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Case Studies

Prevent Pipes from Freezing
How to Keep Your Pipes From Freezing in winter.
Location: Tri-State
AdvantaClean shows to keep your pipes from freezing in cold weather.

Mold Remediation and Flooding
Basement flooding cleanup project.
Location: City, State
Problem: AdvantaClean was called to perform a free inspection. A water damage problem was experienced on the basement. Microbial growth started to develop on the ceiling and walls. An independent Mold Assessment company performed an inspection and collected samples, analyzed lab results, and developed a detailed scope of work. Solution: Our crew began with the work, following the scope of work provided by the mold assessment company, we began building plastic containment to isolate affected areas from the rest of the house. We HEPA Vacuum interior of walls and ceiling and wiped down with an anti-microbial solution all cavities. Our crew also encapsulated all remaining materials with an anti-microbial paint to protect remaining material from advanced microbial growth.

Save the Wine
Mold Remediation
Location: City, State
Faulty air conditioning unit and ground water leak from a neighbors lot resulted in gross contamination of this clients wine cellar. We were able to remediate the mold and save the WINE!

Radon Mitigation System - Remodeling

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22406

Problem: This customer is remodeling his basement and was concerned about radon levels in his basement. He decided that installing a system while he was remodeling was the right time and it was.

Solution: AdvantaClean worked with the homeowner to install the radon mitigation system in a location that worked with the remodeled basement. Discretely in the corner, the system will pull the gas from the basement and vent it out above the roof, safely away from the inhabitants.

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Leaky Shower Pan

Leaky Shower Pan

Location: Alexandria, VA 22302

Problem: This customer saw water damage on the wall in his office and noticed that he would get a stuffy nose when he was in that room. The wall was shared with the bathroom and it turns out the shower pan was not installed correctly.

Solution: AdvantaClean set up the mold control barriers, removed the shower and shower pan, then thoroughly cleaned the bathroom and office using our antimicrobial techniques and equipment. The stuffy nose should abate after that!

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Vapor Barrier Installation

Location: Arlington, VA 22205

Problem: Mold can occur anywhere there is moisture, and there is always moisture in the soil beneath your home. If there is excess moisture, it can rise through the soil and cause mold growth in your crawlspace. This customer experienced that very issue, and called in AdvantaClean to help.

Solution: Mold can occur anywhere there is moisture, and there is always moisture in the soil beneath your home. If there is excess moisture, it can rise through the soil and cause mold growth in your crawlspace. This customer experienced that very issue, and called in AdvantaClean to help.

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Crawlspace Moisture

Location: Arlington, VA 22201

Problem: This customer had problems with water in their crawlspace, leading to high levels of moisture and mold growth. They called AdvantaClean to come fix both problems.

Solution: We came out and installed a sump pump and drain pipe to deal with the recurring issue of water in the crawlspace. Our crew came back out a few days later to remediate the mold, solving both the problem and the cause!

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Repeat Radon Customer

Location: Arlington, VA 22214

Problem: Our customers know that they can rely on us to provide good service, so when one customer bought a new home, he called us out to install a radon system in that one as well. The level in his home was 4.7 pCi/L, above the EPA regulated standard of 4.0 (the equivalent of 200 chest x-rays each year).

Solution: This was a new construction home and the builder installed a passive system during construction. The passive system had a 3 inch vent pipe that vented from below the slab, ran inside the walls into the attic and exhausted through the room. He called AdvantaClean in to install a radon fan in his attic to create an active system that will much more effectively reduce the radon level in his basement and throughout the house.

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Overstuffed Basement

Location: Alexandria, VA 22305

Problem: This customer filled a basement bedroom with stuff as she consolidated belongings from two homes. After a year or so, she and her husband noticed that they had stuffy noses at home cleared up when they left. It took another year for them to find the moldy box sitting on top of moldy carpet in the basement bedroom in the far corner.

Solution: AdvantaClean tested the area to identify the type of mold and to determine the mold levels. Based on the test results, this was an urgent matter. AdvantaClean helped with antimicrobial cleaning of the items stored in the bedroom and then performed full mold remediation for the carpet and walls. We identified the likely source of the water, vapor penetration through the foundation caused by a leaking down spout extension, outside and just above the far corner of the bedroom.

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Quality Materials - Sump Pump

Location: Stafford, VA 22554

Problem: It is important when installing a sump pump in a damp area of your crawlspace to make sure a quality pump and basin are installed correctly. This customer had one installed previously but it didn’t work well enough to keep mold from growing.

Solution: AdvantaClean came out and checked into the sump pump situation. The old one was a good pump but the basin was just a Rubbermaid tub with holes poked into it. We took it out and installed a good one in its place and removed the mold growth.


Radon System Upgrade

Location: Fairfax Station, VA 22032

Problem: Before moving into his home 18 years ago, this customer installed a radon gas system. Over the years he didn’t think he needed to check the levels again, but something told him to do another test. The levels were still within the EPA standard, though higher than they were when the system was first installed.

Solution: While the system was still working, the fan does lose efficiency over time. AdvantaClean replaced the fan, doubling the efficiency and making the system run even more quietly.

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Leaking Refrigerator

Location: Alexandria, VA 22206

Problem: This customer didn't realize it, but her refrigerator was leaking water for a long time. She became aware of the issue when she saw water damage in the room behind the kitchen and called in AdvantaClean right away.

Solution: We were able to schedule her water damage restoration right away and remediated the mold. Once the mold was taken care of, we referred a handyman to the homeowner and he came and replaced the drywall, restoring her kitchen to normal function!

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Basement Remodel with Radon System

Location: Alexandria, VA 22304

Problem: A customer was starting to remodel her basement when she asked us to come and test her home's radon gas levels. The tests showed that the levels were just below EPA limit of 4.0 pCi/L. After discussing her options, she opted to install a system preemptively.

Solution: We worked with her on the location of the system, so that her remodeling project would incorporate the system with maximum effect on gas, and minimal effect on personal style!

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Sewage Situation In Clinic

Location: Arlington, VA 22201

Problem: This clinic had a drain pipe rupture from the unit above. Sewage spilled into the clinic by the utility room, laundry room and staff break room. The carpet outside these rooms was contaminated and the walls were wet.

Solution: The customer did not want to remove the carpet so we cleaned it with steam and a professional cleaning solution. We opened up the walls to sanitize them completely and to remove the wet insulation. When we started, there was a distinct odor of urine. Once our mitigation and drying efforts were completed, the odor was gone and the structure was clean and dry.

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Mold In Main House

Location: Arlington, VA 22201

Problem: A customer in Arlington, VA called in to say he had visible mold growth in his kitchen, dining and living room areas. Concerned about his family's health, he asked us to come out for a free mold inspection and estimate.

Solution: Using a containment system, we sealed off the affected areas so we wouldn't contaminate the rest of the home. We remediated the mold, HEPA vacuumed the surfaces and used an antimicrobial solution to wipe down the walls and floors. When our team was finished, the customer's home was a safer and healthier environment.

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Radon Migiation 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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Fixed 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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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!


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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