It is not uncommon for bathroom deterioration to begin with the toilet. Deterioration may be mold in the water tank, a plumbing leak, or a broken toilet wax seal. Water leaks may begin behind the walls or under the floors and not be manifested until the toilet falls through the floor (true story!). Mold requires […]
Exactly how much silica are you breathing?
With the recent release of OSHA’s New Crystalline Silica Dust Rule, employers are looking to ensure that they are following the new standard. The standard (29 CFR 1926.1153) requires employers to limit worker exposures to respirable crystalline silica and to take other steps to protect workers. Additional information on OSHA’s silica standard can be found […]
Congratulations to ROTC Cadet Eli Martinez Vera from SAME and The IEP Group
The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) recognized Cadet Eli Martinez Vera, a student at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, during the ROTC 2nd Regiment, Basic Camp Graduation held at Fort Knox, Kentucky on July 31, 2021. Cadet Vera was honored as the Cadet in an engineering curriculum who portrayed the best problem-solving […]
Ice Dams Today – Mold Tomorrow
The winter storms that recently rocked the Midwest were unimaginable, as a thick layer of ice shrouded every surface, followed by snow and more ice. Consequently, many roofs experienced ice dams. The topic of ice dams, a hazard in which many Midwesterners are not familiar, was discussed this past week in a networking meeting with […]
Indoor Air Quality: Chemical Cocktails
Since the pandemic, a common theme heard in the industry is the need for more outside air coming inside the home or building. The effort to become ‘energy efficient’ involves recycling the indoor air. If the indoor air is never refreshed, it can become toxic. Corbett Lunsford mentions “Chemical Cocktails” that are created in indoor […]
Which of These Pipes Will Burst First?
Letting a water faucet drip can prevent water damage from frozen pipes. During cold weather, release pressure in the water system by allowing water drip from both hot and cold lines. If the pipes do freeze, dripping water will reduce the likelihood of a rupture. Winterize outside faucets to prevent freezing and burst pipes. Water […]
ASHRAE’s Recommendations for Communities of Faith
ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) recently released their core recommendations for reducing airborne infectious aerosol exposure designed for churches and communities of faith. It is simple and straightforward. Being a part of a good church and community of faith is more important now than perhaps ever before. The IEP Group is […]
Asbestos 2021: What Is New?
In this dark time of pandemic and politics, the new year holds promise of change. Or does it? On Christmas Eve, Business Wire reported that the Final Risk Evaluation for Asbestos, Part 1: Chrysotile Asbestos was condemned by the ADAO (Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization) as being incomplete and disappointing. The ADAO suggests that the EPA […]
Who Is The IEP Group and What Do They Do?
COVID-19 Is Not the Only Concern
An additional concern emerges during this time of COVID-19 and building closures – Legionella. Legionella was discovered after an outbreak among people who attended a Philadelphia convention of the American Legion in 1976. Those who were affected suffered from a type of pneumonia (lung infection) that eventually became known as Legionnaires’ disease. Read more information […]