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"After encountering an unpleasant, moldy smell that my husband and I tracked down to one area of our house we found ourselves at a loss to know what to do next..." Turns out, our call to Absolute was 'Absolutely' (yes - pun intended there) the best thing we could have done. They were so incredibly customer-service oriented from start to finish. It was super easy to schedule a time for the inspector to come and take a look. On the initial inspection, the source of the wetness was identified and they even offered some really helpful suggestions to help stop to the leaking and reduce the overall moisture in the area while we worked with our AC guy to correct the originating problem and scheduled the necessary repairs. Throughout every step of the process the folks at Absolute were truly outstanding. Once the work got under way it was fascinating to see how they set up what felt like a true hermitically sealed area to contain any possible mold contaminants. Although watching them suit up to remove the moldy materials was a little frightening (not THEM - but the fact that something that dangerous can just pop up in your house! Who Knew?!), it was definitely reassuring to see how careful they were and to know how incredibly professional and thorough they were with everything. After allowing the space to completely dry, they then rebuilt sections of the wall that had been removed, complete with fresh drywall and paint. it looks AMAZING! The two men who completed the work were so professional and pleasant and I just can't say enough great things about these folks. I'm probably not be a typical "Angie's List-er"... Most of the time, I tend to use it as a resource-only and, quite honestly, have never taken the time to write out a review here, so this is a first for me. But, having experienced such incredible service with these guys, I really had to let everyone know. Mold remediation is not something you ever hope or plan to have to deal with but knowing that the process can be as easy and as pleasant as this one was is just amazingly reassuring. Thank you
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-Dana D.

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came over and did an air test for my condo because there was a concern of mold.
was on time and did a thorough review" of my unit including the basement. he was able to isolate that we had a humidity problem and not a mold problem. Put ourt minds at ease and that was worth the money alone, however he made some great recommendations and issued a very thorough report. as well He was tough to get a hold of at first due to being out of town and having some family issues. I nonetheless have to give a B for responsiveness because whomever was taking his calls while he was unavailable was not 100% clear with me about when to expect a response. I am glad I waited it out however because he really helped us out. Dehumidifier in the basement and things seems to be working out. I would recommend him.

-anthony N.

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Mold in a basement is a common problem. My company helps people with this every day. Some of the answers you received were helpful but not all the information is correct. First, you need to eliminate the two main ingrediants that mold needs to survive. The first one is water intrusion. This is a must. I am assuming you have no water intrusion as you make no mention. The second componant that needs to be eliminated is moisture. Moisture is also humidity. Basements need to be kept airtight in the summer months. Some folks have posted that you need air flow in your basement. Nothing could be furthur from the truth. When you open any windows for example, not one micron of air goes out of the basement, Warm humid air is sucked into the basement. Houses suck air into the basement and it meets the cool surfaces and skyrockets humidity. The windows must be kept closed and a dehumidification device installed to ensure humidity stays below 60% humidity. The dehumidifier should be energy star rated and purchasing a seperate humidity guage is a must to monitor the unit's progress. We like to keep our customer's basements at 50% humidity. This eliminates the smell that is active mold spore growth. Once the water and humidity is brought under control. Remove the organic materials that have mold on them. Walls, sheetrock and studs that have been affected. Follow the advice of previous posts as you must ensure that you do not affect the rest of the home. Once removed, install new walls using as much inorganic material as possible. We also install vapor barrier over the walls and seal the floors to stopwater vapor transmission into the basement. Poly plastic is not a acceptable vapor barrier. It is not "zero-perm" and will still allow moisture transmission. It will also crack and break into pieces over the years. A PVC liner rated "zero-perm" is the correct product in this application. Depending how large the basement is and if it is sectioned off will determine the dehumidifier strength. We use the Santa Fe line of dehidifiers as they are super energy efficiant and work like a dehumidifier on steriods. I hope this helps and I wish you the best in Basement Health!
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Is the cabin conditioned year round or at all?

 

Are there any grading or moisture issues that are allowing bulk moisture into the crawl?

 

Conditioning the crawl is usually the best answer but if it is sporadic use and/or makes better sense to leave as a vented space, you need to do the following for optimum performance:

 

- Install a vapor barrier across the floor.  Seal all piers and penetrations as well as seal to the stem wall.

- Insulate the underside of the floor and ideally thermally break the floor joists from the earth.

- This is best accomplished by covering the floor joist with a rigid foam and sealing all the seams.

 

 

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When you say vented to the roof, do you mean into the attic UNDER the roof, or through the roof with a duct up through a roof jack into a roof hood ? Hopefully the latter, otherwise you have the likely source of the problem.

You are clearly getting moisture in this area still, so more insulation will not help and may hurt - insulation does not stop moisture but does trap it, particularly if you add enough tht the freezing front moves well down into the insulation, so vapor coming up from the house freezes in the insulation (making it wet when it thaws) rather than venting into the attic and evaporating from there.

You need an expert check on the bathroom area - that the fan unit and any light fixtures are tighly sealed to the vapor barrier. Usually they are installed with about a 1/4-1/2 inch void all around for ease of installation, and not sealed at all, so moist bathroom air vents around themm into the attic.

Then the fan unit needs checking for openings - many have openings in the plastic or metal case from manufacturing that are not sealed but should be. Do NOT use any type of unit that, because of big lights or heat lamp, says it has to be vented and cannot be sealed in, because moist air goes right up through it.

Then the duct from the fan up through the roof needs checking for leaks (and should be insulated, at least if your attic goes below freezing ever), and should have a roof jack where it penetrates the attic - a rubber seal in a metal plate that fits tightly around the duct, so the air blown into the vent hood on the roof cannot circulate back down into the attic. Most installers just cut about a 1 foot opening in the roof (especially if they can install the duct that way without having to crawl around in itchy attic insulation), run the duct up through it into the roof hood, and walk away. That leaves that big opening in the roof sheathing for the wet air and condensation in the hood to corculate right back down into the attic. Some installers (like my house whenn I first bought it) really take the easy route and don't even connect the duct to the hood - they just terminate it a foot or so below the sheathing so ALL the moist air goes into the attic.

I would also check the kitchen and any other bathroom fans for the same leak sources or improper installation, and make sure all vent pipes are intact to above the roof, and that there are no furnace or HVAC ducts disconnected or damaged that could be adding moisture.

Also look around all roof penetrations for ducts and pipes for staining on the underside of the sheathing, which would be indicative of roof hood or jack leaks that should be repaired. (Hopefully, with a new roof you would not have any).

The area most affected should have the insulation moved away and checked to see if the vapor barrier has holes or tears, openings around pipes, ducts, light boxes or wiring, or was maybe totally torn out by some prior workman. If your vapor barrier is not effective, moist household air will move into the attic almost year around, but especially in cold weather, carrying moisture into the attic, where it will condense and cause mold.

Also - if you have a fireplace chase (wood boxout around metal chimney) in that area, it may connect to the house in the firebox area and be open to the attic (which is a real fire spread hazard but for some reason is not contrary to code), letting household air flow by that route.

The mold should be brushed and vacuumed away, then treated - there are commercial sprays that are fungicides that commercial mold and mildew removal contractors have, a sprayed chlorine bleach and borax solution has also been shown to work but you would have to have an air supplied respirator and chemical suit to work with that, which only professional remediation contractors have. Do NOT paint the area - especially the underside of the roof sheathing and trusses. They needs to be able to breathe, not have any moisture from above locked in.

Stains in the attic (assuming this is an unoccupied area) can be bleached, and then if you want the evidence to go away and make it easier to tell if there is new staining or mold, sanded to remove the worst of them.

Stains on areas visible from the outside like walls and rafters can be treated with Chlorine bleach (beware of dripping on good finishes below), painted with Kilz or similar anti-fungal primer, then painted. Stains on the underside of the sheathing visible in the soffit area can be bleached and then when dry, sanded away.

Ventilation is essential, but without removing the source of most the moisture you will not win this war no matter how many times you battle it.

While I would guess the fans and vents are the problem, is there anything different about the attic ventilation to this area versus the other parts of the roof - soffit covers, blocked eave openings, insulation-clogged bug screening or soffit cover openings, lack of air chutes or eave baffles, insulation pushed up against eave opening or up against roof, horizontal blocking that prevents or obstructs airflow, no ridge vent above it, etc ?

If you are not able to find an obvious source of the moisture, I woud consider getting a thermal IR scan of the attic. For typically about $200-300 an energy conservation expert with thermal scanner can scan the attic (might have to be done at night or VERY early morning if done in summertime, to accentuate the temp difference between house air and attic air, unless you have AC in which case turning the AC down low and blower on full can work by pushing cold air rather than hot up through any gaps or voids. If you have that done, check on price to add in the rest of the house too - probably not more than about $100 more, and can show you where your air leaks and poor insulation air. You should try to get one who can provide the entire scan to you on CD or DVD, so you can review it in the future. Here is a link to some images so you know what I am talking about -

http://www.google.com/images?client=safari&rls=en&q=house+IR+scan&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ei=rhfRUci4F-TbigLghIHIAg&ved=0CDcQsAQ

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Call in the professionals.

There is no sense addressing the mold issue until you resolve the basement leaks.

High ground water that is seeping into your basement is going to lead to long term, serious damage to your foundation and basement walls.  Any mold you remove will just keep coming back.  The first question is the age of the home and whether or not you have working perimeter drain tile installed.  If you home is pretty old (30+ years) it is possible you do not have a drainiage system, or the system is clogged / deteriorated beyond function.  For a newer home, perimeter drain tile was a requirement, but doesn't mean it was installed properly.

I recommend you hire a licensed architect to review your house's construction, the site and look for indications that a drainage system is in place and functioning.  They should be able to find out where the drain comes out, and to check it (after a rain or by doing a water test) to see if it is working.  If it is working, it is possible your system is undersized or only failing in a specific area.  It is also possible a second, lower water table exists that is below your current drain system.  A site change, to change the current flow of ground water or above ground water may resolve your issue as well.  Something as simple as a new drainage ditch, retention pond or higher grades around your building may resolve your issue.

Working with a professional will prevent you from worrying about a 'draingage expert' recommending a high cost repair when another option may be available.

Some drainage people will propose installing a new perimiter drain inside your basement walls.  This system gets the water that gets through the walls and under the floor, and carries it back out.  This is a last ditch idea.  The best method, to solve the issue for good, is to dig back down to your footers, repair the waterproofing on the wall, then place drainage board over it (this protects the waterproofing while allowing moisture a travel path to your drain tile).  Then place gravel fill with geo-fabric over it, then backfill.  Now, no matter how much water you have in your ground, it will be directed away from your basement.

A sump pump in the basement to handle flooding or low water tables below your basement slab will augment this system.

Once you have the moisture issue resolved, then worry about stopping mold.  In the interim, any materials that are growing mold need to be removed (use protective measures).  Make sure you run a dehumidifier at all times and keep air moving by turning on the basement hvac vents or putting some fans in the area.

Working with a licensed architect will help ensure you pinpoint the exact problem, and have a knowledgable person to discuss the options with before doing any costly work.  The architect will also be able to assist with finding contractors and overseeing that the work is installed correctly (It is worthless to redo the drainage if any one area is not done correctly).  Good luck.

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Showed up ASAP and resolved the water leak and standing water issue in my condo, also made sure to place dehumidifiers and blowers to dry-out the condo, reducing the effects of mold. His team was very efficient and respectful, cleaned as they worked and always made sure i understood what whats happening.
- Nick S.
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Very satisfied with
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. The owner was involved in the project, provided very thorough review of the problem I was having, and provided the best solutions, very knowledgeable. They provided a high level of professionalism from inspection throughout the end of the project. They also followed up after job was completed to ensure I was satisfied.
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proved to be a very reliable and trustworthy company.
- Anais P.
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came out for an estimate based on mold sighting during my home inspection and was very friendly explaining everything he would do as part of the service and information about thier warranty and product. He came back about a week later to treat the infected area (attic) and even asked about the basement and took a peek to make sure it also was not a problem, which he confirmed wasn't.
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followed up to verify that all of the mold was killed a week later and followed up a second time by phone. He also advised me to look into venting my attic sometime in the future to improve overall air quality. I would and did recommend
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- Thomas M.
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They superficially do a fabulous job but within 18 months the mold came back so obviously they didn't solve the source and all the work that they did to solve the source I had to have redone. When the man came in to do it they pointed out all the things the original company did not do correctly.
- patricia B.
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My condo was flooded a few weeks ago, and one of my friends recommend me contact
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. They promptly came out to survey the damage, and was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and honest. There crew was very thorough, polite, and professional. They really care about helping people, and did a really great job, so I highly recommend them. I'm a very detail-oriented person, and I like to know what's going to happen beforehand, along with contingencies for what might happen and what I can expect. I understand that there are uncertainties in every job, but I expect to have a good idea of the bounds of the situation. This team walked me through the process, gave me a very detailed quote, then checked in with me at regular intervals during the work, so I was always informed of what was going on. They really knows there stuff -- there explanations were succinct, clear, and spot-on. They took a lot of pictures, which they shared with me in a detailed report. This made insurance claims and
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issues a lot easier to deal with. In contrast, The team at
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have a high level of integrity, and are very They set up their equipment in an organized and safe manner (taped power cords and sharp edges, made sure that the water line from the dehumidifer wouldn't flop around or get things wet, etc.), cut out the damage neatly, and cleaned up wonderfully well afterwards. They paid a lot of attention to detail -- it was the amount of effort I'd put into fixing my own home. I've hired several other contractors since, and consulted with many more about other jobs, and I still have not seen anyone as good as the team at
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- Joseph K.
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This service provider is AMAZING!!! I highly recommend them. They were on time, explained the process step by step and did a GREAT JOB!!!
- Millie M.
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Air duct cleaning great. Dry wall removal great. Not sure about treatment of wood, some dark areas now appearing. Clean up ok.

- Mike M.
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It went extremely well Employees were prompt & polite. They were careful to cut up carpet and remove through basement window rather than drag up through house. They worked very hard to empty & dry out basement.
- Edmund Q.

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1 800 Water Damage

11105 270th Ave
Trevor

1st Choice Home Inspection LLC

4502 N 68th St
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A BETTER HOME INSPECTION

PO BOX 180586
Delafield

Ambrick Painting Co Inc

PO Box 20941
Milwaukee

Anderson Home Inspection LLC

5712 W Peninsula Road
Waterford

BELFOR USA Group Inc.

2929 North 114th Street
Milwaukee

BELFOR USA Group, Inc.

2929 N. 114th Street
Milwaukee

Bruce's Custom Painting/Decorating

5925 Sunshine Ln
Racine

City Home Inspections, LLC

7401 W Brown Deer Rd
Milwaukee

CLEAN AND FRESH RESTORATION INC

1636 RAPIDS DR
Racine

Creekstone Custom Carpentry, LLC

N144w6818 Pioneer Rd
Cedarburg

Custom Craft Environmental

S82W19246 Apollo Dr.
Muskego

Done Right Builders LLC

1100 s 1st street

Emergency Restoration Specialists Inc.

5615 S. Pennsylvania Avenue
Cudahy

ERS Carpet Cleaning

5615 S Pennsylvania Ave
Cudahy

Everdry Waterproofing Wisconsin

W226N880 Eastmound Dr.
Waukesha

Giertsen Company of Wisconsin

W223 N798 Saratoga Drive
Waukesha

Handyman Specialties

po box 210222
Milwaukee

Healthy Home Mold Inspection

2182 N 56th St
Milwaukee

High Quality Contracting Inc

7542 Riverview Rd
Franklin

Home Inspection All Star Milwaukee

1845 N. Farewell Avenue
Milwaukee

HOMETEAM INSPECTION SERVICE

W241 S4115 PINE HOLLOW CT
Waukesha

HONEST HOME INSPECTIONS, LLC

W182 S6571 MUSKEGO DR
Muskego

INDOOR AIR QUALITY DIAGNOSTICS INC

PO BOX 511790
Milwaukee

J & J CONTRACTORS I LLC

5213 W. LOOMIS ROAD
Greendale

Marathon Carpet Cleaning

2006 Settlement Trl
Racine

Marathon Restoration

2332 N. Sylvania Ave
Sturtevant

Marcott Remodeling

N53W16614 Prairie Dawn
Menomonee Falls

Martin's Property Management LLC

6825 W Brown Deer Rd, #242443

MASTER CLEANERS

1224 CREEK RD
West Bend

Midwest Custom Cleaning Services, Inc.

10529 W Garfield Ave
Wauwatosa

MMP Remodeling

N85W16642 Ann Ave
Menomonee Falls

Mold Inspection & Testing Milwaukee WI

10448 W. Montana Ave.
Milwaukee

Moldlab

2501 Mayes Road

Mudslingers

21302 West 7 Mile Road
Franksville

Nelson Clean Care, Inc.

21860 Watertown Rd C1
Waukesha

North Star Energy Consulting LLC

2376 S 63rd St
Milwaukee

PuroClean of Kenosha

10417 69th St
Kenosha

ReEnergyworks.com

P.O.Box 18394
Milwaukee

Rolyn Companies, Inc.

5706 Frederick Ave

SERVPRO of Milw North

N92 W15600 Megal Dr
Menomonee Falls

Servpro of Southeast Milwaukee County

9645 S. 54th Street
Franklin

Servpro of Southwest Waukesha Co.

1416 Poplar Drive
Waukesha

StopMold LLC

N 74 W 22587 Twin Oaks Ct.
Sussex

Tic Tac Remodeling

1236 N. 10th Ave.
West Bend

Tri State Basement Repair

27188 US Hwy 14
Richland Center

ZWS ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

PO BOX 510925
Milwaukee

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