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IAQA Offers Information for Consumers Ravaged by Hurricanes, Flooding and Mold

August 29, 2005
ROCKVILLE, MD--(MARKET WIRE)--Aug 29, 2005 -- With Hurricane Katrina flooding homes and businesses in Florida, Louisiana and neighboring states, the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) is offering tips to assist those affected by natural disasters, water-damage and resulting mold.

IAQA has published the Web page "Disaster Restoration Information," to help victims of natural disasters recover more smoothly. A link to this valuable information can be found on the front page of IAQA's Web site, www.iaqa.org.

Because consumers need to be wary of fly-by-night operators seeking to take advantage of water-damage victims, IAQA has listed five warning signs to identify potentially unethical contractors. Examples include contractors listing themselves as the beneficiary for funds from the Federal Emergency Management Association, to insisting on a 50 percent deposit plus the cost of materials.

IAQA's Web page also outlines a checklist of qualifications for restoration contractors. The page links to industry-recognized programs dealing with indoor environmental inspection, mold remediation, and water restoration services. Using these links, visitors can easily access directories of qualified professionals and read useful recommendations about water damage clean-up.

IAQA's "Disaster Restoration Information" Web page lists established government and industry standards and guidelines dealing with indoor air pollution, the cleanup of water damage, the removal of mold, and the cleanup of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems. A direct link to the Disaster Restoration Information page is www.iaqa.or g/disaster_restoration_information.htm

The Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) is a nonprofit, multidisciplinary organization, dedicated to promoting the exchange of indoor environmental information, through education and research, for the safety and well being of the general public.