The devastating major flood damage seen in Houston and other areas of Texas is appalling. Many people are no doubt anxious to return to their homes and begin cleanup. However, homeowners must be aware that the hazards from this event do not go away when the water drains out of their home. There are significant health and safety risks, both immediate and long-term, associated with river or ocean flooding.
Recently, IET worked on several projects where sewage remediation contractors had difficulty achieving a sufficient level of cleanliness or sanitation to pass a “clearance” test. This would apply to contamination associated with a sewage backflow or other IICRC Category 3 “black water” event. These projects are, by their very nature, challenging. This article attempts to provide some sewage remediation suggestions for more effective and efficient project completion, addressing the areas where IET has often observed remediators having difficulty accomplishing. Read more
Sewage Testing of Presence/Absence (P/A) for Indicator Organisms vs. ATP Measurement
Indoor Environmental Technologies (IET) uses two sewage testing methods for contamination in Post-Remediation Verification inspections. The goal is to determine whether remediation has been successful and the areas tested have been returned to a sanitary condition:
It is very common to conclude that breathing in the outdoor air contains more harmful pollutants than indoors. However, the truth is that your home indoor air can often pose a much larger threat. This article will provide you with important information on how you can keep your home air clean during closed house conditions whether it’s winter or summer.
Florida’s real estate market is in a state of constant new construction growth and existing home turnover the last several years. Whether building your dream home or purchasing an older home that has been listed on the market, possible indoor air quality concerns should be a major priority during your search. Learn about how you can make sure your future home’s indoor air is safe and healthy by addressing these concerns BEFORE you buy.
Award reflects a company’s consistently high level of customer service
Indoor Environmental Technologies (IET) has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that has been used in various products since pre-historic times. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that the public started to become aware of adverse health effects from exposure and it became regulated by the federal government under AHERA in 1986. Because of its strength and resistance to heat, it became popular in a number of manufacturing practices. Due to this popularity, it can be found today in a number of residential and commercial materials such as drywall compound, floor tile and adhesive and insulation.
Indoors. That is where most people spend their time. With that said, it is important that the indoor air quality (IAQ) surrounding us is healthy. Increasing rates of childhood asthma, allergies and poor general wellbeing, as well as learning and behavioral problems have been linked to poor IAQ in buildings, in homes and offices. Mold, particulates and chemical contaminants can all contribute to comfort or health challenges indoors.
A sewage backflow into a home is a serious problem. Depending on volume and other factors, it may create severe sewage contamination in the indoor environment with potentially extreme health risks. Sewage contamination has the potential to be much more unsafe than even the most severely mold contaminated environment. Yet many homeowners and property managers are not aware of these facts and often underestimate the potential health and safety risks. This brief article on sewage contamination is intended to help address this disparity between perception and reality.
When excessive formaldehyde is found in your home’s air, particularly from laminate flooring, what should you do?