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University in Texas Moves Classes Due to Concerns over Asbestos and Mold

Indoor Environmental Consultants (IEC) provides testing and consulting services to identify indoor pollutants to protect building occupants.

Austin, TX – WEBWIRE

If the root cause of a mold problem is not addressed and the mold is not properly remediated, the situation will often only get worse over time.

Earlier this month, The Houstonian reported that a building at Sam Houston State University was recently found to contain mold and asbestos.  According to the article, classes were moved from Academic Building III after complaints of mold resulted in an investigation that discovered it was indeed present in the building.  In order to remove the mold that was found in some walls, existing asbestos also had to be abated.
Mold is a known source of allergens, irritants and in some cases, potentially toxic substances known as mycotoxins. Both inhaling and touching mold may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals and it does not matter if the mold is dead or alive to cause these allergic reactions in some people.  Allergic reactions to mold are quite common and can be immediate or delayed. Responses may include hay fever-like symptoms such as headache, sneezing, runny nose and red eyes. A skin rash may also develop. 

Exposure to mold could also cause an asthma attack in people with the condition who are allergic to mold. In addition, molds can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of individuals whether or not they are allergic to mold.  Another concern is hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP), a condition that resembles bacterial pneumonia.

One of the leading mold consulting firms in Texas that provides services to protect building occupants in all types of buildings is Indoor Environmental Consultants, Inc. Hollis L. Horner, President of Indoor Environmental Consultants, Inc., shared, “Living, working or going to school in an indoor environment with elevated levels of mold will cause health issues for some people, even for some who in the past have not shown symptoms.  This is due to the fact that repeated exposure to mold may cause non-sensitive individuals to become sensitive to mold and repeated exposure has the potential to increase that sensitivity. For those with a weakened immune system, exposure to viable mold may even result in opportunistic infections.  If the root cause of a mold problem is not addressed and the mold is not properly remediated, the situation will often only get worse over time.”

IEC provides mold, asbestos, lead and other indoor air quality (IAQ) testing and consulting services for residential, commercial and institutional properties across Texas and the Gulf Coast.  To learn more about IEC’s services, please visit, email 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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