Case Studies

Burst Pipe

Location: Alexandria VA, 22315

Problem: The apartment above our customer's apartment had a broken pipe while they were away. The pipe flowed for hours before the Fire Department shut off the water for the building. Her entire apartment was flooded with most of the damage to her bathroom which was directly below the broken pipe.

Solution: AdvantaClean responded immediately after the phone call and by midnight had the carpets extracted, fans and dehumidifiers working to stop further damage. Over the next couple of days, we dried everything out, sanitized and stopped the mold growth before it could start. Proactive measures to prevent mold growth is key to water damage response, and this was certainly a successful mitigation.

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Radon Mitigation System

Location: Alexandria, VA 22308

Problem: This customer had a radon level of 7.3 and wanted a mitigation system installed. The basement was finished except for the closet under the stairs.

Solution: We installed a sub-slab depressurization system with an internally mounted radon fan. The fan was in the attic and exhausted through the roof.

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Vaulted Church Ceilings

Location: Arlington, VA 22206

Problem: When this church called us to do an air duct cleaning in the sanctuary, we saw at once it would be a challenge to clean the vents in the vaulted ceilings above the pews.

Solution: These photos show how we solved the technical problem. We needed to clean the distribution vents above the pews but couldn't move the pews. Working with Sunbelt, we found a solution and thoroughly cleaned the ceiling and vent covers that had been unreachable.

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Crawl Space Mold & Moisture Project

Location: Arlington, VA 22206

Problem: A customer called us with concerns about mold. There had been a lot of moisture in the crawl space and mold developed.

Solution: We were able to remediate the mold and install a substantial vapor barrier to help prevent the return of mold by controlling the moisture evaporating from the soil in the crawl space.

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Fixing Failed Vapor Barrier

Location: Alexandria, VA 22308

Problem: This customer had a new vapor barrier installed recently, but found water on top of it after a storm. It seems the new vapor barrier was not installed correctly and allowed groundwater to come into the crawl space.

Solution: AdvantaClean installed a drainage system with a sump pump, a dehumidifier, and encapsulated the crawlspace with 12 mil fiber reinforced polyvinyl sheeting.

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Warped Flooring - Moisture and Mold

Location: Arlington, VA 22206

Problem: The customer had a moisture issue with his basement. Water somehow penetrated the exterior wall, a little at a time and was under the laminate flooring. The first indication was not a puddle, it was warped flooring. He called AdvantaClean on a recommendation from a previous customer.

Solution: We isolated the location of the water penetration and found a small gap in the siding. We also found some dark colored base plates for the wall framing. We suspected and confirmed mold behind the wall. Fortunately, the damage to the walls was contained to a small area and we were able to correct the mold issue for them.

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A Musty Basement

Location: Alexandria, VA 22308

Problem: The customer noticed a musty smell in her basement and found mold on a few items stored there. During my inspection, I found mold on the back of the carpet and the tackless strips, behind the baseboards and under the steps down into the basement.

Solution: Once we started the project, we found that the mold went much higher up behind the walls. The project grew because there had been a flood years ago and mold growth that was hidden until we found it during a post-remediation test. The remediated area passed but the un-remediated area had a high mold count until we took care of the additional area. Once we did, the basement was clean and clear of mold.

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Mold on Furniture

Location: Arlington, VA 22206

Problem: The tenant noticed mold on her furniture and dark residue around the air conditioning vents. We found elevated moisture levels in the basement wall at the front of the home. When we removed part of the wall, we found more mold behind the wall.

Solution: We followed our protocols and contained the mold behind the walls while we remediated the area. We did an air duct cleaning and anti-microbial cleaning of the furniture and horizontal surfaces.

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Dryer Vent Cleaning

Location: Alexandria, VA 22308

Problem: This customer had difficulty with the dryer not performing up to standard, and taking more than one cycle to dry the clothes.

Solution: After we came out and did the dryer vent cleaning, the built-up lint was cleared out and the dryer now runs more efficiently.

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Flooded Crawlspace Mold Remediation

Location: Alexandria, VA 22308

Problem: The owners knew they had a mold problem and called AdvantaClean to propose a solution. My inspection found 3 inches of water in the crawlspace. The first phase of the project was to prevent the water from coming into the crawlspace. I recommended a landscaping company to complete this part of the project. Phase 2 was to install a drain system to collect and remove the water that seeped into the crawl space. Phase 3 is to remediate the mold.

Solution: We installed drain pipe, dug a hole for a sump pit, installed a sump pump and piped it to discharge where the natural grade of the land would carry the water away from the home. Once the mold was remediated, the crawlspace was usable again.

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Mold Removal for Basement Remodel

Location: Arlington, VA 22206

Problem: The owners of this home found mold in their basement when they went to remodel their basement.

Solution: We were able to find the source of the moisture, remediate the mold, and the basement remodel was back on!

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Removing Mold from a Rental Apartment

Location: Alexandria, VA 22309

Problem: The tenant had ignored this problem for months. The landlord found gross mold growth and a leaking pipe. He wanted it gone and quickly.

Solution: AdvantaClean sprang into action and scheduled the work within days of landlord approval. We removed the visible mold, found additional previously hidden mold and returned the apartment to a safe place to live.

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