Why it’s a Good Idea to Use a Certified
Indoor Air Quality Professional

 

It is critical that homeowners who have experienced a flood (or even what appears to be a small amount of water intrusion) employ the services of a Certified Indoor Air Quality Professional to ensure the home will be brought back to the state it was before any water intrusion.

Why hire a Certified IAQ Professional?
A Certified Professional has a wealth of tools and technologies, such as infra-red cameras and moisture meters. These help source out potential hidden moisture, which can be difficult to detect with the naked eye or by touch.

Why does hidden moisture need to be found?
All building materials have a dry moisture content range, generally between 8 to 12 percent. Moisture content in the range of 17 to 20 percent may appear to the look and feel to be dry. However, it is still wet enough to cause tremendous mold growth and contamination that may not be visible to the naked eye.

Why is flood water intrusion so serious?
Flood waters are classified as Category 3 Water Intrusion. This means that the water can contain sewage, bacteria, and other dangerous contaminates that can get absorbed into walls, structural framing, and contents. All porous and semi-porous building materials need to be removed and discarded. A Certified IAQ Professional can ensure that this is done properly.

 

For more information on how IAQ professionals can help with flood damage, visit

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Indoor Air Quality Professional
By Steve Levy

It is critical that homeowners who have experienced a flood (or even what appears to be a small amount of water intrusion) employ the services of a Certified Indoor Air Quality Professional to ensure the home will be brought back to the state it was before any water intrusion.

Why hire a Certified IAQ Professional?
A Certified Professional has a wealth of tools and technologies, such as infra-red cameras and moisture meters. These help source out potential hidden moisture, which can be difficult to detect with the naked eye or by touch.

Why does hidden moisture need to be found?
All building materials have a dry moisture content range, generally between 8 to 12 percent. Moisture content in the range of 17 to 20 percent may appear to the look and feel to be dry. However, it is still wet enough to cause tremendous mold growth and contamination that may not be visible to the naked eye.

Why is flood water intrusion so serious?
Flood waters are classified as Category 3 Water Intrusion. This means that the water can contain
sewage, bacteria, and other dangerous contaminates that can get absorbed into walls, structural framing, and contents. All porous and semi-porous building materials need to be removed and discarded. A Certified IAQ Professional can ensure that this is done properly.

 

For more information on how IAQ professionals can help with flood damage, visit www.iaqa.org/storm-damage-resources.

 

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