How HVAC Mistakes Can Lead to Mold Headaches

A seemingly perfectly maintained house can develop mold problems without immediate detection due to problems in an HVAC system. If the system was not properly installed or it is improperly operated, ripe conditions can create moisture in the HVAC that allows mold to lurk and grow.
For this reason, Green Star Eco Services likes to accompany HVAC companies on seasonal tune-up jobs and other home visits to inspect for mold in A/C ductwork, the plenum, supply boxes and other surrounding areas, such as ceilings and attics.

Many Houston Neighborhoods Still Recovering from Harvey

It continues to be a long, hard slog for many Houston homeowners trying to emerge from the mess created by the unprecedented flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

One factor that compounded the woes several months later was rushed restoration work at the outset. To be sure, some of the crews may have been well-intentioned, but they did not perform demolition and rebuilding work with mold abatement in mind. As a result, some Harvey-hit houses now need a professional-grade mold cleanup.

How Could a Newly Constructed Home Contain Mold?

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 […]

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

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 leak above, it turns out).

Mold Will Flourish When a Flooded House is Rebuilt Too Soon

We 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.

What’s the Difference Between Remediation and Restoration?

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.