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Case Studies

Unseen kitchen sink leak causes mold issues

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

The homeowner could smell a musty odor. They also were suffering from headaches and allergies.

The homeowner called Advantaclean and we helped them through the entire process.We assisted with insurance, finding an asbestos abatement contractor, a roofer and getting everyone on a timeline so we could get this house back to normal as fast as possible. The post tests came back clean and the homeowner was able to move back in.

Home inspector found mold in the attic and crawlspace a week before closing.

Vinnings, GA 30339

The homeowner called us in a panic, contractors were booked out several weeks in advance and he needed the mold remediated.

My team and I worked the weekend to fix his issue and help him sell his house. The sale went through as planned.

Bad smells emanating from the break room of a large jewelry store.

Buckhead, GA 30305

Store employees noticed some nasty odors and complained to the manager. An independent company performed pre and post testing and found that there was an issue and remediation was necessary.

Advantaclean was called to the scene! We removed the cabinets, drywall, treated the mold and dried the structure. We completed the project on schedule and pasted the post test with flying colors. We determined that water was entering through the foundation and we recommended a basement sealing company to prevent a future problem.

A luxury home builder needed mold removed from the garage. This mold developed due to high outside humidity and no garage doors.

Buckhead, GA 30305

The home builder did not want the drywall removed. We determined that the mold, although bad, did not penetrate far into the surface and could be treated. We had to treat the mold several times, but we were able to kill and remove the mold. The home builder painted the garage and installed garage doors after we finished.

Mold on the ceiling 

Atlanta, GA 30342

Customer: Christine 

Problem: The tenant found a large spot of mold on her ceiling.  She told the property manager who called Advantaclean to the rescue.  We went out, surveyed the damage and quoted a price.  Time was a concern, so we worked over the weekend to get the job done quickly. 

Solution: All four walls and the ceiling were completely saturated, due to an upstairs pipe leak, so we removed everything.   When we opened up the wall cavity next to the water heater we discovered another small leak, which we had a plumber fix.  We treated all of the surfaces for mold and started the drying process.

Full Basement Remediation 

Ellenwood, GA 30294

Customer: Larry

Problem: During a home sale mold was noted by the home inspector.  Due to the extent of the mold an entire basement remediation was required.

Solution: A negative pressure barrier system was built to contain mold spores released during remediation.  All of the insulation had to be pulled and discarded offsite, due to mold spore contamination.  After the insulation was removed, we did a thorough cleaning of the basement, using HEPA vacuums.  The surfaces were then treated with a chlorine based product to reduce staining.  The surfaces were then treated with a peroxide based product to penetrate into the wood and kill the root structure of the mold.

Hurricane Matthew storm damage Fayetteville area

Fayetteville, NC 28303

Problem: Fayetteville and Lumberton North Carolina were some of the hardest hit areas, due to the flooding left in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.  The majority of the damage was caused after the storm had passed, some of the rivers took over a week to crest.

Solution: We worked with many business owners and provided advice and direction.  Due to the lack of flood insurance in the area, many people were waiting for FIMA to send money. 

Georgetown Flooding 

Georgetown. SC 29440 

Problem: Georgetown South Carolina, located next to the intersection of several major rivers, would flood during high tide in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.  Due to the volume of water trying to pass down the rivers, during high tide, the rivers would back up and flood the streets and stores.  

Georgetown Water Damage 

Georgetown, SC 29440

Problem: A large department store, located next to a river in Georgetown, received about a foot of river water in the wake of hurricane Matthew. 

Solution: We removed all of the carpeting and made a two foot flood cut along all of the walls.  We brought in a generator and eight high capacity dehumidifiers, along with fans, to dry the structure. 

Toxic Black Mold Found in Storage Unit

Atlanta, Georgia 30308 

Problem: Significant quantities of Stachybotrys, AKA Black Toxic mold, were found in a storage unit in a Decatur Home.  This mold was caused by water intrusion and high humidity levels.

Solution: We ended up removing pretty much all of the drywall inside the unit.  We cleaned and sanitized the remaining structural lumber.  This was a quick one day job and it allowed the sale to go through as planned.

Water damage in Multi-million dollar Buckhead home 

Atlanta, Georgia 30308 

Problem: The filter casing failed, on the supply line water filter, flooding a Buckhead home with water.  The majority of the basement was affected.  Even though we arrived in less than an hour, water had already moved several feet up sheetrock.  The carpeting was starting to show signs of delamination.

Solution: We used thermal imaging to quickly survey the damage and develop a drying plan.  We made a flood cut to open up the wall cavities so sterilization and drying could take place.  All affected carpeting was removed.  Although we had to remove a little over 2,600 pounds of wet material we completed the tear out in two days and the drying in three.  

Sewage Backup Dobbins Air Reserve Base

Marrietta, Georgia 30067

Problem: The sewage line became blocked by used tampons.  Human waste back flowed through the toilets in the women's restroom.  Sewage sprayed everywhere and created quite a mess.

Solution: AdvantaClean of Sandy Springs was called by the Dobbins maintenance team.  We cleaned up the sewage overflow while the maintenance team snaked the drain line.  This was our first government water damage mitigation.

mold Testing in Church

Location: Druid Hills, GA 30333

Problem: The Pastor called Advantaclean of Sandy Springs because he was concerned about a mold smell in his church.  The building was old, lacked ventilation, and had suffered water damage due to a roof leak.  Mold remediation was necessary. 

Solution: We took six mold samples.  We encountered slightly elevated levels of aspergillus/ penicillium but were able to relieve their fear of Stachybotrys, aka Black Toxic mold.  I made several other recommendations, such as a plastic covering under the crawlspace, gutter extenders and a dehumidifier in the secondary building.  

Moisture Control 

Location: Decatur, GA 

Problem: Significant mold buildup was found in all three crawl spaces.

Solution: Three separate mold remediations were performed in each of the crawl spaces.  Two top of the line Santa Fe dehumidifiers were installed.  The large crawl space received one dehumidifier.  Ducting was installed to route warm, dry air to the two smaller crawl spaces.

Toxic black mold due to ongoing water leak

Location: Sandy Springs, GA 30328

Problem: Our customer had two active water leaks.  The water ran down behind his shower wall. Toxic black mold started to form. Mold removal had to be performed before the customer got sick from the mold. 

Solution: We removed the shower wall and much of the drywall within the bathroom.  We physically removed all the mold and then treated and cleaned several times with fungicide.  The remaining wood was then dried to under 16% wood moisture content.

the results of improper drying from water damage 

Location: Sandy Springs, GA 30350

Problem: My customer used the preferred provider recommended to them by their insurance company.  IICRC protocol was not followed, the walls were not even opened for proper drying.  Black mold grew inside their walls and they started experiencing adverse health effects. 

Solution: We set up negative pressure and extra filtration to contain and capture mold spores during our remediation.  The drywall had to be removed, so we cut out two feet, more in some places.  The remaining studs were HEPA vacuumed and cleaned, several times, with anti-microbial.  

water damage cleanup in a luxury condo 

Location: Atlanta, GA 30309

Problem: A shower drain leaked in the bathroom, causing the drywall to become saturated around the tub. Over time, black mold developed and could be smelled.  

Solution: Advantaclean of Sandy Springs built a large barrier to prevent mold spores from migrating out of the contained area.  We performed pre and post mold tests.  The tub, toilet and much of the granite tile had to be removed to reach the moldy drywall behind the enclosure.  We performed a basic water mitigation, removing drywall up to 3 feet in some areas.  

96,000 square feet flooded

Location: Douglasville, GA 30122 

Problem: A sprinkler line let loose at a large department store, flooding approximately 96,000 square feet.  This was a large water mitigation project.

Solution: Advantaclean brought in 100 fans, 20 large dehumidifiers and several extractors to dry out the store.  We responded Saturday and had them completely dry by Wednesday.  We also sorted and palletized approximately 16 tons of wet merchandise.

Sewer cleanup restauraunt parking lot

Location: Atlanta, GA 30309

Problem: We were called in to clean up raw sewage from a restaurant parking lot.  When their sewer system backed up it came out of a pipe located outside.  The smell was bad, customers were in line.  They also did not want the sewer water washing into the storm drain system, as that can carry a hefty penalty.

Solution: We responded fast and mitigated their sewer issue.  We used a commercial extractor to spray 180 degree water, containing an anti-microbial agent, while sucking up the mess.

Garage Oozing black mold

Location: Covington, GA 30016

Problem: Advantaclean of Sandy Springs was called in to address a garage with severe mold and water damage issues.  

Solution: Cleaned and packed out contents and gutted the entire garage.  We treated the remaining structural lumber.  We used MMR to reduce staining and Oxypar to kill the mold.  Our tests certify the garage is now completely mold free and ready for rebuild. 

Crawlspace encapsulation Sandy Springs

Location: Sandy Springs, GA 30328

ProblemDue to the lack of dehumidification and a vapor barrier, significant mold buildup was found under the crawlspace.  The homeowner also noticed must odors emanating up through the wood floors.

Solution: We performed a crawlspace encapsulation.  The crawlspace went from dark, dank and buggy area to a bright, clean area that can be used for storage.  The dehumidifier will prevent future mold issues and lower the humidity throughout the house.

Dawsonville Mold Job

Location: Dawsonville, GA 30534

Problem: Our customer in Dawsonville wanted the mold remediated in a house she just purchased.

Solution: Our team performed a mold remediation.  First we HEPA vacuumed all surfaces, then we treated the affected wood with a stain remover.  To remove the mold we used a strong peroxide solution.  Peroxides penetrate into the wood and bubble out mold contaminates.  Last, we HEPA vacuumed one last time.

Department store flooded with several inches of water

Location: Dundwoody, GA 30328

Problem: Department store flooded with several inches of water.

Solution: A sprinkler system cut loose in the store above.  Water was raining down into the store below.  The entire store was flooded with about 4 inches of water.