The Mold Solutions team was dispatched to a home in Ocean Township to assess a mold problem in the crawl space. Crawl spaces and basements are notorious for mold growth because of their high relative humidity. Many crawl spaces are still vented, allowing thick, humid outside air to enter, not to mention insects and other pests. Today’s building science recommends crawl space encapsulation with a dehumidification system to avoid water, moisture, mold, and pest issues. In addition, crawl spaces are prime spots for mold growth because the home foundation is often surrounded by water-saturated soil. With the level of annual rainfall and snow in New Jersey, we deal with wet ground and a high water table, the level at which the water and soil is completely saturated with water, throughout most of the year. All of this dangerous, property-damaging ground water is looking for any cracks or openings in the foundation to enter your crawl space. With this Ocean Twp. residence, there was a significant amount of ground water leaking into the crawl space because of a crack in a crawl space block. And with this stagnant water pooled on the crawl space floor, mold growth soon followed.
Crawl space mold growth is also a problem because that area of the home is hardly ever inspected, so problems can fester for a long time before it is noticed. No one likes going down below to check things out, hunched over with a flashlight in a dark, dank space. Even if the mold is out of sight, mold-contaminated air invades the living spaces, degrading the home’s air quality and potentially causing respiratory problems for the home residents, especially with the very young and elderly. In this case, the homeowner realized that there was a potential mold problem in the crawl space because its characteristic musky, pungent odor started to permeate the living spaces above.
After an inspection, we explained the Mold Exterm™ solution to the homeowner, and he authorized us to go forward with treatment. We first treated the affected area by applying our EPA-registered anti-microbial using electrostatic fogging. This process kills any surface mold as well as any airborne mold spores found in the crawlspace. After a waiting period to be certain the mold is dead, we then applied our patented polymer sealant, also using electrostatic fogging. This unique sealant, which is derived from coatings used for human implant devices, while completely safe and non-toxic to people, destroys mold at the cellular level. Any mold we treat is rendered inert, harmless, and non-allergenic. The sealant is also moisture-sensitive and reactivates to prevent the return of any new mold growth in the treated area.
With our mold treatment application, the treatment was completed in less than a day. The homeowner was especially pleased that no renovations would be necessary and that his family would not need to temporarily relocate while the work was being done. In traditional mold remediation, building materials that have mold growth or may have mold growth are removed from the home in bulk. Instead, our treatment process disables, kills, and seals the mold right on the spot, saving substantial time, money, and headaches. Also, since no building materials are moved, dangerous airborne mold spores are not released. With the Mold Exterm process, the microscopic mold spores are not disrupted, resulting in a cleaner, safer mold treatment process.
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