Moldology

When clients are flooded and/or confronted with mold, we arrive to remediate and resolve the problem. We share our tips for mold cleanup, water damage, smoke damage and other specialized household restoration.


How Could a Newly Constructed Home Contain Mold?

3/27/2018 - East Tex Eco Services

Is it possible for a newly-built house to have mold? Yes, if any of the building materials were moldy, then a contamination was effectively built into the home.



We have actually seen this scenario play out. We also know a homeowner who recognized mold on the framing of his house during construction and recently called us in to sanitize the wood before the construction continued.



The wood in this particular house was dirty in some places and mo...

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Mold Trifecta: Leaky Roof, Bathroom and A/C Ductwork

3/14/2018 - East Tex Eco Services

We often get calls for a classic mold remediation job caused by water damage in one area of a home and these can be caused by a single incident, such as a burst pipe or a broken water heater. And sometimes, a home contains mold from multiple water sources.



That was the case with a Houston-area home we remediated: it had a leaking roof causing damage in a front room as well as water escaping from a bathroom tub into a wall below, and finally, old ductwork dripping into a ceiling. In this situation, the homeowners called because they saw water stains on a ceiling (from the roof lea...

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Mold Will Flourish When a Flooded House is Rebuilt Too Soon

1/2/2018 - East Tex Eco Services

MoldWe often stress the importance of assuring a flooded house is properly sanitized and thoroughly dried out before rebuilding.



Unfortunately, we are now seeing fresh examples, a few months after the Hurricane Harvey flooding, of houses with new mold growing because the rebuild was rushed.



Exhibit A: We recently tore out brand-new sheetrock from a rebuilt house. After the flood, another company was...

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What’s the Difference Between Remediation and Restoration?

9/26/2017 - East Tex Eco Services

After Hurricane Harvey, we got a lot of calls for people wanting us to remediate their homes. As it turned out, virtually all of these homes needed restoration, not remediation. What’s the difference, you ask?



Technically speaking, remediation is mold treatment in a controlled environment. A flood recovery is anything but a controlled environment. The home’s envelope is open, walls all around the structure are torn out, workers are coming and going, and there is likely contaminated silt from the flood in the space.



Restoration is typically what you see after a...

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Sanitize and Dry Out Your Home Before Rebuilding After a Flood

9/15/2017 - East Tex Eco Services

This weekend, many homeowners will continue the process of cleaning up in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. If they have completed the demolition and removed all wet materials, they now are looking to assure the structure is sanitized and completely dried out before putting up new sheetrock.



“The first step, the best thing you can do is remove all the nasty, wet stuff from your house. That water isn’t just river water. It’s Class 3 sewage water, so anything that has been in contact with that water should really be thrown out,” Marc Patel, president of East-T...

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