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Real estate Inspections

If you are a real estate agent or a home owner who needs a prompt inspection to meet due diligence limits, RCS is the company to call. We will inspect and generate a report for you in 24 hours or less. Rapid response and reporting are goals of RCS. So if you are in a bind, give us a call.

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Crawlspace Mold Remediation and Home Sales

RCS has become the experts in crawlspace mold remediation. Over the years, RCS has developed strong ties with many established and new real estate agents. When a home is on the market, the buyers will want a home inspection before they buy a house. The home inspection that follows is were most people find out the may have mold in thier crawlspace. Over the years, RCS has obtained a reputation as the crawlspace guys. We can accesss the crawlspace and let you the customers know if there is a problem or not. If there is a mold problem, we will give a fair price for the remediation.

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New Product

RCS is pleased to announce that, after trails, we are now using a new product that will safely remove minor mold from drywall without the need for drywall removal. In the past, if drywall had small amounts of mold, we always had to remove it to be safe. Now, the new product safely cleans and removes the mold down to the “root” leaving the drywall safe and mold free. You may not even have to paint after cleaning! RCS will continue to research new treatments to provide our customers with the best, most cost effective remediation treatments.

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Demolition Services

A large part of mold remediation is expert demolition. Many people do not know that RCS also provides general demolition at reasonable rates. If you have a demolition project that needs completion, we can help.  We can remove walls, carpet, kitchen cabinets, or anything else.  Call for rates.

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Termite inspections and mold

Most homeowners have at least a yearly termite inspection. While this is something we all should have done, I have noticed a trend with these inspections. Many people call after a termite inspection because the inspector has told them the crawlspace is to damp or has mold.  While termite companies are certified in termite and pest control, they are not mold specialists. I believe the report of a wet crawlspace or a moldy crawlspace is an up sell by the termite company to get more work. Typically, they want you to install a vapor barrier and a dehumidifier and do some sort of Boric Acid treatment. Boric acid will remove termites but it is not an approved mold treatment. I have even heard some termite companies want to power wash the crawlspace! Who would want large amounts of moisture introduced into your crawlspace and the potenteial damage to your Plumbing, electrical, and HVAC. Typically, people are trying to get a second opinion when they call to even see if they need mold remediation.  For the prices I see quoted by the termite companies, you could  have the mold professionally treated by a certified company.  If you think you need a second opinion about moisture in your crawlspace, call RCS for a no- obligation quote.

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Certified Mold Remediation

If you have a mold problem, you most likely will want the right person to do the work. That person should be certified, licensed, and  competent. There are a lot of companies out there that say they are certified in mold remediation. The question becomes- by who? There are online “classes” that a person can take in a few hours and become certified. Is this really what you want? Several states such as Texas and Florida now require that a mold remediation company become certified by the state. Standardization, in this case, is a good thing for the consumer. As a consumer you know that all persons calling themselves certified mold remediators will be just that. NC does not have this standard. So there is the ability for a person to become certified without the real knowledge of what it takes to do proper mold remediation. The bottom line for a consumer in NC is to ask where the certifications come from. If they are not from the IICRC or the IAQA, they are not the real, knowledge based certifications. Choose wisely and know that RCS carries IICRC certifications in Water Damage Restoration, Odor Control, Advanced Structual drying, and Mold Remediation.

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Tile flooring and mold

If you have ceramic tile flooring in your house, chances are it is in a room with plumbing. The majority of the residential tile flooring installed  are either in the kitchen or a bathroom. Tile flooring  is a great choice- it can last for a long time with little wear. However, tile flooring can also hide mold damage and rot beneath it. There are new backer boards that are being used that are made of compressed paper as opposed to the traditional backer board made of  light concrete. These backer boards are the perfect food for mold to grow on. Mold needs digestible cellulose- this composite material is almost completely made of cellulose products. If you have tile flooring make sure it is sealed and all the perimeter joints are caulked. If you tile floor ever gets wet from a pipe burst or a slow leak, remove the tile quickly. The last thing you want is to have the tile flooring holding moisture on the backer board and grow mold. RCS can measure the moisture content of tile flooring and possibly determine if you have a hidden mold situation.

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Mold Testing

There are 3 major types of mold tests that are usually done when mold testing is required or suggested. The first type of test is a swab or direct test. In this kind of test, either a swab or a sticky slide is pressed on a surface. The slide can then be looked at under a microscope to identify what molds are present. This is probably one of the most common and misleading tests. If you sample an area of direct mold intrusion, the test will have mold. But does this mean that there is mold everywhere else? Maybe not. The second and third type of tests are air samples. A viable sample and non-viable sample work the same way and are important parts of the mold testing plan. A calibrated pump pulls air onto a slide at a measured rate. The slide is then examined under the microscope and a level of mold per cubic liter of air is determined.  You should always have at least one air sample outside to compare the inside readings against. A viable sample tells you how many spores are actually alive. Since all mold spores, dead or alive, can be allergens, a non-viable sample is usually the best sample. A non-viable sample tells you all the kinds and amounts of mold in the air from the sample location. The sample should be less than or equal to the outside air sample.  If there is more mold on the inside of the house compared to the outside sample, you may have an elevated mold environment. RCS has collected mold samples for 16 years and can help you understand the results. Call today.

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Why use a specialist?

We often get asked, “why should I use you guys?”  The simple answer is that by using RCS, you have contracted with a company that has the certification and knowledge to do the job right the first time. You wouldn’t let your neighbor do your dental work, would you? You would go to the dentist, the specialist. The most common problem with using a company that does not do remediation as their primary focus is the lack of detail. It takes skill to clean mold off surfaces and building materials. Your contractor should know and understand the current mold remediation standard, general building science, and the curent building code. Without all this knowledge and experience, you may find that your contractor will do an incomplete job. Contact and contract with RCS do to the job the right!

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Excess Humidity

Many people are not aware that a primary function of your air conditioning is to remove moisture from the air. The most common way to describe moisture in the air is by measuring the relative humidity (Rh). Mold can develop on surfaces in relative humidity’s over 60% If operating properly, your AC should be keeping the house under 50% Rh.  However, if the AC is not working  correctly, the Rh can easily get beyond 60% in this region during the summer. RCS works with several of the best HVAC companies in the area. RCS can identify the problem with the HVAC, give you a referral, and clean any mold that may have developed in the house. Call RCS today if you are worried about excess humidity.

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