You've Got Mold in Your Basement? Now What?
Strategies for Understanding and Correcting Basement Mold
WALLS ARE HOLDING THOUSANDS OF GALLONS OF WATER!
walls can store up to thousands of gallons of water before ever
showing physical signs, such as this display of obvious physical
mold is extremely
common across all climates.
Basement mold is generally directly attributable to a few basic
of the builder to actually waterproof basement when built.
of builder to install drainage pipes and a vapor barrier under the
floor slab coupled with a high water table.
Crawl space with no vapor barrier and or coupled with wet crawl
will briefly discuss each problem and the appropriate remedy as well
as covering the basic strategies offered in our area and why our
systems are SUPERIOR
to all of our so-called "competitors".
far the most common cause of all water problems is the failure of the
builder to apply a waterproof
rated product to the wall when the house is being built. It is a
common misconception that smearing tar on the wall protects the wall
from water and is in fact waterproof.
you ever known anyone that had an asphalt driveway?
often did they Have-To
Re- Seal it?
When I was a kid
growing up two of my neighbors had an ongoing debate about their
driveways. The first swore you needed to seal it every single
year, and he did. The second one swore every two years was
enough. I can still hear them arguing now in my mind's eye... The
sad truth is that according to the US Bureau of Standards asphalt
sealants begin to break down in only 18 months, YIKES!
You see the sad truth is they were both right! And these so called
water-proofers charge an average of ten
to fifteen grand just to dig up the basement and seal it again
using what FAILED
See Tar Has Never
Rated as Waterproof
Did you know that in
the building codes there are actually two separate definitions for
damp-proofing (tar) and waterproofing. Damp proofing by
definition means "something that helps to slow the penetration of
water into the substrate". HHMMM "helps to slow" sounds
quite different than the definition of waterproofing
"something that prevents the penetration of
water" and further must pass a bending test where the membrane
must be able to be bent around a cylinder.
proof sealants are almost all exclusively used and installed
That's because they
are more expensive. The extra costs are what stop the average
contractor from offering you, the homeowner, a product that is
effective and will last and "stand the test of time".
THE MOLD GROWS
produce tiny spores to reproduce. Mold spores waft through the indoor
and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot
indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are
growing on in order to survive. There are molds that can grow on
wood, paper, carpet, fabric, and foods. When excessive moisture
or water accumulates indoors, mold growth will often occur,
particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or
un-addressed. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and
mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold
growth is to control moisture. This information was provided courtesy
of the EPA in the pamphlet: "A
Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home"
basement the walls may not be leaking or puddling physically, yet the
blocks can still be holding thousands of gallons of water. Both
concrete blocks and terra cotta (red brick) tiles are hollow and can
store potentially hundreds even thousands of gallons of water. This
stored water often generates enough humidity to create spontaneous
generation of mold. If the mold is visibly growing on concrete
blocks, it actually isn't. Mold's only job is to de-compose or
break down once living matter. This means: concrete, metal, glass,
plastic, etc... are very poor mediums on which to grow mold. Mold
will however grow on the fine dust that covers just about everything
in a home. This dust, called bio-film, contains all sorts of things
that were once alive (dead skin cells, dust mites, dust-mite feces,
algae, etc...) The mold that grows on non-porous surfaces, using this
dust or bio-film, is the only true surface-only mold that exists.
When a mold grows on things that were once alive it sends its hyphae
(roots) deep into the substrate on average at least 3/16 of an inch.
The "roots" are actually the body of the organism.
see gathered on the surface that we think of as mold, is only the
spore or seeds gathered together by the millions or billions. Ten
thousand spores will fit on the head of a pin, and in just one square
inch there may be over a million.
This presents a serious challenge for any clean up, since when the
mold is disturbed the spores go air-born. That's why most
homeowner and even some contractor attempts to clean up the mold
actually worsen the situation by "planting" the newly air-born
spore all over everything.
words they actually plant new mold problems, while attempting to
clean up the existing one! How horrifying!
MOLD USUALLY MEANS HEALTH PROBLEMS
reason that mold in the basement causes health issues, more than in
almost any other area of the home is that most homes have forced air
heat, and the furnace is in the basement. This means that the furnace
draws in air from the basement and if there is a mold problem it
the moldy air and spores ALL
OVER THE HOUSE!
fact many times I get called in after the homeowners have
spent thousands of dollars to "waterproof"
their basements, and
to turn it into finished
space. All that money and hard work, only to find mold growing on
newly installed drywall. This happened to one of my customers named
Bonnie Rembowski. She had hired a big local company and they
installed an inside system. She then hired a contractor to remodel
her basement. They hung new dry wall and framed new walls. She had
new carpeting installed and everything seemed perfect until ....
kept getting sick.
was treated for recurring bronchitis many times over a period of
about six months. Finally one day Bonnie's doctor suggested to her
that she have her house
checked for mold.
Bonnie called me. I began inspecting the basement and I immediately
began to notice mold growing along the bottom several feet on all the
newly dry-walled walls that had just been "waterproofed". I began
inspecting the inside system and I discovered that :
though a permit was pulled ...
though the drainage pipes were inspected and installed properly...
though there was no puddling or physical seepage...
system was NOT WORKING .
The reason why became apparent after we broke open the floor and
inspected the weep holes- JUST AS I SUSPECTED. The
walls were not draining
do to improper weep hole placement.
that these blocks do not have weep holes drilled where the blocks
meet which is a MUST!
THE BRAND NEW BASEMENT ...
disinfect everything to stop the mold and help her STOP
GETTING SICK. She contacted
the waterproofing company who did the job WRONG.
They told her there was nothing they could do under the warranty
since technically the basement hadn't leaked (it was just DONE
WRONG in the first place).
Bonnie then had to hire us to fix the basement problem TOO!
Unfortunately this is not
the first time this has happened to me and sadly I'm afraid it
WON'T be the last.
DO I TREAT THE MOLD?
there are as many "treatments" for mold as there are remediators
out in the real world offering "mold remediation". Basement mold
problems are especially challenging for a homeowner to solve as the
mold industry has no National Guides so the list of options is
confusing and often indecipherable with the average "mold guy"
promising the latest craze. Mold spores can grow at alarming rates.
mold spore can develop into 12 million in twelve hours!
the mold is feeding on the boards, and what you can see with the
naked eye are millions and millions of them clumped together. What
you can't see are the "roots" The organism itself.
roots of mold grow into the
substrate at least 3/16
of an inch. What we
think of as the mold,the clumped spores, are actually the fruit
or reproductive body like
an apple to an apple tree. Just like with a dandelion, with mold, you
must kill the tap root,
to destroy the organism.
cannot hope to solve a mold problem leaving these roots and treating
only the surface of the wood. Also, the majority of the chemicals
being used on the market today, contain known cancer-causing
chemicals and, worse, do not work on porous surfaces (every surface
in a basement).
there are three basic steps to a mold abatement:
this means performing a minimum of a visual onsite inspection or
inspection of photos or satellite imagery, and or possibly a series
of tests to determine the scope of the infested or problem areas.
Testing can be designed to determine the air-born levels of mold as
well as Determining whether or not mold exists and is growing behind
the walls with a wall cavity sample. Testing can also determine
whether or not there are health risks ascribed to a particular type
of mold. The assessment also involves a written project guide called
a protocol plan
which has been designed by the Mold Inspector specific
to your individual project.
this is the actual establishment of controls to prevent
contaminating the rest of the structure during the clean up as well
as the actual clean up itself. Abatement is the most important
reason to hire a clean-up contractor who has the tools necessary to
keep the rest of the structure from contamination during the clean
Also known as clearance testing or a service warranty designed to
authenticate the work and to verify that the mold clean up was
successful. A series of air test can performed at extra cost to
ensure that the mold levels have been brought to within the same
levels or lower levels than the out door control samples.
THE BASIC SYSTEMS:
mold certifying authorities
recommend putting the basement under negative pressure. This means
using expensive equipment to suck more air into the basement than
escapes from it. The next recommendation is to remove the
contaminated porous materials into plastic bags which are taped shut.
Then to HEPA vacuum the joist boards and ceiling. Next, manually wash
all of the same areas with a detergent solution. Finally to correct
the water source (USUALLY,
Problem: This is an
extremely man hour intensive process that costs a ton of money. It
also does nothing to address the spores (mold seeds) or to address
the roots (the organism itself).
other contractors in the area use a variety of techniques that can be
broken into three main groups: the fog and Encapsulators (spray and
spray painters), the bleach and ozonators, and the franchise users.
group the fog and encapsulators:
by far the most common, I call these guys the spray poison/ spray
painters; these contractors will tell you that all that is necessary
is to go into the basement and fog or spray a "magic" mold
killing chemical and then to "encapsulate" the mold using a
mold inhibiting paint.
of these charlatans will not even admit that their encapsulant is
the paint they use has a heavy
metal added to it like
copper or tin or zinc. Sometimes they have a toxic
chemical added to them to
discourage mold growth. In rare cases the paint itself is made of
special solids which do not lend themselves to mold growth.
problem: These contractors
almost exclusively use fungicides that are not sporicidal. This means
that they do not kill spores and most of them will
not penetrate a porous substrate (like wood).
means that when they apply the "encapsulant" (poison paint) they
are applying it directly over the moldy roots. This is a huge no -no
as the vapor barrier
forming nature of latex paints can cause dew-point to be achieved
between the paint and the wood itself.
huge issue with encapsulating is that it screams to home inspectors
that there was a problem here in the past. Usually only a mold
problem or a fire will result in the basement painting technique
which will scare away
many a worthy buyer out of fear.
you ever seen what happens when you lay a piece of plastic sheeting
or drop-cloth on the ground overnight in the summertime? Did you ever
notice those beads of water or dew? That's because the Earths
temperature in the summertime is cooler than the outdoor air. They
even teach our Navy Seals how to get water from the air in the desert
based on this principle.
is precisely what happens when you treat a basement mold problem with
any kind of encapsulating paint. What happens is this, the paint
begins to delaminate as dew-point is achieved between the paint film
and the wood itself.
many, times, I have seen mold growing
way that happens is this: mold proof or poisoned paint cannot support
mold growth; however if the paint gets a thin coating of dust, the
mold can colonize this dust, called bio-film directly. Bio-film is
composed of dust mites, dead skin cells, dust mite feces pollen
dander and other disgusting things. The mold can start growing on the
dust and then nearly all molds can lay down a sticky enzyme layer and
begin to capture food right out of the air!
year we had to re-treat over 40 of these attic mold jobs, that had
been "professionally treated" in the last year alone!
area was treated by a "certified mold remediator" notice the
paint coming off in strips. Also mold colonies can be seen growing
directly on the "mold proof" paint or "encapsulant". Needless
to say the homeowner had to hire us to correct the "corrected"
problem! These means he had to pay to treat the same space twice!
Ludicrous, but true!
Bleach and Ozonators:
These contractors will go into the basement and spray bleach onto the
wood. The reason is to remove the stains, many of these companies
will not admit they are using bleach! Just ask them what the active
ingredient is in their "stain remover" if it is sodium
hypochlorite " its bleach.
the use of the bleach they usually will run an ozone cannon to get
rid of the strong bleach smell! These contractors usually refuse to
warranty their work.
have even heard the claim that the Ozone cannons they use will
turn the spores into ash.
Balderdash! I have been responsibly using ozone gas for 10 years it
never once turned any mold into ash(or anything like it).
problem: The reason for the
bleaching is entirely
cosmetic. Bleach is a
lousy germicide and is completely ineffective at killing mold or
bacteria on porous
substrates or surfaces. Why?
has an ion structure that prevents
it from penetrating into a porous substrate like wood,
this means it ALWAYS leaves the roots un-harmed.
roots are the most important part to destroy. If you don't kill the
roots, its like yanking a dandelion top in your yard and not pulling
the tap root! Give it a drink of water and it comes right back.
when bleach is used on wood it releases a powerful environmental
toxin called Dioxin.
noxious poison was responsible for destroying the ecosystems near our
paper mills in the pacific northwest and in the southeastern united
States. While the ozone cannons will destroy the chemicals off gassed
by the bleach this technique leaves the complete root structure
intact, and guarantees
that if you ever have a new
water leak the
mold will go right into full production and the mold problem will
These mold contractors
have bought into a "system" or a franchise most often using toxic
chemicals which can harm you and your family.
are typically the least knowledgeable about the topic matter as the
bought the franchise because they were not in the industry.
their warranties aren't worth the paper they are printed on as they
only agree to replace the chemicals if they fail. There is a huge
difference between a product warranty and an "Iron-Clad
the fine print in the warranty makes it worthless. Often these are
money seekers who use low dollar labor, as the owners only bought
into the franchise so they didn't have to work on the job (just
like Subway Sandwich shops).
Soda or Dry Ice Blasters: Some
contractors will tell the customer the truth about all of the
poisonous chemical that are so ineffective that are being used by the
majority of the contractors out there. They will explain some of the
things I will tell you as well. What's necessary they say is not
to use a chemical but rather to abrade or scratch the surface of the
wood with tiny little particles like sand blasting. They either
subscribe to the soda blasting method or the dry ice blasting method.
In both cases the contractor uses a wand attached to a hose and
hopper which is connected to a high power air compressor. The
operator sprays tiny little particles of ground up dry ice or baking
soda at high pressure and high velocity or speed directly against the
end result of either is a pretty, stain-free, normal-looking board.
When these contractors are finished the jobs usually look
great. The reason is simple by "blasting" or abrading the surface
of the wood they are able to remove surface pigmentation or
discoloration of the wood. The pigments are usually located in the
surface first 1/16th
of an inch on the wood. This is the only mechanical removal technique
other than direct surface sanding that will achieve pigment removal
and apparent mold eradication. The use of dry ice results in nothing
left but the gas the soda blasting method requires that tedious labor
intensive tarps are used to catch all the powder that falls to the
what's wrong you ask???? Plenty!!!
during the process, the spores are lofted into the air where they
become invisible to the naked eye. When the process is finished these
spores are left floating, and when the contractor removes his
equipment with the problem looking
solved, they remain
lurking and floating;
just waiting to land and re-contaminate the structure!
the most important reason it is ineffective, has to do with the way
mold grows. Remember how we talked about the dandelion roots? Well
the ice blasting or soda blasting does a great job at removing the
from the moldy wood. This is in the surface layer with the fruit
it doesn't do is to remove the roots!
don't get me wrong it is completely possible to ice blast away enough
wood to remove the roots . But in order to accomplish this the
contractor has to grind away at the wood till 1/2 inch has been
removed! Remember most subfloor are only 3/4 inch thick plywood in
the first place! Additionally, if the joists and subfloor are
blasted away 1/2 inch around all three exposed side your floor is
likely to collapse! This process is just another one of the many
gimmicks that have been tried to charge high prices and to stand out
in the marketplace.
makes you different ,Charlie? Why should I trust you???
I have been a mold victim too, for that reason I CARED enough to
develop the best
to solve your mold problem permanently
and protect your family!
have been in business since 1995 repairing foundations and performing
mold remediation. I also am an Author
and I designed and manufacture my own line of oxygen cannons. In each
of my businesses I have made
revolutionary advances that have literally changed the face of the
Industry by improving existing techniques.
I have also written three books about them. Last year I treated attic
mold, or performed attic mold removal in over 30 states in the Union.
does this affect me and my attic problem, you ask?
I discovered to my surprise about 10 years ago, that the chemicals
that were being used by my so-called mold removal competitors (and
indeed by most of the industry) not only DIDN'T
WORK on porous surfaces...
which is about EVERY
surface that mold would grow on in a house (or duct system too)! I
also discovered that most of these chemicals contain
NO ingredients that KILL
the spores (the most
important but hardest
things to kill) and also ...that they leave behind RESIDUAL
TOXIC CHEMICAL POISONS that
in some case are WORSE
than the poisons the MOLD makes!
I found this out the hard way, cause in the beginning, believe it or
not, back then I used the same
old chemicals that everyone
else in the attic mold
removal/attic mold remediation industry STILL
USES! I was using a
product called IAQ2000. It was EPA registered and Biodegradable,
supposedly safe stuff..... What happened?
you know how I found out that these chemicals didn't work and were
poisonous? I contracted work with three "special Ladies" that got
from the chemicals I
used in their
call these ladies "special" because due to living with extremely
TOXIC mold, they had developed a RARE condition called
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Disorder.
heard of it ? I hadn't.
that time I thought they were nuts, just hair-brained crazy. I mean
their husbands weren't sick, my tests came back clean, and the
jobs looked beautiful.
can honestly say that I thought they were trying to get their money
back for a job WELL DONE.
I had three of them in a row, I decided to try and see if there might
anything at all, to their claims of sickness......
I learned changed my life....and could change your life too, read on
to learn more and change your life.......what I discovered is that
their noses worked actually much BETTER than a "regular" persons
nose (someone without Multiple
Chemical Sensitivity Disorder).
fact their noses were so good they worked just like a blood-hounds'
I began to theorize that maybe I had been POISONING ALL OF MY
CUSTOMERS, but our "regular noses" just couldn't smell it.
quickly began to research. Just what was in those chemicals? After
all, they were EPA approved and biodegradable like (Oxine and
I discovered truly SHOCKED
THEN HORRIFIED ME...
EPA routinely approves products that contain known carcinogens
(those are CANCER CAUSING
quickly realized that I needed to do some research and if necessary
change the chemicals that I used -FAST! So I got together with
some of the country's top scientists.
met many very, very smart people who had already devoted their ENTIRE
LIVES to the cause. I read TONS
of material about mold and the different ways to KILL
MOLD. I took ALL
of the good ideas
that I learned from all these sources and EXPERTS and...
them all together into a system
that is absolutely LETHAL
to mold but remains SAFE
for the entire family! In fact it leaves behind NO
poisons that can make people sick. It cost me a SMALL
to do. But I developed this non poison based system for
you and your family!
DETAILED CLEANING, IS OFTEN OVERLOOKED BY MOST MOLD-CLEANING
1 Prepping the home Set Up Containment Air Scrubbers/ Negative
Pressure: The first thing we do
is Site Preparation. We isolate the basement from the rest of the
house. We put down protective paper through the walkways of the house
leading to where we will be working. We segregate the contaminated
parts from the uncontaminated parts where we will be doing the gross
removal of the mold building materials. We then set up air scrubbers
and negative pressure. This important step protects your home, and
guarantees no staining or dirt is carried into the carpets in the
home. Your house is
important to us we will
treat you as if we were working on our mothers own house!
the mold/Remove Moldy building materials and damaged contents:
We SATURATE all of the moldy joists and subflooring with a special
top secret disinfectant the uses the amazing power of Hydrogen
Peroxide nature's miracle disinfectant.
reason we start with this is that when mold senses it is being
attacked, has a simple defense mechanism. It releases its spores
into the air into an invisible or a visible cloud, a phenomenon
called bursting or sporulation.
Can you see this spore cloud?
of spores are released just by disturbing the mold!
Sorta' like "argh, ya got me....now
here suffer the wrath of my babies! By using an atomizing
fogger we literally
saturate the surfaces, killing the mold and also mechanically washing
the air itself, with tiny little particles of H2O2.
Peroxide is unique among
the mold killing chemicals as it is one of only two
liquids I know of that will
completely destroy a spore
(mold seed), without
being poisonous to humans
(the other is colloidal silver).
fact, it leaves behind only water. The way it works is this: when you
pour hydrogen peroxide onto a cut and you see it start to fizz a
simple chemical reaction occurs. Hydrogen peroxide is H2O2
which is water H2O
or free radical oxygen.
The free radical oxygen molecule is what does all of the killing.
When it is done killing the mold via oxidization, all
that is left behind is pure water!
breaking the H2O2 into tiny micron sized particles, then adding our
secret ingredients, it not only saturates the wood , it "washes
the air" just like the rain "washes" it in nature, except our
"rain" is microscopic particles of H2O2!
way we kill the majority of the spores before they can spread all
over. This maximizes worker safety and increases customer protection
should a containment, fail.
the Moldy Building Materials!
our men begin the tedious labor intensive demolition process.
Removing all contaminated porous building materials and stored
contents. Demolition is hard work, and is especially hot and
difficult with restricted breathing in a Tyvec suit wearing a
respirator. The bagged debris is then removed and put into a
3: Getting Rid Of The Evidence- Removing the Stains!
This is absolutely a must,
because while stain removal is truly only cosmetic in nature, failure
to remove the stains will result in untrained eyes (home inspectors )
believing that the mold is still active. Removing
the stains is the least
important step scientifically,
but it is the MOST IMPORTANT
are two basic methods we use for performing stain removal, either
chemically or via soda blasting. We either apply the stain removing
solution, to the wood and wait, or we go through the more costly and
time consuming process of soda blasting the wood. The chemical
process relies on the use of sodium hypochlorite a strong bleaching
soda blasting process is more labor consuming and costly. Both will
effectively offer you a fresh new clean looking mold free basement
will amaze the realtor and or new home buyer.
is the differential, deciding factor and we leave which process to
use entirely up to you.
4 Kill the Roots- Keep the Mold From Returning-Borate application
walls Joists and Decking Boards:
Next and most important to the
warranty and long term efficacy of the process we actually impregnate
the wood with an environmentally friendly TOP SECRET borate solution.
This is made from an extremely finely ground and
a cousin to the old fashioned 20 mule team Borax we use in our
laundry, coupled with a proprietary additive and mixing procedure.
This product is absolutely
amazing. It was designed to
penetrate the substrate a full inch (remember mold roots only grow
3/16's of an inch into the wood).
It not only prevents all hosts of
decay and dry rot fungi but it also prevents wood boring insects
carpenter ants beetles and termites.
Imagine, you get
a complete two-for-one bonus!
Imagine, Mold proofing and bug proofing in one fell swoop!
5: Get the Hidden Spores We Miss-The Gas Out! :
Lastly, years ago when
researching a safe non toxic residue mold killer, I discovered that
the scientists at Los Alamos national laboratory (where the atomic
bomb was developed) have extensively studied how to decontaminate
a civil facility like a house
or office building
that has been contaminated by a spore based pathogen like toxic mold.
scientists concluded that if you only
follow the guidelines recommended for mold remediation recommended by
every national mold certifying organization out there (IAQA, NAMP,
IESO, IICRC Etc.) that you will leave the structure contaminated with
spores after all attempts at clean up have been performed.
concluded that in order to fully
decontaminate the structure/ area
it is absolutely necessary to fill it full of toxic levels of a
reactive gas, like ozone otherwise known as activated oxygen or O3.
This gas penetrate the nooks and crannies and crevices in the attic
and especially down into the insulation, where the liquid based
chemicals/products can't penetrate.... The use of the gas out is
necessary in guaranteeing the destruction of any invisible spores we
remediators might have missed, because
we can't see them
(ten thousand to two hundred thousand spores can fit on the head of a
right, no matter how experienced my men are, they don't have
microscopes for eyes. This means that they cannot see the airborne or
individual spores (and neither can you).
Circulating this Oxygen gas throughout we guarantee to destroy the
invisible spores that we might have missed!
super powerful ozone generators fill the attic with an oxygen gas
destroying mold, spores, viruses, bacteria, bugs, MVOC's and
step is so important that I was not satisfied with the existing ozone
machines that were available for use in the ozone industry.
got so fed up with them that I invented my own complete line of ozone
machines and equipment for use by homeowners like you and contractors
like me; you can see them at www.ozonegenerator20000.com
6 Clean Up Our Mess Wrap-up! :
Finally we fog out our staging areas and any other areas of the
property we've utilized guaranteeing we completely eliminate all
threats to occupants. We remove our plastic. We remove the protective
and we give you your house back in the same condition we found it
except mold free!
Kill the mold with a special Hydrogen Peroxide based disinfectant.
eliminate the stains.
impregnate the wood with a liquid non-toxic borate solution that
makes it mold-proof and prevent wood borers carpenter ants and
impregnate the dirt or stones with a powdered non-toxic borate
solution that prevents mold wood borers carpenter ants and termites.
gas out the rest of the basement to eliminate the spores we missed.
clean up our mess!
perform the required ventilation repairs to eliminate the source of
the moisture problem this includes installing power vents, and our
Vapor barrier Membrane system, We can even pour a concrete slab.
Guarantee our work for LIFE!!!!
process is far more effective and contains more steps than any other
company in the Nation. We are so sure of it we offer the very best
warrantees in the industry protect both your home and your wallet.
Charlie, How Can I Hire You To Treat My Crawlspace, I Live Far Away
a question that I get asked every day.....
you hire us, you hire the Nations #1 Attic Basement and Crawl space
reason is really simple: We started working for Major lenders (Banks)
over 8 years ago. These Banks have mortgages on houses all over the
USA. When one of their loans goes into foreclosure and the property
develops a water problem, mold is quick to follow.
began offering our Banks Nationwide service over 5 years ago.
Basically the way it works is this: A Bank or asset manager will
email me with an address for a house and some basic interior photos
with a realtors phone number. We interview the realtor and prepare a
bid, for a project we have never seen. When the bid is awarded we
dispatch a crew of highly experienced mold professionals, who always,
always, always, perform an on-site inspection prior to performing any
does this apply to my basement???? You ask????
after becoming so successful at covering such a wide territory, for
banks, we began to target Attic and Crawlspace projects nationwide.
We have become the Nations #1 Attic and Crawlspace Mold Experts
do we do it?
The reason is simple, attics and
crawlspaces have a limited number of variables. Whether your attic or
crawlspace has the most toxic mold or the least toxic mold - We
treat it the exact same way with the exact same protocol.
with recent advances in satellite imagery we can zoom right in to
your house and look directly at it.
county auditors are now storing a foundation blueprint online that
can be used to measure the perimeter feet and square feet of the
and every day our qualified inspectors or myself, submit dozens
estimates for attics, crawlspace, and REO mold projects nationwide!
though we never inspect ahead of time, when we do inspect our Project
leaders routinely un-cover things that were missed by home inspector
or other local mold professionals nationwide!
this week a customer named Steph K. of New Hampshire hired us to
treat a moldy attic. She had become convinced by a home inspector and
3 local mold companies that the source of the mold was an improperly
vented dryer, that had been vented directly into the attic.
told Steph, that it was unlikely that the dryer vent alone could
result in the mold problem, but that it was more likely just an
exacerbating factor. Steph however remained unconvinced - but she did
hire us.... She hired us for the same reason you shall hire us
because the process we use is superior to other contractors.
Eric arrived, he performed our initial inspection. He uncovered an
improperly vented bathroom fan that was flat out missed by 1 home
inspector and three "local mold guys"!
only did they miss the bathroom fan, also, the soffit ventilation was
being impeded by baffles and packed with blown in insulation. We
installed a proper direct vent roof kit and painstakingly removed the
insulation that was packing the soffits!!!
long does it take?
we can complete a large basement mold project in 1-4 days... The work
is done by a two-4 man crew, who work exclusively on attic basement
and crawlspace mold problems day in day out, week in week out, year
in year out, all over the country. These men have seen more
foundation types, and more mold types and more attic basement and
crawlspace mold situations...
....Than any other attic basment or
crawl space mold removal professionals I know!!!!!
year alone we handled projects in over 30 states!!!!!
there is basement dewatering work to perform, or if the stains are
especially stubborn the work can take up to 7 full days... The
average project time however is 1-3 full days...
can prep the job, perform the process steps, and correct simple
ventilation issues in one single day.
We don't mess around, when you get
us, you get our men, who are dedicated professionals.
Dedicated to helping your family
breathe free and easy for years to come! You get the service you
want, and the results you need, at the price you can afford every
Much Does it Cost??????
prices that are currently being charged by other companies can vary
significantly based on geography, and region. Average crawlspace or
attic remediation only costs vary from 1500 to 6000 with an average
of about 2500-3000 nationwide.
clean-up costs are not average
as some basements are finished and need drywall or paneling removal
and some are not.
Costs vary widely.....
are always contractors in every area of the country who will tell
homeowners that their entire roof needs replacement after going
through an extensive remediation and routinely charge tens of
thousands of dollars for projects that could be handled for only a
companies want to tell you to replace your entire roof (boards and
all) or all of the sub-flooring in a crawl space, and these estimates
often range anywhere from 10 grand to 30 grand, and routinely don't
even solve the problem. Here's why: What happens is they see mold
as a good way to land a big job to unsuspecting homeowners, and don't
realize that nearly always the mold is caused by ventilation problems
inside the attic and not on the roof. Even though any good roofer
should understand an attic should have proper intake (soffit) vents,
and proper exhaust vents (ridge, gable, box... but not more than 1
type, because it will disrupt the proper airflow!).
tell the homeowner they should replace an entire roof and then often
will re-install improper ventilation or won't correct things like
bathroom improperly venting into the attic. More often it is a mold
company who partners with a sister company to get a kickback on the
roofing project! They try the same thing for the crawlspace telling a
home owner that the sub floor must be removed- Balderdash!
Charlie, What does your system cost?????
don't know what kind of house you have or what type of construction
it is, however if you will fill out the form for a free estimate, I
will get you a FREE estimate within 24hours! Be sure to include your
name address city state zip code and telephone number and an
Inspector or myself will return your call, quickly.
matter where you live, every single estimate I have every delivered
has come with my amazingly simple Rock-Bottom Best Price Guarantee.
you are the kind of shopper to whom, price alone, is more important
than quality, I absolutely guarantee that as long as the scope of
the work and square footage is the same, I will Match or Beat any
local competitors price, Guaranteed
what some of our friends have had to say!
are a large Fanny Mae / R.E.O. brokerage. When we have a mold house
we call Mold Solutions. Over the years they have immediately
responded every time we have asked and if the work is ordered, they
can complete even extremely large projects quickly and safely. We
trust them so much Matt had them waterproof his OWN
and Kelli Beckett Realty Executive Decisions, Columbus, Ohio
time I have a mold problem or a wet basement I call Mold Solutions.
Their immediate response and Best Price Guarantee has helped me many
They have even called potential buyers for me long after the clean up
and explained their process to ease fears and help me complete the
Fatobene, Principi Realty, Warren, Ohio
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We're so confident in our process that if mold grows back on
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competitor possesses our techniques or our commitment to customer
satisfaction and quality. If price is the ONLY important factor to
guarantee to BEAT
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Contractor reserves the right to refrain if recommendations and scope
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