Helping 100+ Families Return Home

after the flood caused by Hurricane Harvey that destroyed their condos and belongings. Here we document the water restoration and mold remediation project for The Pines Condominium in Memorial (Houston), Texas

HURRICANE HARVEY, GOVERNOR'S DISASTER DECLARATION

On November 1st 2017, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation waived the assessment requirements for the duration of the governor’s disaster declaration. This waiver applies to in-state licensed mold remediators and out-of-state mold remediators for the duration of the declaration.
Entities or persons who do not have a Texas license to perform remediation MAY NOT sign a Certificate of Mold Damage Remediation (CMDR). Only mold assessment consultants and mold remediation contractors with a current Texas license may sign the CMDR’s top section and only if the Texas Mold Assessment and Remediation Rules (TMARR) are followed in their entirety.

HERE IS HOW THE CONDOS LOOKED WHEN WE ARRIVED

SHEETROCK & CONTENT WAS REMOVED
Most of the sheetrock has been removed by volunteers and property owners after Harvey. Most of the condos had power when we arrived.
BACKER BOARD WAS ALSO REMOVED
The gyp board that works as a moisture barrier between the bricks and wooden studs (aka backer-board) had also been removed as shown in this picture.
LOTS OF MOLD FOUND DUE TO THE FLOOD
We found mold by a simple visual inspection in a big percentage of the condos. This picture shows the typical condition of the doors.
MORE MOLD FOUND ON SHEETROCK
We found mold on some of the exterior and interior walls as shown in the picture above.
MOLD FOUND ON SOME OF THE NEWLY REPAIRED WALLS

Unfortunately the high moisture and humidity in the vacant units made conditions right for mold growth.

HIGH LEVEL OF HUMIDITY INSIDE THE CONDOS
Most of the units had a humidity level of 68 percent or more on the day we arrive arrived. These conditions help the growth of mold.

PHASE 1: DEMOLITION

REMOVAL OF INTERIOR WALLS SHEETROCK
Interior walls’ sheetrock that was damaged were trimmed in a straight line to simpilfy the build back process.
REMOVAL OF EXTERIOR WALL SHEETROCK
Exterior and common walls’ sheetrock needed to be removed from floor to ceiling because the insulation was in the flood water for almost two weeks.
BATHTUBS AND TOILETS ARE REMOVED
Bath tubs and toilets were removed to allow the mold assessment consultant to thoroughly inspect the wood framing.
DOORS ARE REMOVED
Entry doors are removed due to excessive water damage.
HEATING, VENTILATION & AIR CONDITIONING DUCTS
To reduce the risk of mold spores being spread within each condo, we strongly recommend the cleaning of the air conditiong and heating air ducts.
REMOVAL OF ALL DEBRIS
All debris is removed in preparation for the detail cleaning process.

PHASE 2: DETAIL CLEANING & THEN DEHUMIDIFY

FLOORS AND STUDS ARE DETAIL CLEANED
All floors and studs are detailed cleaned and treated with biocide in preparation for containment and dehumidification.
CONTAINMENT: SEALING OFF TO EXTERIOR WEATHER
All units are sealed off by a critical barrier to efficiently dehumidify each unit.
SEALING OFF EVERYTHING
It was important to seal the interior to best of our ability from the outside environment. The picture above shows how a corner of a window had to be sealed off given the glass was broken.
DEHUMIDIFYING THE CONTAINED CONDOS
Once a condo is contained and sealed off from exterior weather, we place the dehumidifiers to bring moisture content below 55%.
BRINGING HUMIDITY DOWN & REMOVING MOISTURE
A dehumidifier absorbs the moisture and water content through the equipment and then drained through a hose that is placed in an interior drain as shown above. We dehumidify until the moisture content does not exceed 17% in the wood framing.
HUMIDITY IS BROUGHT DOWN BELOW 50 PERCENT
After a few days of running the dehumidification equipment, we take measurements to confirm if we have achieved the goal of bringing humidity below 55%, and the moisture content and the framing to 17% or below. The picture shows the humidity dropped to 36.6%.