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Our #1 question. There are over 100,000 types of mold that we know of and can cause ranging health issues from none at all, to allergies and permanent brain issues such as the notorious black mold or killer mold. If you are feeling unwell, your first action is to always seek medical help.
Fun Fact: Penicillium was discovered and is extracted from mold.
The main source of mold growth is water. Whether it is due to floodings events, HVAC issues, or leaks, if water is present mold will follow.
Tip: During the first 48 hours of water damage it is simply a water restoration issue. After that, it becomes a mold issue.
As a homeowner, you are legally allowed to remove mold yourself. Now, if your insurance will reimburse you for it or if you have the proper equipment and knowledge should be the better question. The worst thing to do is to spread contamination and and create a bigger issue. Commercial properties must have a licensed contractor if the area affected is 25 contiguous feet or more.
Yes, we are licensed in mold consulting and remediation. We are legally allowed to sign CMDR (Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation)
Texas has the strictest licensing regulations than any other state. In order to be granted a consulting or remediation license, consultant or contractors had to meet or exceed the following:
- Pass the 110-Question State Examination
- Pass a 40-Hour In-Person Mold Education Course
- Continuing Education Every 2 Years
- Meet Insurance Requirements
- Meet One of the Following Screening Criteria
- A bachelor’s or graduate degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a natural or physical science, engineering, architecture, building construction, or building sciences and at least one year of hands on experience in an allied field or as a general contractor in building construction.
- At least 60 college credit hours with a grade of C or better in the natural sciences, physical sciences, environmental sciences, building sciences, or a field related to any of those sciences and at least three years of hands on experience in an allied field or as a general contractor in building construction.
- A high school diploma or a GED certificate and at least five years of hands on experience in an allied field or as a general contractor in building construction.
- Certification as an industrial hygienist, a professional engineer, a professional registered sanitarian, a certified safety professional, or a registered architect with at least one year of hands on experience either in an allied field or as a general contractor in building construction.
You may hire us for mold inspection and testing or mold remediation. We are not allowed to and will not perform both on the same project. If you hire us for mold remediation, you can hire or we can hire an independent mold consultant to write the assessment, protocol, and final project clearance.
We use negative air containment, HEPA vacuums, dehumidifiers, moisture readers, thermal imaging, foggers, and many more tools to ensure we’ve got it all. We thoroughly clean and discard affected areas. Mold cleanup is a complex profession and should only be done by licensed professionals such as Texas Total Mold. A licensed consultant will perform air and/or direct tests to ensure there is no more visible or airborne mold spore.
It depends on the size of the project. For residential mold removal, the process generally takes a week. For large, commercial settings in which employees may still need to be present, this can take a few weeks in order to accommodate staff.