How Quick is Mold Removal?
How Quick is Mold Removal?
When a residential or commercial property owner finds has a mold problem, one of the first questions we are often is how long does the mold removal process take.
What is Mold?
Mold is a fungus that naturally occurs in our environment and exists in microscopic spores. It cannot be removed from an environment completely.
Mold Removal versus Mold Remediation
Many mold remediation companies advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee they will remove all mold. This isn’t possible. As mold experts with a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License, we understand mold and mold growth.
When you call us out for a mold job, we will first perform a mold inspection. Our goal is to find the source of the mold and find out how much it has spread and onto what surfaces. Figuring out the mold’s spread is crucial to complying with Texas State Mold Law.
Texas State Mold Law
Texas requires a licensed mold remediation contractors to remediate mold in residential and most commercial properties when the size of the mold is more than 25 contiguous square feet. This means that mold growth under this rule does not need to be reported to the state.
The speed of the job depends on the size of the mold growth.
When we perform a mold inspection, we will be able to tell you quickly if the size of your mold growth falls under the requirements of Texas State Mold Law or not.
Mold Less than 25 Contiguous Square Feet
If the mold growth is less than 25 contiguous square feet, then the mold does not need to be filed with Texas. Our mold remediation specialists can begin remediation immediately.
Mold More than 25 Contiguous Square Feet
If the mold growth is more than 25 contiguous square feet, then it falls under Texas Mold Assessment And Remediation Rules (TMARR), which require:
- A Texas Licensed Mold Assessor to write a Mold Protocol. We cannot legally choose an assessor for you, but we can give you a list of assessors for you to choose from. Make an appointment with them and ask for a Mold Protocol.
- A Texas Licensed Mold Contractor (us) will file a Work Plan and schedule the job with the State of Texas. Once the Work Plan is filed, we must legally wait at least five (5) business days before starting the job.
- When we finish the mold remediation, the Mold Assessor has to check the cleaning to make sure it’s successful. If it is, they will issue a clearance document.
- The Texas Licensed Mold contractor (us) can then issue a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation to you which documents the success of the cleanup. Forward this document to your insurance company and keep it in your files for any future home buyer.
What To Do with Your Mold Until Help Arrives
We can often arrive at your property within a day of your call, but if your mold growth falls under the Texas Mold Law guidelines, there are a few things to keep in mind while the five days mandatory waiting period pass.
- We can install mold containment. We will install mold containment around the moldy area to prevent spores from escaping the space. The containment should not be disturbed.
- We can install air scrubbers with HEPA filters. We can install these specialized air scrubbers to catch any mold spores that may be in the air. This will prevent the spread of mold to other areas of the property.
- Do not disturb the area with mold. Disturbing mold is very easy -- all it takes is some wind to blow the spores around. For this reason, we ask you to leave the contained area the way we leave it.
- Do not attempt to clean the mold yourself. Many times, mold spread is caused by someone unfamiliar with professional mold remediation practices. Leave the mold cleanup licensed professionals who can properly restore your home.
The Mold Remediation Process
Whether we can start immediately or we’ve been cleared by Texas, the mold remediation process is straightforward.
- Our mold remediation specialists will use the appropriate chemicals to clean the area where the mold growth is.
- Mold containment and HEPA air scrubbers will continue to run throughout the duration of the project. We do this to make sure no spores travel and infest another area of your home.
- If you have mold infested clothing or other objects, we will take them to our cleaning facility for sanitation. We are one of the Esporta licensed businesses in North Texas with the technology and certifications required to perform mold removal services on clothing.
- When mold is left alone long enough, it begins to eat the surface it’s living on. If we find that the mold has caused permanent damage to your property, that part of your structure has to be cut out. We will dispose of all mold containing debris according to Texas Mold Law.
- If you choose, our reconstruction team will rebuild any portion of your home that had to have demolition. Reconstruction is crucial when the affected structure is part of the structural integrity of the home, such as attic beams or load bearing walls.
- Our mold specialists will sanitize and seal any mold affected area to prevent future mold growth.
- If you have filed an insurance claim, we will work with your insurance adjuster to get your mold remediation claim approved and processed.
- We will provide a final clean up of the remediated area to make sure its safe for all inhabitants.
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SERVPRO of North Irving is a water damage restoration and fire and smoke damage restoration company in Dallas Texas. We have performed work in Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, McKinney, Grapevine, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Ennis, and other North Texas communities for over 30 years. We also have a Texas Mold Remediation Contractor License and offer free mold inspections.
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