Lee Ramey, owner of Mold & Mildew Solutions, has inspected countless homes, basements and crawl spaces in Birmingham since 1985 in search of the mold and moisture that can damage people’s health.
“I’ve spent years perfecting a healthy way of removing mold from crawl spaces and homes, along with water management solutions to prevent mold,” Lee says.
“Wet, nasty crawl spaces can wreak havoc on your home and the health of your family,” he says, citing such conditions as allergies and respiratory illnesses.
Mold & Mildew Solutions offers a wide variety of services, including mold and moisture inspection, mold surface testing, indoor air quality testing, VOC (volatile organic compound) testing, mold remediation, crawl-space encapsulation, basement mold removal and prevention products, and moisture proofing for crawl spaces and basements.
The company is also opening a new basement waterproofing division, says Office Manager Candace Ramey, Lee’s daughter.
“We want to take care of your health and your possessions,” she says.
The company also follows rigorous industry standards and scientific principles. “We do things the right way,” she says.
Lee says crawl spaces are not intended to be part of the breathing environment, but, because of the stack effect, air travels from the bottom of your home to the top.
In fact, 25% to 50% of the air we breathe on the first floor of our home comes from the basement or crawl space, he says.
The moisture in your basement or crawl space can come from several sources, such as humid air, groundwater seepage and moisture from concrete walls and floors.
“This moisture can drift into your home by way of vapor,” Lee says. “The organic material your house is made of sucks up the moisture and causes mold to grow inside your wall cavities.”
“High relative humidity causes rot, mold and energy loss, and attracts pests,” he says.
These problems are personal for the Mold and Mildew Solutions staff.
“Everybody who works here has a personal story about how mold has affected them or one of their family members,” Candace says.
This includes her father, whose mother had respiratory issues.
Lee — known as “The Mildude” — even wrote a book, “Mold Does Not Have to be a Scary Subject,” that you can download from the company’s website.
Mold & Mildew Solutions also strives to earn the customer’s trust, Candace says.
“We start off with an inspection and build trust from there,” she says. “We find out where the issue is and focus on the solutions they need or what will be best for their situation and budget.”
Mold and Mildew Solutions will perform a thorough inspection of your crawl space, basement or home interior and provide you with a report — with digital pictures and thermal imaging, if applicable.
Lee also owns a second company in Birmingham, To The Rescue, which cleans rugs, carpets, upholstery, furniture and hardwood and offers water and flood damage restoration.
To schedule a consultation with Mold & Mildew Solutions, call 205-252-9506 or go to alabamamold.com.
To contact To The Rescue, call 205-252-5326 or go to totherescuebirmingham.com.