Expert Mold Removal

You deserve to live in a safe environment and shouldn’t have to worry about mold. But there’s a problem – Removing mold safely is a complex process and it is prone to come back again and again if not removed properly. Don’t risk it. Total Restoration can help you get rid of your mold problem once and for all.

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Total Restoration is a licensed, qualified, and experienced mold remediation contractor.

The entire remediation process is monitored to ensure the health and safety of both the resident and our employees including specific personal protective gear, containment chambers, machinery to clean the air as we remediate and disposal of materials.

What to Expect During The Mold Remediation Process

In order to be in compliance with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, we must follow specific rules pertaining to mold removal:

Remediation Protocol Review

A remediation protocol must be created by a Texas licensed mold consultant to which we are required to follow for remediation and is used to prepare the estimate.

We will review the remediation protocol prepared by a Texas licensed mold consultant to identify the areas needing mold remediation and the suspected cause of growth.

Containment and Decon Chambers Setup

Each area that is to be remediated must be sealed off from other areas of the home/office. This includes covering all light fixtures, AC vents, sealing all doors and ensuring any open holes to attic or exterior walls are sealed off.

Each chamber must have an entry chamber called a decon chamber. This area is where the workers put on or take off their PPE, where disposal bags are wiped down and double bagged and other items are addressed to avoid cross contaminating the remainder of the building.

If there are multiple work areas that can not be linked together, each work area will need to have a decon chamber.

Once chambers are built, we supply the decon chamber with the essentials and setup HEPA air scrubbers and dehumidifiers within the containment area.

Demolition & Removal of Contaminated Materials

Each containment chamber is placed under negative air pressure prior to the start of demolition.

Once demolition begins, only those who hold a mold license may enter the chambers. Any mold found during demolition that is not specifically mentioned in the protocol must be documented and the Mold Consultant is notified to modify the protocol.

When the demolition is complete, all exposed framing is sanded and HEPA vacuum are used to clean all areas.

After the HEPA vacuuming is complete, we do a detail clean all the way from the ceilings to the floors and start prepping the areas for testing.

The HEPA air scrubbers and dehumidifiers must continue to run for up to 48 hours before clearance testing can be done.

Clearance Testing

The clearance test is required to ensure indoor mold levels are at or below acceptable levels. The cause of the mold growth must be identified and corrected before clearance testing may be completed.

This clearance certificate must be presented in any home transaction for up to 5 years after the discovery of mold.

What Happens to the Items in the Containment Area?

Depending on the amount of mold exposure, contents can often be cleaned and restored. In general, porous materials may hold spores that cannot be removed that may result in recontamination. Porous materials often cannot be salvaged and must be disposed of.

The cleaning or disposal of contents may be included in the protocol by the Mold Consultants.

What is Mold Growth?

Molds are very common and are an essential part of nature. Mold spores can easily enter your property through doorways, windows and vents and can also become attached to clothing or pets and brought indoors.

Mold growth becomes a problem when these mold spores land on materials with elevated moisture levels and are allowed to multiple. Mold growth is common after a water damage loss or when there has been a humidity or ventilation problem and only requires moisture, a comfortable temperature, and a food source to grow and spread. Mold growth can occur on a variety of surfaces and materials including paper, cardboard, wood, paints, wallpaper, insulation, drywall, carpet, and fabrics.

Some signs of mold growth include:

  • Allergies
  • Growth of spots on certain materials
  • Signs of long term moisture
  • Old and musty smell

Types of Mold

There are many types of mold with many different colors and appearances. Specific types of mold are toxigenic and produce a special toxin called “mycotoxins.” Toxigenic molds may be hazardous to your health. In addition, molds are a common allergen that can cause cold-like symptoms including stuffy noses, throat irritation, and itchy, watery eyes.

Health risks of mold exposure include:

  • Persistent coughing and wheezing
  • Headaches and fatigue
  • Hypersensitivity pneumonitis 
  • Skin irritation
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Lung damage and respiratory infections

When you discover mold in your property, it is not always necessary to identify the type of mold present. All mold growth must be removed and the moisture source must be remediated so the mold growth does not return.

Founding board members of TMARA – Texas Mold Assessors and Remediators Association

TMARA is focused on promoting and protecting the health and safety of Texans and ensuring legislation addresses the severity mold issues can cause to public health.