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Why You Need A Mold Remediation Protocol

What Is Mold Remediation?

Mold Growth In Houston

It’s no secret that Houston’s warm and humid climate creates perfect conditions for mold growth. Mold is a type of fungus that thrives in moist environments, making homes in Houston susceptible to mold-related issues. Mold can manifest in various forms, such as musty smells, visible spots, or water damage.

Fun fact: Did you know It’s technically impossible to fully eradicate mold? Mold is a living organism that plays an important role in earth’s ecosystem. It can be found all around us. In this article, we’ll explain: when mold should be removed, how it’s remediated, and why mold remediation protocols are important. 

When Mold Becomes Problematic

Mold becomes problematic when it poses health risks and structural damage to your home. Although mold is important to our ecosystem, it’s not healthy to breathe. Long-term exposure to mold can lead to various health problems like: 

  • Allergies 
  • Asthma flar-ups 
  • Fungul Infections

Identifying these signs of mold growth and communicating them to a professional is the first step towards protecting your home. 

Signs of water damage found on the ceiling of a residential home during a mold inspection

Mold Remediation vs Mold Abatement

Mold remediation is a very technical process and can be difficult to understand at first. One of the biggest misunderstandings is the difference between mold remediation and mold abatement, these terms are often used interchangeably. Here’s a simple breakdown:

Mold Abatement: Mold abatement is a term often used when describing mold removal, but is technically the process of removing other harmful environmental hazards like lead or asbestos. 

Mold Remediation: Is a more broad term used to describe the process of fully eradicating mold from the property. This includes finding the source of mold growth, stopping further growth from happening, removing the areas infected with mold, then finally repairing the areas that needed to be removed.

What A Mold Remediation Company Does

Water Damage Specialists

Because mold needs moisture and water to grow, problems usually stem from some type of water damage. Identifying and fixing the source of this water damage is the first step taken when addressing mold related issues

Understanding how water damage affects the structure of your home is one of the most important skills to have when removing mold. This is why many restoration companies refer to themselves as Water Damage Specialists. 

Understand How Mold Grows

A professional mold remediation company understands not only how mold grows, but how it impacts the overall structure of your home. This understanding allows them to implement very specific remediation strategies that go beyond simple removal and provide a long-term mold free environment.

DIY Mold Removal Options

While professional remediation is always recommended, it’s important to understand DIY mold removal alternatives that may save you time and money. The State of Texas requires that mold growth extending beyond 25 contiguous feet requires proper documentation which should be done by a licensed professional. 

In simpler terms, if your mold concern is small enough (under 25 contiguous feet), you might be able to avoid having to use a professional mold remediation company. For more information about these DIY alternatives call our office or schedule a free consultation to discuss your concern in more detail. 

Certifications Needed For Mold Remediation

Texas Law Concerning Mold Remediation

As mentioned above, mold remediation is governed by Texas laws to ensure safe and effective practices. Understanding these laws can help you find the best mold removal solution for your specific needs. These are the licenses every restoration company needs to legally remove mold.

MRC (Mold Remediation Contractor) License

Mold Remediation Contractors oversee mold remediation projects and ensure their team of workers follow industry standards.

An MRC (Mold Remediation Contractor) has the following responsibilities:

  • Supervise registered mold remediation workers performing mold remediation
  • Prepare mold remediation work plan that outlines specific instructions to be performed for a mold removal project
  • Monitors the results of activities performed during a mold removal project

For more information about the roles and responsibilities of MRC’s click here.

MAC (Mold Assessment Consultant) License

Mold Assessment Consultants are commonly known as mold inspectors. Mold Assessment Consultants are certified professionals who conduct mold inspections and work directly with restoration companies to develop remediation plans. 

Due to conflict of interest, mold inspections are performed by a third-party mold inspector who isn’t associated with the company doing the remediation work. This ensures state laws and regulations are followed during these types of projects. 

A MAC (Mold Assessment Consultant) has the following responsibilities: 

  • Identifies conditions favorable for indoor mold growth by conducting mold inspections
  • Collects samples of mold growth to send for analysis 
  • Prepares a mold assessment report, including observations made, measurements taken, and locations of samples collected
  • Develops a recommended plan of remediation based on findings during mold inspection 

For more information about Mold Assessment Consultant license click here.

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How To Prepare For Mold Remediation

1. Get A Professional Mold Inspection

Before any mold can be removed, you need a professional mold inspection done by a licensed Mold Assessment Consultant. Your chosen inspector will assess the extent of the mold problem, identify problematic water sources, and create a detailed plan for remediation.

2. Get Mold Prevention Plan From Mold Inspector

Mold prevention is as crucial as remediation. Mold inspectors provide homeowners with effective prevention plans to avoid future mold issues.

3. Official Mold Remediation Protocol

If the mold inspection performed indicates that mold remediation is necessary to fully eliminate the mold issue, the mold inspector will write a mold remediation protocol. This protocol identifies the water problem, which areas to isolate in preparation for removal, the areas that need to be removed, and ways to clean and sanitize the infected areas.

4. Find A Mold Remediation Company You Can Trust

Choosing a trustworthy mold remediation company is a crucial step. Look for certifications, experience, and positive reviews to ensure the company can handle the any problem that may arise during the mold remediation process.

How Mold Remediation Protocols Are Used

Restoration Company Consults With Mold Inspector

The collaboration between a restoration company and mold inspector is key to a successful mold remediation project. After the initial mold inspection, the mold inspector assesses the extent of the mold problem, identifies the underlying causes, and recommends a tailored remediation plan for your home. 

The mold inspector’s expertise guides the restoration company in understanding the unique challenges of the remediation project. 

Mold Remediation Work Plan Is Followed

Based on the information gathered during the initial mold inspection,, the restoration company creates a detailed mold remediation work plan. This plan serves as a roadmap, outlining the step-by-step actions needed to eliminate the mold, address water sources, and ensure a thorough cleanup.

Post-Remediation Mold Inspection

Following the completion of the remediation process, a post-remediation mold inspection is done to ensure the remediation work plan was followed. This final inspection is the last signature needed to sign off on the remediation project and is crucial to pass.

Passing this inspection means that no more signs of mold growth are present around the areas being remediated. 

Screenshot of a mold remediation protocol from Neptune Mold Solutions

The Mold Remediation Process

Isolate Contaminated Areas

Professionals isolate affected areas to prevent mold spores from spreading. This involves sealing openings and using protective measures to contain the contamination.

Remove Damaged Materials

Wet or porous materials containing mold must be carefully removed to prevent spore spread. Professionals follow industry standards to bag up and dispose of affected materials safely.

Sanitize

The remediation team uses biocide to inhibit mold reproduction. Non-porous surfaces are thoroughly cleaned to remove spores, ensuring the area is visibly mold-free.

Drying

Complete drying is crucial to eliminating moisture and preventing mold recurrence. Fans and dehumidifiers expedite this process.

Replace and Rebuild

Any materials discarded due to mold damage are replaced. Reconstruction may involve replacing drywall, carpets, or insulation to ensure the home remains mold-free.

How To Prevent Mold After Remediation

Post-Remediation Clearance Testing

After the remediation process is complete, post-clearance testing is done to ensure the remediation work was completed as outlined in the mold remediation protocol.

Post-cleanance testing is usually performed by the same mold inspector who conducted the initial mold inspection. This final inspection ensures the home is safe to occupy and to prevent the issue from returning. 

Follow Mold Prevention Plan

Ask your chosen mold inspector to send you the mold prevention plan developed during the remediation process.

This plan may include recommendations for addressing moisture sources, improving ventilation in problem areas, and ways to maintain proper humidity levels. Following these guidelines will help create an environment resistant to mold growth.

Conslusion

Mold remediation protocols play an important role in ensuring the identified areas of mold growth are removed correctly and compliant with Texas law. Licensed Mold Assessment Consultants (Mold Inspectors) help start this process by identifying the source of water damage, the extent of mold growth present, and how the infected areas should be removed.  

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