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Consumer Mold Information Part 8

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is a licensed Mold Remediation Company in the state of Texas and we have a licensed Mold Remediation Contractor on staff.

Can property owners do mold assessment or
remediation on their own property without being
licensed?
Yes. A homeowner can take samples for mold or
clean it up in the home without a license. An owner, or a managing agent or employee of an owner of a residential property is not required to be licensed, unless the property has 10 or more residential dwelling units. For non-residential properties, an owner or tenant, or a managing agent or employee of an owner or tenant, is not required to be licensed to do mold assessment or remediation on property owned or leased by the owner or tenant, unless the mold contamination affects a total surface area of 25 contiguous square feet or more. 

Source: Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Continuing Education Class Reminder

3/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch would like to remind you that we have a continuing education class coming up on March 21,2019. The curriculum is Fire Damage #24747 and is a 4 hour course. The course will be held at:

Homewood Suites

215 Richland Hills Drive

San Antonio, Texas 78245

210-509-7770

The registration will begin at 8:00 A.M. with the course starting promptly at 8:30 A.M. Breakfast foods will be served along with snacks. Please bring your drivers license and agent or adjuster number to the class to insure that you receive credit for attending. 100% attendance is required in order to receive CE credits. Please RSVP to 210-670-9591. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

3/17/2019 (Permalink)

What does St. Patrick's Day and SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch have in common? The color Green!

Interesting St. Patrick's Day Facts:

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are a few interesting St. Patrick’s Day facts!

  • Saint Patrick didn’t wear green. His color was “Saint Patrick’s blue.” The color green became associated with St. Patrick’s Day after it was linked to the Irish independence movement in the late 18th century.
  • Despite his Irish notoriety, Saint Patrick was British. He was born to Roman parents in Scotland or Wales in the late fourth century.
  • According to Irish legend, Saint Patrick used the shamrock as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity when he was first introducing Christianity to Ireland.
  • Saint Patrick is credited for driving the snakes out of Ireland, but according to the fossil record, Ireland has never been home to snakes as it was too cold to host reptiles during the Ice Age. The surrounding seas have kept snakes out since.
  • Irish immigrants began observing St. Patrick’s Day in Boston in 1737 and the first St. Patrick’s Day parade in America was held in New York City in 1766.
  • In Chicago, the Plumbers Local 110 union dyes the river Kelly green. The dye lasts for around five hours.
  • On or around St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish taoiseach, or prime minister, presents the U.S. president with a crystal bowl of live shamrocks as a symbol of the close ties between the two countries.
  • Source: WorldStrides

Consumer Mold Information Part 7

3/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is a licensed Mold Remediation Company and has a licensed Mold Remediation Contractor on staff.

What is a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation?

No later than the 10th day after a mold remediation project stop date, the remediation contractor must sign and give you a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation. The licensed mold assessment consultant who conducted the post-remediation assessment must also sign the certificate. The consultant must truthfully state on the certificate that the mold contamination identified for the project has been remediated and whether the underlying cause of the mold has been corrected. (That work may involve other types of professional services that are not regulated by the mold rules, such as plumbing or
carpentry.) Receiving a certificate documenting that the underlying cause of the mold was remediated is an advantage for a homeowner. It prevents an insurer from making an underwriting decision on the residential property based on previous mold damage or previous claims for mold damage. If you sell your property, the law requires that you provide the buyer a copy of all certificates you have received for that property within the preceding five years.

Source: Texas Department of Licensing and Registration.

Consumer Mold Information Part 6

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is a licensed Mold Remediation Company and has a licensed Mold Remediation Contractor on staff.

What is "mold remediation?"

Mold remediation is the cleanup and removal of
mold growth from surfaces and/or contents in a
building. It also refers to actions taken to prevent
mold from growing back. Licensed mold
remediation contractors must follow a mold
remediation protocol as described above and their
own mold remediation work plan that provides
specific instructions and/or standard operating
procedures for how the project will be done.
Before a remediation project can be deemed
successful, a mold assessment consultant must
conduct a post-remediation assessment. This is an inspection to ensure that the work area is free from all visible mold and wood rot, the project was completed in compliance with the remediation protocol and remediation work plan, and that it meets all clearance criteria that were specified in the protocol. The assessment consultant must give you a passed clearance report documenting the results of this inspection. If the project fails clearance, further remediation as prescribed by a consultant will be necessary.

Source: Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

Daylight Savings Time

3/10/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch here to remind you that daylight savings time begins at 2:00 A.M. Set your clocks forward one hour.

THE HISTORY OF DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

Does changing the clocks really provide benefits? We’ll let you be the judge. 

BLAME BEN?

Benjamin Franklin’s “An Economical Project,” written in 1784, is the earliest known proposal to “save” daylight. It was whimsical in tone, advocating laws to compel citizens to rise at the crack of dawn to save the expense of candlelight:

Every morning, as soon as the Sun rises, let all the bells in every church be set ringing: and if that is not sufficient, let cannon be fired in every street to wake the sluggards effectually… . Oblige a man to rise at four in the morning, and it is probable that he will go willingly to bed at eight in the evening.”

Source:The Old Farmers Almanac.

Consumer Mold Information Part 5

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is a licensed Mold Remediation Company in the state of Texas and has a licensed Mold Remediation Contractor on staff.

What is meant by "clearance criteria?"

Clearance criteria refer to the level of “cleanliness” that must be achieved by the persons conducting the mold cleanup. It is important to understand and agree with the mold assessment consultant prior to starting the project as to what an acceptable clearance level will be, including what will be acceptable
results for any air sampling or surface sampling for mold. There are no national or state standards for a “safe” level of mold. Mold spores are a natural part of the environment and are always present at some level in the air and on surfaces all around us.

Source: Texas Department of Licensing and Registration

Consumer Mold Information Part 4

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is a licensed Mold Remediation Company in the State of Texas and has a licensed Mold Remediation Contractor on staff.

What is "mold assessment?"

Mold assessment is an inspection of a building by a mold assessment consultant or technician to evaluate whether mold growth is present and to what extent. Samples may be taken to determine the amount and types of mold that are present; however sampling is not necessary in many cases. When mold cleanup is necessary, a licensed mold assessment consultant can provide you with a mold remediation protocol. A protocol must specify the estimated quantities and locations of materials to be remediated, methods to be used and clearance criteria that must be met.

Source: Texas Department of Licensing and Registration.

Consumer Mold Information Part 3

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is a licensed Mold Remediation Company and has a licensed Mold Remediation Contractor on staff.

How can I know if someone is licensed?

A licensed individual is required to carry a current TDLR license certificate with the license number on it. A search tool and listings of currently licensed companies and individuals can be found at:

https://www.tdlrtexas.gov/LicenseSearch/.

Source: Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Consumer Mold Information Part 2

2/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Alamo Ranch is a licensed Mold Remediation Company in the State of Texas, and has a licensed Mold Remediation Contractor on staff.

How does Texas regulate businesses that do testing for mold or that do mold cleanup?

Applicants for a mold remediation worker registration must have training and pass a criminal history background in order to be registered by TDLR. Laboratories that analyze mold samples must be licensed and meet certain qualifications. The rules set minimum work practices and procedures and also require licensees to follow a code of ethics. To prevent conflicts of interest, the rules also prohibit a licensee from conducting both mold assessment and mold remediation on the same project. While the rules regulate the activities of mold licensees when they are doing mold-related activities, the rules do not require any property owner or occupant to clean up mold or to have it cleaned up.

Source: Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.