Our Case Studies

Mold Remediation and Moisture Control for Prevention

Location: Knoxville, TN 37922

Problem: Local homeowner approached me about looking at her crawlspace in preparation of selling her home. She is in tune with the local real estate market and knows that a damp crawlspace with sagging insulation and signs of microbial growth will cause problems, if not kill a deal. She wisely wanted to get ahead of the situation and fix it now, before she puts it on the market. She consulted with me and asked me to come up with a solution that will take care of the current issue (sagging insulation, insufficient vapor barrier, and microbial growth) along with taking preventative measures to ensure a clean and dry crawlspace for a healthy home for whoever ends up with the house.

Solution: Correcting the moisture problem along with remediation of microbial growth and removing insulation was the plan of action. Included in correcting the moisture problem was to have guttering installed on one section of the front of the house. There was no gutter there and moisture was not being properly directed away from the house. Also, the ductwork running through the crawlspace was heavily sweating. After removing the contaminated, wet insulation and the suspected microbial growth, a crawlspace dehumidifier was installed and a new heavy duty reinforced poly vapor barrier was installed. Within 24 hours of this there was already a huge difference in the crawlspace. The ductwork was no longer sweating and there was a noticeable difference in the air quality as well. The customer commented that our work "made all the difference in the world".

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Mold Removal in a Real Estate Transaction

Location: Knoxville, TN 37922

Problem: The real estate agent of the buyer of this house reached out to us after the home inspector "suspected fungus" in the crawlspace of this home. With the buyers being unfamiliar with a problem such as this, the real estate agent asked that we speak with their client and schedule an inspection if necessary. With up to 50% of the air in a home coming from the crawlspace and based on what we saw at the time of visual inspection, we advised remediation be done in the crawlspace.

Solution: This ultimately went back to the seller for review and decision on whether or not they would fix this problem. We were connected with the seller and were able to explain to them our thought process and the reason for our recommendation. Furthermore, we were able to convey to the seller that we wanted to take the approach that was in everyone's best interest. We provided the solution that removed the mold and addressed some moisture issues without going over the top with additional items that were unnecessary. Most importantly, we provided a solution that got the job done well and correctly that was good for the buyer and budget conscious for the seller who was paying. The job had a deadline as do most jobs in real estate transactions. With our approach and communication, the deal was never in jeopardy of getting closed. The job was done on time with everyone pleased with the approach and the outcome.

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Air Duct Cleaning

Location: Knoxville, TN 37922

Problem: A proactive young couple called us with concerns about mold in their basement. They have a young child that utilizes the basement as a play area and they were concerned about exposing him to unhealthy air quality. Upon inspection, there was buildup of suspected microbial growth on their HVAC registers and they were also showing signs of rust. Our experience tells us two things here - 1) They may have a humidity/moisture problem and 2) They're duct system is dirty. The combination of these two factors can lead to mold growth.

Solution: After consulting with us and sharing our experiences in this area with this building type, a dehumidifier was installed by the customer in the basement to help control the humidity. We strongly suggested cleaning the duct system to help with dirt and dust that were causing the buildup on the registers and also were likely contributing to poor indoor air quality and allergy issues. As it turned out, it is likely this duct system had never been cleaned and we were very proud of the results.

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Crawlspace Mold Remediation

Location: Knoxville, TN 37919

Problem: This customer has a small crawlspace, primarily under the master suite of the house. The customer complained of a musty, moldy odor in the home and claimed to have not been feeling well. Upon inspection of the property, a wet crawlspace was discovered with a heavy amount of mold growth found. After further investigation it was concluded that a downspout was not connected properly and was discharging water at the foundation and this water was entering the crawlspace.

Solution: The downspout was properly connected and the water was routed well away from the foundation. Once this was done, we completed a crawlspace mold remediation which included a stain remover. A new vapor barrier was installed and an anti-microbial infused sealant was used to seal the wood floor system from the crawlspace to increase the resistance to moisture absorption into the wood, similar to sealing a deck.

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Dryer Not Working, Not Drying Clothes

Location: Knoxville, TN 37921

Customer called AdvantaClean of Knoxville & The Smokies to clean her dryer vent. Upon arrival, it was evident that the dryer vent was completely clogged, no air was exiting the building. We found out that she had called another company before AdvantaClean and they told her it simply could not be done. We determined where the ductwork ran and that we could open up the ceiling precisely in the area of the garage to repair this issue. This customer had no idea what to do. We had many experiences like this and we were excited to be able to provide a solution for her. We opened up the ceiling, replaced the ductwork as needed with new ductwork, reconnected the dryer and had the ceiling repaired for the customer. All of this happened within 2 days of the initial call. From the time of that call, she had a dryer that worked safely and properly. It was a great feeling to provide an affordable solution that allowed her to use an important appliance again and most importantly, use it safely.

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Interior Mold Remediation

Location: Knoxville, TN 37922

Homeowners were starting to feel sick and noticing some unfamiliar, unwelcome odors in the master bedroom. Homeowners were having headaches and low energy. Homeowners called AdvantaClean to inspect. After a thorough site visit, it was determined that the end tables or night stands on both sides of the bed were completely covering open HVAC vents. Because of the restriction, the bottom and back of this wood furniture had condensation forming and as a result,mold was growing in areas that were not seen without moving the furniture. The homeowners were elderly and could not move the furniture themselves and never noticed the issue. The room and furniture was remediated and the issue was resolved. We advised them to a new arrangement for the furniture so the HVAC vents would no longer be restricted.

Crawlspace Mold Remediation

Location: Knoxville, TN 37918

Homeowner called AdvantaClean to look at crawlspace due to suspected mold growth after she started noticing odors inside the house, odors that weren't normal. She noted that she had recently had a water leak due to a hot water heater that was leaking. She had significant damage to the interior of her home and had new flooring, cabinets, etc. as a result. She noted that the company that did the mitigation for that didn't really do anything in the crawlspace but she suspected a lot of the water went into the crawlspace. Upon inspection, we noticed heavy fungal growth throughout. The crawlspace was not dried in a timely manner nor was it remediated in conjunction with the water leak, although she (and her insurance) was charged for remediation. As a result she wanted a fresh start with a new company. We were enlisted for the remediation and great results were achieved and the odors disappeared.

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