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Texas and Gulf Coast Residents Provided Tips to Prevent Winter Water Damage & Mold

Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) offers advice on ways to prevent water damage and subsequent mold growth in homes and buildings during the winter season.

Austin, TX – WEBWIRE

At IEC, our building science experts inspect homes and buildings to assess conditions and make recommendations to prevent moisture problems, mold growth and address any indoor air quality concerns.

With the official start of winter almost a month away, many parts of Texas and the Gulf Coast have already experienced freezing weather and even snow in some areas.† The arctic blast that took place in mid-November reminded people that winter and sustained cold temperatures are just around the corner.

Strong winds, rain, snow and ice can all take a toll on a home or building.† Freezing temperatures alone can cause burst pipes resulting in extensive property damage and mold growth.† In fact, a recent study by ACE Insurance Underwriters found that water damage causes $9.1 billion in homeowner property loses each year in the United States.†

Because winter weather can be so tough on any type of building, itís important to takes steps to prepare for the season and prevent moisture, mold and other indoor air quality problems from occurring.† The following tips can help prepare a home for winter weather.

∑†††††††† Insulate any exposed pipes and evaluate if the homeís attic, walls, basement or crawl space needs more insulation. This is also a good time to check for any signs of water damage from existing leaks.
∑†††††††† Be sure the attic is well ventilated.
∑†††††††† Shut off the water to exterior hose bibs and drain those water lines if possible.† Also shut off and drain the yardís irrigation system.
∑†††††††† Clean gutters and down spouts to make sure water is able to drain properly and to minimize the risk of ice dams.
∑†††††††† Make sure water drains away from the home.
∑†††††††† Check to make sure any fireplaces are operating properly and are not obstructed.
∑†††††††† Caulk around windows, doors and other openings.† Also fix any cracks or holes in the foundation.
∑†††††††† Check for drafts and add weather stripping anywhere itís worn or missing.
∑†††††††† Consider having the heating system inspected before itís needed to make sure it is operating properly and that there are no carbon monoxide hazards.† This is also a good time to change the air filters and inspect for debris in the ducts.
∑†††††††† Check the roof, flashing, chimney, siding and skylights for any signs of damage.
∑†††††††† Trim back any branches that could cause damage to a property during a winter storm.
∑†††††††† If the home is summer property or is going to be empty for an extended period of time, shut off and drain the water system.

ďIf water, moisture or excessive humidity are allowed to occur in an indoor environment, mold may begin to grow in as short as 24 to 48 hours,Ē said Hollis L. Horner, President, Indoor Environmental Consultants, Inc.† ďThis is why it is so important to respond quickly to any type of moisture problem.† At IEC, our building science experts inspect homes and buildings to assess conditions and make recommendations to prevent moisture problems, mold growth and address any indoor air quality concerns.† If a problem already exists, our staff will identify the root cause and provide solutions to quickly resolve the problem.Ē

IEC recently sponsored a video that provides tips for winterizing a home that can be seen at:

To learn more about IEC, water damage and healthy indoor environments, 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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