Puerto Rico’s Property Damage and IEQ Experts Provide Advice to Protect Coastal Homes
Zimmetry Environmental provides indoor environmental quality (IEQ) services to identify potential hazards and protect property investments.
Protecting the outside and inside of coastal properties is essential for maintaining a healthy indoor environment and a property’s value.
The archipelago that makes up Puerto Rico provides for some of the most breathtaking locations for residents and visitors to purchase beach homes. For many people, having a full time or vacation home on the coast is a dream come true. An oceanfront or nearby home can also provide lucrative rental income for property owners and investors.
These properties do come with unique exposure risks and typically require additional preventive maintenance to protect the owner’s investment and even the indoor environmental quality of the home. Some of these properties may lie in flood zones and are subject to tropical storms and hurricanes. These weather events can cause land erosion, tidal and storm surges, and flooding that may threaten a building. Extreme wind and rain can also be a concern. Any moisture that penetrates a building’s envelop can lead to water damage, mold growth, indoor air quality (IAQ) problems and even termite infestations. Water damage caused by flooding may contain raw sewage, microbial pathogens and even hazardous chemicals.
Homes along or near the coast also typically require additional preventive maintenance steps to minimize the corrosive effects of salt that can be carried onto a home or building by seaside wind, spray and mist. These salts coat exterior surfaces accelerating rust on metal objects and the corrosion of other materials.
To help maintain a coastal property and prevent indoor environmental issues from occurring, monthly inspections and a comprehensive annual building checkup are recommended by many experts. The inspection may include:
- Checking the foundation for signs of erosion and the building’s exterior for corrosion, wind and sun damage, and water infiltration.
- Inspecting the building’s HVAC system for dirt and debris, and signs of corrosion.
- Ensuring large trees remain pruned and that sheds and other objects in the yard are properly secured to prevent damage during high winds.
- Inspecting the interior for signs of leaks, water damage, mold growth and termites.
“Protecting the outside and inside of coastal properties is essential for maintaining a healthy indoor environment and a property’s value,” said Harry Pena, President of Zimmetry Environmental. “Our building science and indoor environmental quality experts provide building assessments and testing services for property owners and management companies to assess water damage, mold, bacteria, lead, asbestos, chemical contaminants and other potential environmental quality concerns.”
Zimmetry also recently sponsored an educational video about beach home maintenance and indoor environmental quality that can be seen at: https://youtu.be/84QlEuqDFDQ
To learn more about Zimmetry’s building science and indoor environmental quality testing or other consulting and compliance services, please visit www.zimmetry.com, call (787) 995.0005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
About Zimmetry Environmental
Since 2002, Zimmetry Environmental has been providing environmental consulting services to building owners and managers, architects, engineers, EHS professionals and Fortune 500 companies. The company is based in Puerto Rico and provides services across the Caribbean and Central America. The professionals at Zimmetry offer environmental compliance, indoor air quality, asbestos, lead-based paint, Phase I ESAs and general environmental consulting services.
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