from moisture, structures made from wood can last for centuries.
Termites and wood destroying insects have long been blamed for the destruction of wood used in buildings, but they are not the only culprits. Wood also makes for an ideal food source for many types of fungi. Fungi, commonly referred to as mold, can quickly begin to grow on or in wood materials when there is sufficient moisture and temperatures that support growth.
Some types of mold are primarily found growing on the surface of wood. This is often the case after there has been a water damage event caused by a leaking pipe, elevated humidity or some type of flood. The mold may be clearly visible when it is on the surface of the wood and may become aerosolized and cause indoor air quality (IAQ) and health concerns for building occupants.
“Other types of fungi not only use the wood as a food source, but also cause decay by breaking down wood fibers,” said Hollis L. Horner, President of Indoor Environmental Consultants, Inc. “Some species will attack living trees and others will consume cut wood that has been used to construct buildings. These wood decay fungi are classified based on the type of decay they cause and the most well-known types include brown rot, white rot, and soft rot. Wood decay fungi can cause extensive structural damage over time. Visible signs of its presence can take a trained professional to identify, but it is important to catch any growth early to prevent potentially dangerous situations and costly repairs.”
The building science experts at Indoor Environmental Consultants offer inspection and testing services for mold growth in buildings and to identify moisture problems that could cause future issues. To learn more about IEC’s mold, moisture and indoor air quality (IAQ) services, please visit www.iecinc.net, email firstname.lastname@example.org 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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