HVAC causing Sick Building Syndrome
Location: Hamlet NC
Problem: A lab tech in the manufacturing facility was constantly sick. The doctor suggested she evaluate her surrounds to determine if she had been exposed to mold. She was able to eliminate any source at home so the companies Employee Health and Safety Director called AdvantaClean of Monroe. The EHS was referred to us by a previous customer.
AdvantaClean Solution: After an initial inspection we brought in a third party industrial hygienist to take some air and surface samples. Once the hygienists report came back we were able to develop a protocol. It was discovered that three sides to the building needed a full remediation as there were water intrusions through the foundation and the HVAC system was too big for the space therefore it was sweating every time it was turned on. The facility would not shut down for us to complete our work so we developed a plan to complete the work with clearance test with minimal disruption to the facilities day to day business. We passed all clearance tests and kept everything on schedule.
Location: Waxhaw 28173
An elderly couple called in and scheduled a duct cleaning. I the call notes I noticed they were concerned about a "moldy" spot in their master closet. I called to discuss the situation and made an appointment to go out the next day to look at the spot. Based on my investigation and my conversation with the couple I recommended some air quality testing and hired a 3rd party Industrial Hygienist.
The lab results came back off the charts 300,000 spores per cubic meter of Stachy. Back to the couples house to discuss the results. I asked them to move out of the house until the remediation was completed. They packed their bags and moved in with a freind. A week later we were getting ready to start our remediation and they met us at the house to give us keys. Mr. Customer told me that he had been going for walks for the first time in years and had reduced his use of oxygen greatly in just the couple of days since moving out. They both looked like different people (for the better) The remediation consisted of sheet rock removal, removal of all flooring, removal of all duct work. Once our piece of the work was done we had clearance testing done and were able to get the couple back to their home.
High Dusting Commercial Air Duct Cleaning
Location: Monroe, NC 28110
Problem: Mike is the facilities manager in a manufacturing plant that requires high dusting of combustible dust twice a year. The regular janitorial staff can only reach to about 6 feet high. Mike called to see if we were interested in the bi-annual work. We quoted the job and now go back twice a year during holiday shut downs in July and December.
Solution: While it is not always easy to complete high bay dusting we are able to get this done in a timely and efficient manner. We rent scissor lifts and use explosion proof vacuums as the dust we are dealing with is combustible. This particular plant has very stringent safety standards beyond OSHA standards. Since we are working around equipment we follow Lock out Tag out procedures, all technicians are certified on scissor lifts, we require a technician to be on the ground monitoring the technicians in the scissor lifts and all the proper PPE is worn at all times.
Mike has brought us in to work on several other industrial cleaning jobs since starting this Bi-Annual cleaning.
Mold Causes Problems During Home Sale
Location: Monroe, NC 28110
Problem: Greg was going to put his home on the market and a mold/moisture problem was discovered in the basement. Since he didn't want the "M" word to scare any buyers away he called AdvantaClean to take care of the mold issue prior to listing the house, he had another company take care of the moisture issue. Greg was also very concerned about disclosing the mold issue to any possible buyer so we suggested third party clearance testing.
Solution: Since the moisture issue was fixed prior to our remediation we were able to follow a standard mold remediation protocol. We removed all sheet rock 2 to 4 feet past any visible mold, cleaned all flat surfaces and set up dehumidification equipment to dry the structure. After several days of drying and air scrubbing we had a 3rd party Industrial hygienist come out and inspect and sample our work. We "Passed" our clearance test and another company could come in and replace the sheet rock we took out.
"Lyle and his team were very prompt and handled the basement remediation with professionalism and care. Their attention to detail achieved a passing clearance test from a 3rd party hygienist and was done quickly. The pricing was fair and his techs were knowledgeable and tidy throughout the project. Lyle also followed up with me during and after the project to make sure I was satisfied with the work, and yes, I was." -Greg
Crawl space Remediation
Location: Indian Trial, NC 28079
Problem: Dolores called with a horrible smell in her house and she could not locate the source. Corey went out for the inspection and since the house sits on a crawl space it was easy to determine that the smell was coming from there. The crawl space needed mold removal and a crawl space encapsulation to protect against moisture. Corey presented the solution and scheduled the job.
Solution: We performed a full mold remediation which consists of turning off the HVAC system and placing the crawlspace under negative pressure (to ensure all the bad stuff we kick up is pulled out of the crawlspace). We then HEPA vacuum all wood, duct work, plumbing and HVAC components. We then treat and hand wipe all of the same with an anti-microbial solution. Once the crew is done with the hand wiping we then fog the crawlspace with an anti-microbial solution. Smell gone!
Customer Testimonial: "I was very impressed with the professionalism of AdvantaClean, the timeliness and the fact that they were willing to explain everything they were going to be doing under the house as they cleaned, etc." Delores B.
Partnering With Habitat For Humanity To Help Woman in need
Location: Waxhaw, NC 28079
Problem: A retired woman was suffering from breathing issues she believed was due to a known mold problem in her crawl space. She had had two prior estimates to have the mold removal performed, but was unable to get the problem taken care of due to her financial situation.
Solution: AdvantaClean received a call from a representative from Habitat For Humanity who stated the customer was in contention for a grant to help her get this taken care of. AdvantaClean was able to put together a proposal for most of the work and give referrals for other vendors to take care of the rest in an effort to maximize the work and value for the most economical price. The customer was approved by Habitat For Humanity, and we were able to take clean and treat the mold as well as install a vapor barrier to hopefully minimize the circumstances to keep this from happening again. The customer was very happy with our mold removal job and we are so happy we could help her.
Air Duct Cleaning To Rid Manufacturing Facility Of Mold
Location: Monroe, NC 28110
Problem: Some employees in the office area of a large manufacturing facility complained of not feeling well and having allergy symptoms when they were at work. The Environmental Health & Safety Director noticed a black substance on and around some of the vent grills and had the substance tested, and the results came back positive for mold. There had been numerous roof leaks in the past years (since repaired) that introduced moisture into the environment.
Solution: AdvantaClean was called in to remediate the mold. The affected area of the basement was contained from the unaffected area. All fabrics were bagged to be cleaned separately. All affected molding and drywall was removed 24-48 inches past any observed fungal growth as per industry standard. A small amount of water was discovered under the floor tiles, so those were removed as well. All remaining surfaces were thoroughly cleaned with an antimicrobial solution, and the area was fogged with an antimicrobial at the end of work. AdvantaClean was able to make a referral for all repairs and put back.
Mold Grows In Basement After Sewage Back Up
Location: Monroe, NC 28110
Problem: A homeowner discovered mold after his tenants moved out. He noticed the septic tank had backed up into the basement and the tenants never bothered to tell the home owner. The homeowner had the water damage cleaned up, but later discovered mold growing throughout the area.
Solution: AdvantaClean was called in to perform mold removal. The affected area of the basement was contained from the unaffected area. All fabrics were bagged to be cleaned separately. All affected molding and drywall was removed 24-48 inches past any observed fungal growth as per industry standard. A small amount of water was discovered under the floor tiles, so those were removed as well. All remaining surfaces were thoroughly cleaned with an antimicrobial solution, and the area was fogged with an antimicrobial at the end of work. AdvantaClean was able to make a referral for all repairs and put back.
Indoor Air Quality
Location: Weddington, NC 28104
Problem: Mr. and Mrs. M. hired a competitor to complete the mold remediation project in their crawlspace. Mrs. M is very sensitive to mold and it was very important that every precaution was taken to ensure the job was done right. Our competitor was only a few hours into the job when the M.'s realized they had made a mistake. When the work was started the crawlspace was not put under negative pressure and the crawlspace smells/air was making its way into the living quarters of the house.
The M.'s quickly fired our competitors and asked us to come in and save the day.
Solution: The solution for us was simple. We followed our normal procedures. Turning off the HVAC system from the air handler in the crawlspace and putting the crawlspace under negative pressure prior to starting any work. This entailed temporarily sealing all crawlspace vents and connecting a negative air machine to the crawlspace. This procedure allowed us to work in a safe environment while keeping all smells/air from entering the living quarters.
After we were done on day 2 Mr. M commented on the lack of smell coming from crawlspace. He couldn't even tell we were doing anything. Mr. M was very pleasantly surprised based on his prior experience.