INSPECTIONS & PROTOCOLS
CONCERNED ABOUT POSSIBLE MOLD
IN YOUR HOME OR PROPERTY?
Our commercial and home mold inspection starts with a full visual evaluation of the property. The inspector will search for any visible mold growth and for conditions conducive for the growth of mold. Conducive conditions for mold growth include but are not limited to areas where water has penetrated the walls, floors or ceilings and places where there is excessive moisture build-up, lack of ventilation, and high humidity levels. The inspector will conduct both a plumbing and infrared inspection in order to detect any hidden leaks within the walls, ceilings or floors.
Mold is a part of the natural environment and is present almost everywhere around us. Molds can slowly destroy the things they grow on. Outdoors, mold breaks down leaves, dead trees and other organic matter. The mold may start to populate indoors on wet or damp surfaces, including building materials and air conditioning units.
Mold testing can help identify a mold infestation in your home or business. Mold inspection costs can vary based on the type and the number of samples you request. If you already own a home and have an unexplained mold-related illness or can smell mold in your house, a mold inspection may be a good investment. To avoid unscrupulous inspectors, the EPA recommends working with a licensed testing agency, like GreenWorks, that follows the analytical methods laid out by professional organizations.
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Our in-house client service coordinator team is going to gather some initial information to recommend the best service for you.
Most likely, you will need a mold inspection (aka mold assessment or mold testing). The purpose of the mold inspection:
Determine what samples need to be taken
Mixture of samples
Testing will determine IF mold is present within the property
Testing will determine WHAT TYPES of mold are present within the property
Once the samples are collected, they are taken to a qualified Texas laboratory for testing. The turn around time is typically 3 business days from the mold lab (rush results available for an additional lab fee). Once results are received, the GreenWorks client will receive a full mold report listing the types of molds found within the samples, list of conducive conditions within the property, and any recommendations necessary. If you choose to attend the inspection, a verbal summary of concerns will be communicated at the completion of the assessment. If the client choose to wait for the results, GreenWorks inspectors are available for consultation via phone or email.
The GreenWorks mold inspector will recommend if a mold protocol is then needed.
Mold protocols are work plans produced by a Texas licensed mold assessment consultant for use by a licensed mold remediation contractor on a mold remediation project. Mold remediation protocols are typically written when items or areas have been identified containing an unacceptable amount or type of mold and a client requires an industry recognized method of removal or cleaning instructions. The licensed mold assessment consultant (MAC) is the only licensee authorized by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations to produce a protocol. Protocols are required on all mold remediation projects performed by a licensed mold remediation contractor (MRC) regardless of size/square footage. Projects are registered with the State of Texas if there is 25 contiguous square feet or more of mold visible.
A description of the area where the affected materials are located.
The type of materials that need to be removed, discarded or cleaned.
The amounts (either in sq ft, or linear foot) of the materials that are required to be removed, discarded or cleaned.
The methods that are to be used in each area on each type of material that is to be removed, discarded or cleaned.
The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to be used by the remediator’s people while they are working inside the contaminated/affected area.
The type of containment to be used by the remediator to prevent the spread of aerosolized spores and other contaminants from reaching areas in the structure that have not been contaminated by the mold spores. A containment is a temporary structure made from PVC, wood or Zipwall poles that stretches 6mil polyethylene sheeting and in which there is a negative air machine that pulls air from outside the containment to the inside of the containment and is then exhausted outside the building.
Download the Consumer Mold Information Sheet
Licensed mold assessors and remediators are required to provide a copy of the Consumer Mold Information Sheet to each client and to the property owner, if not the same person, before any mold-related activity begins. This requirement does not apply to mold analysis laboratories or training providers.
Having a protocol means you have the right to a mold clearance inspection and testing which leads to a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation (CMDR). The mold clearance test needs to be conducted after the removal and cleanup of the mold has been conducted, but PRIOR to the reconstruction of any building materials. GreenWorks will verify that all removal and cleaning procedures have been followed per the Texas mold protocol. We will also collect samples to verify the property is safe to occupy.
The CMDR is your legal documentation that your home has undergone a mold remediation and that it has been successfully remediated and cleaned. This document is especially beneficial for legal documentation to insurance and mortgage companies and should you ever decide to sell your home, gives potential buyers peace of mind that the issues were addressed and properly corrected.