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Mold Inspection Sciences Texas COO, Mike Marshall

 

We’re pleased to share this mold awareness interview from Mold Inspection Sciences Texas COO, Mike Marshall, who was called on by Darian Trotter, reporter, and consumer “Problem Solver” at NBC 4 News and Fox 29 in San Antonio. Whether you reside in the beautiful state of Texas or elsewhere, it’s important to remember that mold can potentially make it into your home or property just about anywhere. In Texas, it’s normal to see the climate significantly impact the interior of both homes and commercial properties alike.

 

It bothers me. I can smell it. I smell the mildew like someone left a rag here.

 

Infrared Camera in Use

 

This Texan --who wished to remain anonymous--reached out for help when she thought mold was growing in her apartment due to a plumbing leak that saturated her ceiling, causing it to collapse. As it turns out, wiping up the excess moisture and slapping on a fresh coat of paint doesn’t exactly make the problem go away. On top of that, she is now facing the same issues under the floor of her second bathroom. To help really determine what’s lies beneath, Darian and the San Antonio Problem Solver News Team brought in Mold Inspection Sciences Texas and Mike in their report “How to clean up mold problems in your home.

 

More Infrared Camera Usage

Water loss under sink

 

As mold inspectors, we work independently from remediators, those who remove mold and clean, performing a detailed inspection and sampling of indoor air and/or surfaces to help determine if remediation is truly needed. Even if mold is visible, like we see in some instances of this interview, it’s hard to tell the extent of remediation required without testing samples. In the first bathroom of this woman's apartment, Mike immediately saw that there had been water damage. Through the use of his moisture meter, Mike was able to confirm that the ceiling was still 44% saturated.

 

Moisture Meter

Measuring moisture content

Part of our investigation is to find out where that water loss may be coming from. You can see here we definitely have signs of recent water loss. We’re reading about 44% saturated.

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Moisture meter

Moisture meter

Mike also moved through the apartment with his FLIR infrared camera to investigate other potential areas of moisture intrusion.

As this report shared, mold growth is prevalent in about 70% of homes. All it takes is a leaky faucet, heavy rain, or any unaddressed source of moisture.

 

Plan to deal with mold

 

For those dealing with a mold issue, Mike advises hiring an experienced and certified professional who is licensed in mold inspection and testing to conduct an investigation. If a mold issue is detected in the home, then a removal plan can be developed. A trusted remediation company won’t and shouldn’t start a project without a mold remediation protocol developed by a third-party mold assessor. Without a third-party the there is a conflict of interest to the client.

Also, every mold problem is different and the proper remediation protocol may be different as well. The last thing you want is to revisit the same mold issue more than once, that means more hassle, time, and  money.

 

The mold remediation company that’s licensed is going to have to work under my recommendations and what I tell them to remove.

Mold like growth

 

This report also shares the story of another mold issue at a different complex, where mold visibly covered the walls from floor to ceiling.

Dorian Castro of Spotless Property Maintenance weighed in on the conversation after being asked to “cut corners” when working to address this issue. “When I walked in, I just gasped for air because the stench was so strong,” Castro said. “Looking up and down from the floor to the ceiling, to the vents… the mold was just heavy.”

When the apartment complex owner asked Castro if the mold could simply be painted over instead of addressed, Castro replied, “Absolutely not.” To which Mike commended him. If mold is ignored or only treated superficially, there is always the risk of coming back.

If you’re just painting over it, it’s a band-aid on a much bigger problem.

 

What to do

 

Current Texas law does not require landlords to report high concentrations of mold in rental properties, but they are required to address the issues once it has been reported to them by a tenant. 

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About the author

Paul Sterling

Paul is the CTO at Mold Inspection Sciences Texas, Inc.

He has had a passion for helping people ensure their indoor air quality is as good as possible. Paul is the co-creator of Moldware, the industry leading system used by Mold Inspection Sciences to deliver our 5-star service and maintain our commitment to integrity at every step of the assessment process.

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