Moisture Leads to Mold in Point Pleasant, NJ
A homeowner in Point Pleasant, NJ contacted Cowleys and wanted to install a 6 mil polyethylene (poly) vapor barrier in his crawl space in order to limit the moisture. Sealing an open crawl space with a vapor barrier can prevent moisture accumulation in your home, which can prevent wood rot and mold from developing.
Once we arrived, we equipped our personal protective equipment and began inspecting the crawl space. Unfortunately, within a few moments of our inspection, we found mold all over the floor joists. After measuring the moisture in the crawl space with our moisture reader, which is a device used to measure the moisture content in the pores of the wood, we determined that the cause of the mold was due to excessive moisture in the basement.
One of the main causes of mold in a crawl space, attic, or basement, is high moisture levels. Mold is a living, breathing fungus that multiplies and will continue to spread as long as the conditions in the home remain conducive to mold growth. In cases where there is structural damage from the moisture, materials would need to be removed. However, in this case, there was no structural damage so, with our treatment process, we are able to kill mold in its place.
First, we removed all the debris from the crawl space and then installed the 6 mil poly vapor barrier. After installing the vapor barrier, we applied an EPA-registered, non-toxic antimicrobial solution called Mold Abatement Polymer Solutions 1 (MAPS 1). MAPS 1 breaks down mold at a cellular level and kills it instantly. Once that solution dried, we applied a patented sealant (MAPS 2), This moisture-sensitive sealant encapsulates mold, rendering it inert, harmless, and non-allergenic. MAPS 2 reactivates when it gets moist to prevent the growth of any future mold colonies. The homeowner wasn’t happy that he had mold in his basement, but was relieved that we treated it.