Frequently Asked Questions
How To Select a Good Mold Remediation Contractor
Finding a good mold remediation contractor can be more challenging then most people realize. We have a number of suggestions that are based on over 30 years of construction experience to help you find a competent individual. The individual should have verifiable experience which includes training and "certifications". In order to find a good mold remediation contractor some effort is required today. unfortunately for consumers there are far too many individuals today which have "make believe" certifications and this trend is...
Foundation Cracks Can Lead to Black Mold
Foundation cracks can allow water to intrude and create conditions necessary for black mold to grow rapidly in basements. In order for mold to grow, excessive water, moisture, or humidity is necessary. If you want no mold in your basement or crawl space, then preventing water and moisture from intruding (more…)
Air Sampling, How Does It Work?
How Does Air Sampling Work? Check Out This Condominium in Atlanta How does Air Sampling work? and should I have air sampling done? This article discusses the how's and why's. Why air sampling? Shouldn't I just be able to "smell" if there is mold in my home? I am not sneezing so how can there be mold in my condominium? (more…)
How To Know If You Have House Mold
How To Know If You Have House Mold The first step is to perform a competent house mold assessment: Determining IF you have house mold is the first step; and if there is a problem, what is the extent of it. This may sound easier than it actually is because: (more…)
A Personal Recommendation
Professional Mold Testing Tom Talen from Violet Frog, recently received a much appreciated recommendation from Anthony DeRosa from EMSL. EMSL is a laboratory that provides testing for air and surface dust samples for microbial detection. They are a company that has offices nationally. (more…)
Paying it Forward – Happy Holidays!
Over 5,000 meals and 10,000 Christmas gifts provided for poor children today. It was a good day in San Antonio de Belen Costa Rica. Hundreds of volunteers started at 6 AM to provide snacks, meals, entertainment and gifts to over 5,000 (more…)
Chimney Roof Repairs, Handyman Service, Customer Perspective
Rebuilding chimney due to multiple water intrusions; all siding and flashing replaced. Dear Mr. Talen, We were so impressed with the meticulous work you did in discovering and repairing our chimney leak problem. You took the time to discover all the sources of the water intrusions. Finally, after all the other five professionals who had tried- a true and effective repair!!! Thank you for your recommendations and general help in resolving this matter. We look...
Water Intrusion in Crawlspace – A Customer’s Perspective
mold growing in basement Water Intrusion Commercial Customer Comment: (more…)
Mold Remediation – A Customer’s Perspective
cleaning and removing mold from kitchen surfaces If you are looking for an honest opinion on what your mold problems are, Tom is the guy 1. Tom knows his stuff, works safely, has high quality work. (more…)
Does a “Musty” Odor Indicate I have a mold problem?
Sub floor pictured, After hardwood floor had been removed in order to perform proper structural drying and odor remediation Musty odors in residential structures typically indicate mold growth, but not always. Generally, when people detect "musty" odors they are smelling microbial volatile organic compounds otherwise known as MVOC's. When mold is in a "growth cycle" many species of mold emit MVOC's, this is typically what is detected in the structure. Normally, excessive: moisture, humidity or water are necessary...
Mold Testing – A Customer’s Perspective
Illustration of Mold on a Wall Violet Frog (formerly DBA: Tom The Mold Guy) does a great job, and I definitely recommend them. I am a Realtor, and recently I had a situation with a rental property where a mold test was needed quickly. Tom was able to work this appointment into his schedule, and come out to do the testing the very next day. Just this week, I used Tom's services again, and in this instance...
Roofing Water Intrusions Can Lead to Microbial Issues
water stains visible due to water intrusion from roof I had mold on the upstairs bedroom ceiling and thought that I needed a new roof. After Tom's inspection, it turned out that I only needed (more…)
Removing Mold and Bad Odors
Infrared Thermography Used to Detect Water Intrusion Just Say No to Bad Odors Bad odors and musty odors raise a red flag no matter what. Masking them with other chemical or air fresheners will not eliminate the main problem especially is it is mold related. See a customer's comments below on how Violet Frog was there to help. I kept smelling a musty, moldy smell in my rental home; no one else could smell it. Tom...
Mold Assessment & Water Intrusion
Water Intrusion Example Mold Assessment Customer Comments One of the key components to mold remediation is proper mold assessment. Take note of some feedback we received from a customer. "Tom, Thanks so much for performing the air quality test and a thorough inspection/quote of the needed work. I enjoyed speaking with you and appreciate all the time you took to explain things to me! After talking things over with my wife and looking at our budget,...
Fix Water Intrusions Fast To Avoid Costly Property Damage
Water Intrusion Damage Close up view of termite destroyed board Termite damage to boards Water damage if unchecked can lead to conditions that attract damaging insects such as termites & microbial activity. The following pictures are of water intrusion/termite damaged lumber used in a basement wall system along the exterior foundation wall; complete removal, mold remediation and the replacement of building materials was necessary to complete costly repairs. water intrusion/termite damaged lumber
Water Intrusions and Roof Repairs
Rebuilding chimney due to multiple water intrusions; all siding and flashing replaced. Water Intrusions and Roof Repairs Detecting Multiple Water Intrusions It is not uncommon to experience multiple water intrusions. We recently repaired a chimney which had 6 separate areas where water was intruding from, (more…)
Certified Mold Remediation Companies in Roswell and Alpharetta
List of Every Certified Mold Remediation Specialist Servicing Alpharetta and Roswell If you are considering a contractor, and they are not certified, then you should choose someone else! Ryan Showers Paul Davis Restoration, Inc. Roswell, GA 30075 404-304-5814 CRMR Thomas Talen Violet Frog Roswell, GA 30076 678-671-6648 CMRS Dallas Gamble US Inspect Roswell GA 30076 770-804-0640 CRMI Erik Braunstein Safety Net Home Inspections Marietta GA 30068 770-500-7407 CRIE Jeff Sciullo ServPro of North Atlanta Alpharetta GA 30004 404-261-2925 CMR Margaret...