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Environmental Services Supervisor: Tom Talen

Environmental vendors should want at least these credentials, or others like them, for environmental work in Georgia and Florida.  Below are industry credentials and certifications Tom Talen has earned: CMRS Council-certified Microbial Remediation Supervisor Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Warfare School, USMC Council-Certified Residential Mold Inspector 2006 Licensed State of Florida Mold Remediator MRSR 3150 Licensed State of Florida Mold Assessor...
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General Guidelines Regarding Mold Remediation Work

The need to verify the proper insurances, certifications, licensing, technical training & experience cannot be overstated. Insurance companies issuing million-dollar insurance policies perform due diligence and research and investigate people making claims. They also investigate the contractor. Don't make the mistake of hiring a contractor who isn't prepared to do business.  Robust insurance is a strong indicator of the contractor's...
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Viral Remediation: How to Remove a Virus from your Office or Home

How to Remove a Virus from your Office or Home This guidance identifies the cleaning and disinfection of any virus within a household. The goal is to limit the survival of the virus in the home or office. These recommendations will be updated if additional information becomes available. These guidelines are focused on household settings and are meant for the general...
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Can my house make me sick? Marietta Georgia

Under certain circumstances our environments can have a negative impact on our health so let's look at ways to insure your house is a healthy place to live.  Because significant numbers of people suffer from adverse health issues related to their homes and offices, medical and environmental professionals have specific terms for these situations. You may hear terms like SBS...
How do I know if my home has mold

Can my house make me sick? Roswell Georgia

Under certain circumstances our environments can have a negative impact on our health so let's look at ways to insure your house is a healthy place to live.  Because significant numbers of people suffer from adverse health issues related to their homes and offices, medical and environmental professionals have specific terms for these situations. You may hear terms like SBS...
How do I know if my home has mold

Can my house make me sick? Alpharetta Georgia

Under certain circumstances our environments can have a negative impact on our health so let's look at ways to insure your house is a healthy place to live.  Because significant numbers of people suffer from adverse health issues related to their homes and offices, medical and environmental professionals have specific terms for these situations. You may hear terms like SBS...
How do I know if my home has mold

Can my house make me sick? Johns Creek Georgia

Under certain circumstances our environments can have a negative impact on our health so let's look at ways to insure your house is a healthy place to live.  Because significant numbers of people suffer from adverse health issues related to their homes and offices, medical and environmental professionals have specific terms for these situations. You may hear terms like SBS...
How do I know if my home has mold

Can my house make me sick?

Under certain circumstances our environments can have a negative impact on our health so let's look at ways to insure your house is a healthy place to live.  Because significant numbers of people suffer from adverse health issues related to their homes and offices, medical and environmental professionals have specific terms for these situations. You may hear terms like SBS...
How do I know if my home has mold

How do I know if my home has mold?

Use of a moisture meter There are different ways to discover if you have a mold problem with your home. First, it is important to know that all houses have some degree of mold inside the structure.  There are two primary questions that should be answered  as quickly as possible. Are the amounts of mold inside...
Do Mildew Odors Mean I Have Mold in Roswell Georgia 30075

Do Mildew Odors Mean I Have Mold in Roswell Georgia 30075

Tom does great Mold Testing  
University of Maryland College Students Fear Mold in Dorms Led to Adenovirus Death

University of Maryland College Students Fear Mold in Dorms Led to Adenovirus Death

A freshman at the University of Maryland died of complications from adenovirus on Nov. 18, raising concerns across the College Park campus as eight more students have contracted the illness. Olivia Paregol had a cough early in the school semester, and over the next few months her health continued to decline. The 18-year-old eventually developed pneumonia, and was in and...
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Do You have Mold in Your House Roswell, GA

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…)
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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…)
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Water Intrusion Repairs & Mold Testing

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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...
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Water Intrusion in Crawlspace – A Customer’s Perspective

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Can I Use Chlorine for Mold Abatement

Can I Use Chlorine for Mold Abatement?

Can I use Chlorine Dioxide for Mold Abatement? Chlorine dioxide mold abatement is a method of mold removal that many people have used in their homes and office buildings. Chlorine dioxide is a registered chemical for use in sanitizing manufacturing and laboratory equipment. It helps in mold abatement and removal by killing all the bacteria in an area that could...
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How To Know If You Have House MoldDo You have Mold in Your House Roswell, , Marietta, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Atlanta, Woodstock, Fulton county, Cobb county, DeKalb county.

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…)
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Water Intrusion Repairs – A Customer’s Perspective

Water intrusion can quickly escalate mold growth.  Without the correct tools and professional approach a water intrusion can turn into a major nightmare.  Residential customers are not typically prepared for a water intrusion emergency.  Even if you are prepared there are times when the problem is so big you just do not have the right equipment to handle the job....
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What Does “Toxic Mold” Refer To?

  "Black Mold" pictured on basement wall surface.Air Sampling is also pictured. What Does "Toxic Mold" Refer To? (more…)
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Do Mildew Odors Mean I Have Mold?

Do Mildew Odors Mean I Have Mold? When mildew odors or "musty" type odors are detected, some type of mold or other fungus is typically actively growing within a building.  When mold is in a "growth cycle" many types of molds emit microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOC's). It is these types of compounds (gases) which emit detectable orders.  Typically ,...
How To Know If You Have Mold in Your House Marietta

How To Know If You Have Mold in Your House in Marietta, Georgia

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…)
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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…)
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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?...
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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…)
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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...
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How To Know If You Have House MoldDo You have Mold in Your House Roswell, , Marietta, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Atlanta, Woodstock, Fulton county, Cobb county, DeKalb county.

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…)
I think I have a mold problem in my house What should I do Violet Frog Roswell Alpharetta

I think I have a mold problem in my house. What should I do?

There are a number of different aspects that are important to understand about mold, and how mold grows in indoor environments. Understanding the characteristics about mold will help you develop a effective strategy to combat it Mold spores are too small to be seen by the naked eye. Only when mold grows in significant quantities and colonizes on various surfaces...
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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...
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What Are the Steps of Mold Remediation?

What steps of Mold Remediation are necessary to remove the mold in your home? Mold isn't an issue you can kick down the road if you care about the health of the resident. Lungs, allergies and the immune system all take a hit daily when living in a home with mold. Step One: You really need to identify the source...
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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;...
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Structurally Drying Homes and Buildings

Structurally Drying Homes and Buildings How soon after I suffer a water loss should I get the structure dried out? The best answer is as soon as possible. Nothing good occurs by waiting or delaying structural drying processes. According to the CMHC, the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (Canada's equivalent to The United States FHA organization), (more…)
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How To Know If You Have House MoldDo You have Mold in Your House Roswell, , Marietta, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Atlanta, Woodstock, Fulton county, Cobb county, DeKalb county.

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…)
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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...
professional house mold remediation contractor

How To Know If You Have House MoldDo You have Mold in Your House Roswell, , Marietta, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Atlanta, Woodstock, Fulton county, Cobb county, DeKalb county.

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…)