Mike joined the Cowleys team in 2016. He is part of our construction/home improvement crew, which includes crawl space encapsulation, TAP insulation, mold removal, and other home improvement services. Mike is comfortable working in tight challenging work areas whether it’s installing insulation an attic or mucking around in a dark, damp, spider-infested crawl space, he loves to get into the thick of things. Mike dives head first into a job, doing whatever to takes to make sure the project is done right the first time.
Mike joined Cowleys with a strong background in the construction trades, and over a decade of experience. He was seeking consistent, predictable year-round work, and Cowleys was a welcome alternative to the project-by-project construction trades where there is both a steady stream of work, and a variety of projects where you’re always learning something new.
Mike is one of those good-natured people who goes with the flow. No matter how challenging the day has been, and no matter how dirty he gets, He always manages to have a warm smile and a good laugh.
In Mike’s spare time, he has been renovating his own house. Even though he often is doing even more construction work on his time off, this is a labor of love because he’s doing it for his family. He also makes sure to carve out quality time to spend with his wife and kids.
This homeowner in Delran Township in Burlington County went on vacation. Unfortunately, a water pipe had burst and about six inches of water had accumulated throughout the floor of his crawl space.
There was also a small spot of mold growth that had started to form on a floor joint toward the back of the house. Once a home has a water or moisture problem, mold inevitably follows. And it doesn’t take long. In moist, humid conditions, some molds will start colonizing in as little as 24 hours. Fortunately, this water intrusion was caught early so the mold growth was localized. We used our patented MoldExterm sealant to chemically treat the mold. With our process, mold removal was quick and easy. No building materials had to be removed.
Mold growth is the result of water or moisture-buildup. There are numerous ways that excess water or moisture can occur inside a home. Often, its a leaky pipe. Other times, its moisture build-up in crawl spaces, attics, and basements because of chronically high indoor humidity levels. With this homeowner in ManchesterTownship, NJ, the cause of the mold formation was, believe it or not, furniture placement!
The homeowners placed furniture directly against their HVAC registers — those vent grilles in your home that cover the hole where the duct enters the room to blow out heated or cooled air. As this homeowner found out the hard way, never block these registers! Doing so not only impedes the efficiency of your HVAC system, but it can also trigger dangerous mold growth by trapping the moisture in the air that’s blowing out of the ducts.
We moved the furniture away from the walls to treat the mold. We treated all of the mold-affected areas with with two products, an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) followed by a patented sealant (MAPS 2). This sealant, available only to licensed distributors, completely destroys the mold. This sealant also reactivates based on moisture conditions. If any new mold attempts to take root and regrow in the treated areas, this sealant reactivates to kill that mold growth. No other mold treatment products on the market have this unique ability to kill potential future mold growth. The Mold Solutions crew was able to treat this mold problem in less than a day. Finally was the mold was killed, we wiped down any visible mold stains. Depending on the depth of the stain, we can usually get rid of it.
Finally, as a precaution we treated the ductwork. HVAC ducts can accumulate a layer of organic film from all of the dust particles and other contaminants in the air. This residue is more than enough organic “food” to trigger mold growth. Homeowners are surprised to learn that mold can grow in ducts since they are made of galvanized steel or aluminum, which is as far from organic as you can get! Mold will grow on many materials in your home besides just wood, drywall, and acoustical ceiling tiles.
Since there was no underlying damage to any building materials and everything was structurally sound, there was no need for a building tear-out. With our mold treatment process, we simply kill the mold right where it sits, and we are often able to do so in less than a day.
A two-member team of Mold Solutions By Cowleys was sent to a home in Millstone Township, NJ to treat an isolated mold problem in the home. Here, the bathroom fan had stopped working and, unfortunately, was not timely repaired. Without a working ventilation system in a small enclosed area such as in a bathroom where there are high moisture conditions from all of the steam and hot water, there is a high risk of mold growth. And that’s exactly what happened.
Mold had formed on the ceiling. The homeowners had the fan fixed, but it was too late. They found themselves with a serious mold problem. Once mold forms, it will either continue to spread or become dormant depending on temperature and moisture conditions. Mold, a living organism, is a type of fungus. It will not simply “die” and go away on its own. Rather, mold, by its very nature, produces mold spores that become airborne will attach elsewhere in the home. Also, a home’s occupants can breathe in those spores, and those with respiratory sensitivities can develop allergy-like symptoms or even develop respiratory infections. Any mold, not just so-called toxic black mold, is potentially dangerous and must be treated.
For this bathroom mold problem, we treated the mold with two applications. First, we applied an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) that kills the mold on contact. Second, we applied a patented sealant (MAPS 2) that is available only to licensed distributors. This sealant not only kills the mold, but it is also moisture sensitive and will reactivate to kill any future mold growth. We also wiped down any visible staining caused by the mold. Mold stains are the residue of mold growth. They are not by themselves allergenic. However, they are unsightly, aesthetically unappealing, and can give the mistaken impression that there is still a mold problem.
The homeowner learned a valuable lesson about the importance of ventilation to keep down moisture and humidity levels in enclosed spaces. It is important to have working exhaust fans in bathrooms and attics where there can be high levels of humidity. In other areas of the home, such as basements and crawl spaces, where good ventilation isn't an option, it is important to have a commercial-grade dehumidification system to avoid mold problems and have clean, dry air circulating throughout the home.
A Mold Solutions by Cowleys team was dispatched to an office building in Toms River to treat a serious mold problem in the basement. Although mold growth can happen anywhere in homes and commercial buildings, basements and crawl spaces are common trouble spots because these particular areas often have higher levels of moisture and humidity than the living spaces above. According to the owner, he has been dealing with mold issues in the basement for years. Periodically, he tried “DIY” mold remediation, including purchasing different over-the-counter mold removal sprays and saturating the mold with bleach. Not surprisingly, none of these methods worked. Every time, mold returned. The building owner commented that the only thing he successfully removed was money out of his pocket. Finally, he decided it was time to definitively treat his chronic mold problem, and after researching a number of companies and their mold removal process, decided to go with Mold Solutions by Cowleys.
First, the Mold Solutions team treated the basement with our EPA-registered anti-microbial (MAPS 1) that kills surface mold and airborne mold spores. Next, we applied our patented polymer sealant (MAPS 2). This unique sealant is available only to select pest control operators licensed to apply chemical products inside buildings. While completely safe and non-toxic, this sealant completely destroys mold. Upon contact with the sealant, any mold is rendered inert, harmless, and non-allergenic. The sealant’s unique feature is its moisture-sensitivity. It will reactivate to prevent the return of any new mold growth in the treated areas, killing both today’s mold and any future mold growth. There is no other mold application on the market with this mold-destroying capability.
This homeowner in Lakewood, NJ, had some paintings and pictures that were hung along the walls of the staircase leading into the basement. He had taken them down in order to clean them, and when doing so, had an unpleasant surprise — there was mold hiding behind them. Paintings and pictures that are flush against walls can sometimes develop mold if the walls are damp in any way. Air circulation helps to minimize mold growth. When hanging paintings or pictures, it is recommended to have a spacer so they are not in direct contact with the wall.
With this home, the staircase area had the perfect environment for mold growth because humid unconditioned air from the basement came into contact with conditioned air from the first floor. You could feel the dampness in the walls from the condensation. We treated the mold in the staircase with an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) followed by a patented sealant that encases the mold and kills it on contact. This sealant has the unique property of reactivating if exposed to moisture, killing any future mold growth in the treated areas. We also wiped down any visible mold growth as we proceeded.
The homeowner did not want to risk future mold growth in the staircase area or basement of his home. The only long-term solution is to keep down the relative indoor humidity level in the basement (below 55%), so mold cannot grow. We installed a commercial-grade high-performance SaniDry Sedona dehumidifier and filtration system that is specifically designed to work in basements and crawl spaces. These dehumidifiers operate automatically with a built-in humidity sensor (humidistat) that allows the homeowner to set the target humidity level and let the machine take care of everything else. Also, these humidifiers drain directly either outdoors or to a sump pump, so there is no pan or reservoir to empty.
The utility room of a unit in a Lakewood, NJ apartment building was located outside, off the balcony. Unfortunately, the apartment unit above theirs, with a virtually identical layout, had a water leak in their utility room. The pipe leak in the unit above was fixed, but the damage to the unit below was not corrected in time. Water had seeped down into the ceiling tile and sheetrock of the utility room. This mishap took place during the summer, and the residents of the bottom unit were unaware of the water issue above the,. These utility rooms were not air-conditioned. Also, these rooms were outside by the balcony and filled with hot, humid outdoor air. Unfortunately, the conditions were perfect for this small enclosed space to turn into a “petri dish” for mold growth.
Although the sheet rock had superficial mold growth, it had not lost its structural integrity. The only problem with the material was the mold itself. A mold remediation company had examined the utility room prior to us, and informed the apartment manager that the sheetrock would need to be torn out and carted away.
Fortunately, Mold Solutions was contacted for a second opinion. We explained that, with our treatment process, we are often able to treat the mold right where it sits, making it unnecessary to remove the underlying building materials on which the mold is growing provided that the materials are not damaged and structurally sound. In fact, treating the mold directly is far more effective because removal of building materials disrupts the mold spores. These airborne microscopic particles simply reattach elsewhere and mold growth soon reappears.
A two-man crew treated the utility room mold by applying an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) followed by a patented sealant (MAPS 2) that encapsulates the mold and kills it at the cellular level. Also, the sealant is moisture-sensitive and reactivates to kill any future mold growth. In less than a day, we successfully treated the mold and avoided an expensive and unnecessary tear-out and renovation project.
Finally, although we thoroughly wiped down the mold stains, some of the stains were too deeply embedded to remove completely. Mold stains are the residue of the mold enzymes dissolving the materials (mold is nature’s decomposer). Although mold stains look horrible, they are not harmful or allergenic like the mold itself. Even though the utility room is not a “living space” of the unit, if these residents don’t want to be reminded of the mold growth when visiting the utility room, the solution is easy. With a fresh coat of paint to the utility room walls and ceiling, you would never know that there was once was a mold problem.
A three-man crew from the Cowleys Home Improvement team was sent to a home in Toms River, NJ. As often happens in homes situated in areas with high water tables, especially after periods of heavy rain or snowmelt, this home had a significant problem with groundwater seepage.
As this homeowner found out, an unfortunate byproduct of groundwater entering a crawl space is mold growth. The homeowner realized there was a mold problem down below because that tell-tale earthy, musty smell of mold had permeated the home’s living space. To resolve this problem, we removed the existing fiberglass insulation. This type of insulation in the crawl space absorbs water and is a source for mold growth. Over time, fiberglass insulation in crawl spaces tends to fall as it becomes weighted down and mice just love this material for nesting. These types of insulation are are not specifically designed for the moisture and humidity found in crawl spaces and often wind up causing problems.
To treat the mold, we applied an antimicrobial (MAPS 1) followed by a patented sealant (MAPS 2) that not only kills the existing mold, but also has moisture-sensitivity. This sealant has the ability to reactivate and kill future mold growth in the treated areas. To effectively deal with future groundwater intrusions we installed two workhorse “smart pumps” that tie into a discharge line.
Homeowners in Toms River, NJ, found that groundwater had entered the basement. Fortunately, it wasn’t a great amount and the cleaned it up and fixed the crack where water was entering. Unfortunately, as this homeowner found out, it doesn’t take much water to trigger mold growth. A couple of days later, they checked the basement and noticed some mold growth on the sheetrock. Mold will attach to any organic material and use it as food, dissolving it with powerful enzymes. Even though sheetrock is made of inorganic gypsum, it has thick sheets of paper that mold will attach to.
Here, the sheetrock was not structurally damaged and we could treat the mold directly. As often happens, as long as there is no loss of structural integrity to the materials, we can treat the mold — often in less than a day — and leave the materials alone, avoiding an expensive tear-out and renovation project. Here, we first treated the mold with an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) followed by a patented sealant (MAPS 2) that encapsulates and kills the mold at the cellular level. Finally, we wiped down any visible mold stains. The staining is a byproduct of the mold’s enzymes. The stains are not allergic or harmful as the mold itself. However, it is aesthetically unappealing. As long as the stains are not too deep we can usually clean it off with a mold stain remover. However, sometimes, for deep mold stains, it is necessary to re-paint.
The homeowner was pleased that we could quickly resolve the mold issue. With the groundwater problem fixed, this homeowner should not have a return of mold.
Recently, a Cowleys Mold Solutions crew was sent to a home in East Brunswick, NJ, to remove mold that had formed in the basement. Whenever a home has water or excessive moisture in an enclosed area, there is always the potential for mold to form. Although mold can form anywhere in a home, the nonliving spaces including basements, crawl spaces, and attics are all trouble spots. Often, these areas suffer from chronically high humidity and, if there is a slow water leak, it is often not discovered until the damage is done.
These homeowners discovered a small leak in their basement and had the problem fixed. However, after the leak was repaired, they were still left with dangerous mold growth. Once mold grows in an area of the home, airborne mold spores released by the mold will travel and air currents throughout the home. Not only does the mold spread, but the home’s occupants breathe in this air, which can precipitate respiratory health issues. People and mold simply cannot occupy the same space!
Normally, we don’t remove sheetrock unless it is water-damaged and has lost its structural integrity.This particular customer was concerned that there may be mold growing behind the wall. We believed there was likely no issue since the sheetrock was not water-damaged, and if there were mold, it did not pose any threat since it was “locked” in a contained space. Nevertheless, for his own peace of mind, the homeowner wanted to affirmatively determine whether there was mold growth behind the wall. Pursuant to the homeowner’s instructions, we cut out some areas of the drywall so we could visually determine whether there was a hidden mold problem. Just as we suspected, there were no mold issues behind the wall. All of the mold in the basement was visible on the basement’s external surfaces.
We were ready to treat the mold. With our mold treatment process, we kill the mold right where it sits. With our process, there is no need for a massive tear-out and renovation project, and we can often do so in less than a day. Here, we treated the entire basement by applying an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) followed by a patented sealant (MAPS 2) that both kills the existing mold and reactivates with moisture to kill any future mold growth. Finally, we wiped down any visible staining. Although mold stains are harmless and non-allergenic, they are aesthetically unappealing. Nobody, including homeowners, likes to look at them. Also, visible mold stains can be an issue when a home is on the market for resale. This homeowner will be repainting the area soon.
A small family practice medical office in Howell, NJ was closed for a short time during the summer for a family vacation. While away, the building’s air conditioning system malfunctioned and stopped functioning during an exceptionally hot and humid week and the office was filled with warm humid air. The air conditioning system was immediately fixed and started pumping out cool air. However, this caused an unintended problem that often happens during our Jersey Shore summers — vent and ductwork condensation. The warm air in the building came into contact with the cooler surfaces causing the water vapor to condense into liquid form. These beads of water (often called “sweat beads”) are more than enough to trigger surface mold growth.
Since this was a doctor’s office, this mold had to be treated quickly and correctly. Cowleys Mold Solutions was contacted and a two-man crew was immediately sent over to inspect and treat the problem. We treated the mold with two applications. We first applied an EPA-registered antimicrobial, and followed that application with a patented sealant that encapsulates the mold and destroys it at the cellular level. Any mold is rendered inert and harmless. As long as there is no loss of structural integrity to any building materials, we are able to treat the mold directly with little to no interruption of business activities — usually in less than a day.
The customer was pleased that we were able to resolve this mold issue so expeditiously. He was concerned that the space would not be usable for some period of time for treating patients, and that was not the case. With our mold treatment process, everything was up and running in no time.
Mold is not just a problem limited to home and apartments. Any structure with a water or moisture problem can soon find itself with a mold problem. Here, a commercial customer in South Plainfield, NJ, had a slow pipe leak in a bathroom closet that had apparently gone unnoticed for quite some time. Finally, an employee noticed the stagnant water on the floor as well as mold growth. A plumber was called in to fix the leak prior to our arrival, but the customer was still left with dangerous mold growth that needed to be resolved.
This business used Cowleys for its pest control needs and knew of our Mold Solutions Division. A two-man Mold Solutions crew arrived to treat the mold growth quickly and easily. We treated all of the mold-affected areas with an antimicrobial (MAPS 1) followed by a parented polymer sealant (MAPS 2) that encapsulates the mold and kills it at the cellular level. No building materials needed to be removed, and we were in and out in less than a day.
Finally, there were unsightly mold stains that we were scrubbed away using our MMR stain remover. Even though the mold is completely destroyed, we do our best to remove any visible traces that there was once a mold problem. Mold stains are a residue from the enzymes in the mold. Stains themselves, unlike mold, are not allergenic or otherwise harmful to people. Nevertheless, mold stains are unsightly and aesthetically unappealing. As long as the stains aren’t too deep in the materials on which the mold has taken hold, we can get rid of all or most of them. Sometimes, if the staining is deep, the surface has to be painted over.
The customer was quite pleased that the mold problem could be resolved so quickly and without any tear-outs or renovations.
Here in New Jersey, homes are often built with crawl space foundations rather than full basements. They are called crawl spaces for good reasons. Many have heights of three feet or less, so you can only get around hunched over or crawling on your hands and knees. They aren’t built with comfort in mind! The two main reasons for builders choosing crawl spaces are cost and accessibility. Crawl spaces are less costly to build than full basements. First, there is less excavation work. Second, many Jersey Shore areas have a high water table, and dry basements built below the water table have added costs. You must have a properly installed exterior water management system for groundwater control or basement flooding will be a constant headache. Sometimes, crawl spaces can be less expensive than building a concrete slab. For example, moving dirt to level a sloping lot can get expensive. As far as accessibility, crawl spaces provide access for electrical, plumbing, and ducts work for HVAC systems. With crawl spaces, these systems are easy to service for future maintenance and repairs.
However, everything is not rainbows and butterflies when it comes to crawl spaces. First, they are rarely visited by homeowners and when problems underneath develop, they often go unnoticed for quite awhile. Contrary to what building scientists know today, most crawl spaces are vented, supposedly to get the moisture out. In fact, the opposite happens! Moist, humid air, especially during our notoriously humid Jersey Shore summers, are sucked into the crawl space. Chronically high humidity and moisture in the crawl space leads to all sorts of problems. In this “tropical” environment, insect populations thrive and mold will start to grow. Often, homeowners don’t realize there is mold in their crawl space until the earthy, musty mold smells start wafting into the living areas of the home. When mold starts growing in the basement, the mold spores are carried everywhere on air currents. Mold can start growing elsewhere in the home and the home’s occupants can start developing mold-related respiratory problems.
This home in Mantoloking, NJ, was experiencing high relative indoor humidity levels in the crawl space and the homeowner was concerned about the potential for mold growth and other moisture-related issues. He decided to deal with the issue rather than wait for problems to develop and contacted Cowleys to have his crawl space encapsulated. Cowleys has a dedicated team of technicians that convert damp crawl spaces into clean, dry areas where mold can’t grow.
With this home, we conducted a careful inspection to determine the problem areas and develop a treatment strategy. First, we had to remove all of the water-damaged insulation that was not salvageable. We then treated the crawl space for possible mold given the high moisture conditions. We treat indoor mold growth with two different applications, an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS1) followed by a patented sealant (MAPS2) that both kills mold on contact and reactivates to kill future mold growth. We then sealed all of the vents and encapsulated the entire crawl space with a thick vapor barrier. Finally, we installed a commercial-grade dehumidifier that will keep down humidity levels. Mold will only grow if there is sufficient moisture content in the air. With proper dehumidification, the mold is stopped in its tracks.
The homeowner was quite pleased with the end result and was relieved that he no longer had to worry about his problem crawl space. His only regret was not doing this work sooner!
These homeowners in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ were in the process of selling their home. As often happens, during the home inspection, mold was found in the basement. This home did not have a basement dehumidifier and their was chronically high indoor humidity that led to the mold growth.
We chemically treated the entire basement. We used an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) followed by applying a patented sealant (MAPS 2). This product not only destroys mold at the cellular level, but also has the ability to reactivate based on moisture conditions. If any mold attempts to take root and regrow in any of the treated areas, this sealant reactivates to kill any new mold growth before it has a chance to take hold.
Most important for the seller, since there were no building materials that lost their structural integrity, it was not necessary to do a major tear-out and renovation with our treatment process because we kill the mold right where it sits. With our process, there were no construction delays or other problems caused by finding mold. The sellers breathed a sigh of relief once they found out that the sale would not be derailed because of mold, and that the closing could go on as planned.
For those who are selling homes as well as the real estate agents representing them, Mold Solutions By Cowleys offers many benefits compared to traditional mold remediation not the lest of which is keeping the agreed-upon closing date on track..
This homeowner in Matawan, NJ, was in the process of selling his home. During the protective buyer’s home inspection, mold was discovered in the basement bathroom next to and on the HVAC ceiling register box. The likely cause was condensation that had formed on the ductwork. Condensation on ductwork is fairly common. It forms on when warm, moist air (which is what we are usually dealing with in a basement) comes into contact with a duct’s cooler surface. Water can condense on ductwork if there is inadequate insulation on the ductwork or if there is excessive moisture in the air. Water intrusions can cause a variety of secondary problems, including mold growth. Once mold takes hold, it can quietly spread to other areas of the home through airborne mold spores that attach elsewhere.
The homeowner seller was concerned that finding mold during the inspection would delay or even completely derail any possible sale. Fortunately, Cowleys Mold Solutions team was called in. There was no water-damaged materials and everything was structurally intact, so we could treat the mold right where it sits without the time and cost of a tear-out. To treat the mold, we applied an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) followed by a patented sealant (MAPS 2) that not only kills the existing mold, but has moisture-sensitivity and will reactivate to kill future mold growth as well. We then wiped down visible staining. Mold stains are simply the residue left from mold and is not in and of itself allergenic or otherwise harmful. Nevertheless, mold stains are aesthetically unappealing, and we wiped down the visible staining.
We offer a 1-year warranty on our mold treatment, which made the buyer comfortable to proceed, and after we had successfully removed the mold, the pending sale was not delayed. Ideally, it would have been preferable to deal with the mold prior to listing the house. Those who are contemplating selling should inspect for mold in the non-living areas of the home. Crawl spaces, basements, and attics are all trouble spots for mold because of humidity issues or water intrusion problems.
A homeowner in Metuchen, NJ, was in the process of selling his home. During the home inspection, mold growth was found in the crawl space. There was groundwater seepage into the crawl space and high humidity levels making this enclosed area of the home the perfect environment for mold growth. As often happens, mold growth in crawl spaces is often not timely discovered since it is rare for homeowners to venture down there and check on things. It is quite common that crawl space mold is discovered during home inspections. There is never a good time to find mold, but finding mold during a pending sale is particularly frustrating. The last thing any seller wants to find out is that there is a mold problem that can delay the sale or even derail it.
The homeowner contacted Mold Solutions by Cowleys. We treat the mold directly and can often avoid time-consuming and expensive tear-out and renovation projects. We only remove building materials that are water-damaged and have lost their structural integrity. Here, the only use was the mold growth, so we were able to treat the mold in less than a day and keep the pending sale on track.
We treated the mold with an effective mold-killing antimicrobial (MAPS 1) and a patented polymer sealant (MAPS 2) that encapsulates and kills mold at the cellular level, rendering it inert and harmless. We also wiped down any visible mold stains. Although residual mold stains themselves are not allergenic (these stains are just a byproduct of the mold’s enzymes dissolving whatever material it is eating), they are aesthetically unappealing and can give the mistaken impression that there is an active mold issue, when there is not. With our process, we not only kill the existing mold. This this sealant is moisture-sensitive and will reactivate to kill future mold growth as well. Our process was more than enough to give the prospective buyers complete assurance that the crawl space mold was no longer an issue.
In addition, when there is mold growth, it is important to identify and fix the underlying issues causing the mold growth in the first place. With groundwater seepage, we recommend crawl space encapsulation and, of course, an efficient dependable sump pump. To keep down humidity levels, the only effective long-term solution is dehumidification. Here, the sellers asked us to install a SaniDry Sedona dehumidifier to keep down moisture in the air, so mold would be unable to form.
The SaniDry dehumidifiers that we install and service are made with commercial-grade components. They are specifically designed to operate in basements and crawl spaces where humidity levels, especially during the summer, can skyrocket. These dehumidifiers operate automatically with a built-in hygrometer, and they empty into the drainage system, so there is no water pan to empty. They are truly worry-free machines. Perhaps best of all, with clean, dry air in your basement or crawl space, the entire home’s indoor air quality is dramatically improved. With these machines keeping down humidity levels, those musty odors from down below that permeate the home’s living spaces soon disappear.
These homeowners in Colts Neck needed to have mold in their basement treated in order to be able to put their home up for sale and attract potential buyers. For obvious reasons, active mold growth in a home is unacceptable to the majority of potential home buyers. As often happens, mold problems are either ignored or not discovered until the home-selling process, and unfortunately, by that time, the mold growth has progressed making it more expensive to treat. Also, the delay in treating the mold exposes the occupants of the home to a variety of respiratory problems.
The basement mold was caused by excess moisture and high indoor humidity in the basement. This home went for years without dehumidification and there were also indications of groundwater seepage into the basement. Homes situated in areas with high water tables are especially prone to flooding and groundwater intrusion, and it is important for homeowners to keep an eye on their investment. Water and moisture damage is the culprit of a wide range of problems, from mold growth to wood rot that can damage a home’s foundation.
We treated the entire basement with MAPS 1 and MAPS 2, wiping down all hard surfaces. MAPS 1 is our EPA-registered anti-microbial that kills the surface mold and any airborne mold spores. MAPS 2 is our patented polymer sealant. Any mold that comes into contact with this sealant is completely destroyed at the cellular level. The sealant is also moisture-sensitive and reactivates to prevent the return of any new mold growth in the treated area.
This homeowner in Manasquan was having a chronic moisture problem in his basement. The basement ductwork had a chronic condensation problem — water droplets were forming on the outside of the ducts, creating a big mess. Condensation on ductwork can lead to all sort of problems including damage to ceilings and drywall as well as mold growth.
Ductwork condensation is especially a problem in New Jersey during our humid summer months. Why? When that sticky, warm, humid basement air comes into contact with a cold surface like your air conditioner’s ductwork, that surface will chill the air enough to cause the water vapor to “condense” into liquid form. The process of condensation is what forms the moisture you see on a glass of a cold beverage that’s sitting outside on a hot summer day. And it also forms those troublesome “sweat beads” that start dripping on the outside of your ducts.
You’ll start having problems with ductwork condensation if there is inadequate insulation on the ductwork or if there is excessive moisture in the air. Proper duct insulation blocks the warmer air from coming into direct contact with the cold ducts. However, just insulating your ducts is not enough. If you have hot humid air circulating in your basement, the insulation itself will become saturated with moisture — ruining the insulation, reducing its R value, and triggering mold growth. The most surefire way to deal with duct condensation and other moisture sources in your basement or crawl space is by reducing your indoor humidity levels. And the best way to reduce indoor humidity, which often leads to dangerous mold growth, is by installing an effective dehumidification system.
Unfortunately, this homeowner found himself with mold growth throughout the basement because of the heavy condensation that had formed on the ducts. Prior to Mold Solutions By Cowleys arriving to treat the mold, he had the ducts properly insulated. He also installed a dehumidifier. Cowleys also carries and installs top commercial-grade, automatic, maintenance-free dehumidifiers that are specifically designed and built for below-grade basements and crawl spaces. Our dehumidifiers are NOT the same as those sold at the big box stores, which aren’t designed for heavy-duty constant use.
The Cowleys Mold Solutions team arrived to treat the mold. Unlike traditional mold remediators, we chemically treat the mold right where it sits. As a result, unless the building materials have lost their structural integrity from water damage, it is not necessary to do a massive and expensive tear-out. Instead, we focus of removing the dangerous mold — and usually can do so in less than a day.
First. using electrostatic fogging, we applied our anti-microbial fungicide (MAPS 1) that kills the surface mold and any airborne mold spores. We then followed this application by using foggers to coat the basement with our patented polymer sealant (MAPS 2). This product immediately destroys any mold, not to mention virtually any other virus or pathogen in its path. The sealant is moisture-sensitive and has the unique ability to reactivate to prevent the return of any new mold growth in the treated area. Afterwards, we meticulously wiped down all hard surfaces. With the mold destroyed and the underlying problem that had caused the mold growth fixed, this homeowner permanently solved his basement’s moisture and mold issues.
This Holmdel homeowner, while readying their home for sale, found surface mold growing in their basement. We first treated the mold with our EPA-registered anti-microbial (MAPS 1) to kill the surface mold and eliminate dangerous airborne mold spores. During this process, we thoroughly wiped down all of the hard surfaces to eliminate most of the visible mold growth. Next, we applied our patented polymer sealant (MAPS 2). This sealant not only completely destroys existing mold. It also reactivates when exposed to water or moisture to prevent the return of any new mold growth in the treated areas. As a result, this sealant has the unique capability of killing any future mold growth.
We discussed with the homeowners the installation of a dehumidifier to prevent the mold from coming back. Dehumidification is, by far, the most important long-term preventative measure for controlling moisture that will inevitably lead to mold growth. Mold Solutions By Cowleys sells and services powerful, maintenance-free dehumidifiers specifically designed for basements and crawl spaces. The owner understood the importance of dehumidification. However, because they were in the process of selling, the homeowners did not want to make the investment immediately before the sale, and would rather discuss the long-term resolution of mold issues in the basement with any prospective purchasers. In New Jersey, sellers are required to disclose water and dampness problems and the presence of mold in the home.
The photos show the “before and after” of our mold treatment. As you can see, once we are done with our treatment, there are no signs of mold. It is completely gone. With our treatment, it is not only is the visible mold gone, but all mold is rendered harmless and non-allergenic, so that home indoor air quality is restored.
Mold is the unfortunate result of some water intrusion or chronic humidity/high moisture conditions in a home. A two-person crew from the Cowleys Mold Solutions division was sent to a home in Lincroft, NJ to deal with a mold problem caused by a slow plumbing leak from their bathroom that had gone undetected for a while. The dripping water caused extensive mold growth on the floor joists and sheathing in the basement.
We treated the mold-affected areas. First, we applied our EPA-registered anti-microbial (MAPS 1). Next, we applied a patented polymer sealant (MAPS 2), wiping down any visible mold growth. Our chemical mold treatment process is truly the “next generation” of mold treatment because it kills the mold growth right where it has formed. As long as there is no loss of structural integrity to the building materials, this chemical process often avoids expensive and unnecessary tear-out and renovation projects that are traditionally associated with mold treatment.
Our MAPS 2 sealant, while completely safe and non-toxic, instantly destroys mold on contact. Its unique quality is moisture-sensitivity. Once applied, it lies dormant ready to work again. If exposed to moisture, it reactivates, preventing the return of any new mold growth in any of the treated areas. I’ve been in the home repair and improvement business for quite awhile and it’s one of the most amazing products that I’ve had a chance to work with.
These homeowners were quite pleased that we could successfully treat the mold growth so quickly, and that we could get rid of the mold while leaving the building materials alone. With our chemical mold treatment process, these homeowners avoided a big construction job with a big price tag.
These homeowners in Lincroft, NJ, in Monmouth County found themselves with some water in the storage area of their basement caused by a pipe leak.They immediately had the leak fixed and cleaned up the stagnant water. However, it doesn’t take long for mold to form. In fact, following some water intrusion, mold can form in 24 hours. These homeowners found themselves with mold growth in the storage area and on some of the personal items they had stored there. The homeowners were getting ready to clean out and re-organize the basement area, but were hesitant to start touching or moving any of the mold-affected items because they did not want to touch the moldy items or risk dislodging and spreading the mold, making the problem even worse.
The homeowners contacted our Mold Solutions division to treat the mold growth before doing anything else. We treated the both the mold-affected items themselves before they were moved out of the home as well as the storage area of basement. Since no building materials had lost their structural integrity, no tear-out and renovation was necessary. All these homeowners had to do was remove the personal items that were ruined from the mold. Our treatment process involves two applications. We first apply an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) and follow it with a patented sealant (MAPS 2) that encapsulates and kills the mold so that it is insert, harmless. and non—allergenic. This sealant is also moisture-sensitive and will reactivate, automatically stopping future mold growth in any of the treated areas. We can usually complete our treatment process in less than a day.
Finally, we wiped down the mold stains. Mold stains are caused by the enzymes in the mold that eats away the organic material that it is growing on. Mold will grow on almost anything, even processed building materials like ceiling tiles and sheetrock. Mold stains themselves are a non-allergenic residue. However, no one wants to look at these aesthetically unappealing stains. Sometimes, because of either the nature of the building material or because the mold stains are too deep, we are unable to completely remove all traces of the stains. Here, no mater how much scrubbing we did, we could not get off all the staining on this basement door. The homeowners thought they would need to replace the door. They were pleased to find out that, with the mold completely treated, it was not necessary to buy a new door. With a fresh coat of paint, the door would look as good as new.
Recently, during a pending sale of a home in Wall Township, NJ, the home inspector found mold growing underneath the basement stairs. Often, hidden mold in the non-living spaces of the home are not discovered until there is a pending sale. A determination of mold at this juncture can potentially delay or derail a pending sale. At some point, there had been a small water intrusion in that corner of the basement, and, unbeknownst to the homeowner/seller, had triggered some mold growth. The mold growth wasn’t extensive, which is probably why it went unnoticed until discovered by the home inspector. Nevertheless, it was enough of a problem to potentially throw a wrench into the works, so to speak.
The homeowner contacted Mold Solutions to treat the mold. We went into the home with one objective: to quickly and completely treat the mold so that the pending sale could proceed without delay.
Upon arrival, the two-man crew from Cowleys went straight to work. After identifying the mold-affected areas of the basement, we applied an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) followed by a patented sealant (MAPS 2) that encapsulates the mold and kills in at the cellular level rendering it inert, harmless, and non-allergenic. Often, like with this mold treatment project, we are able to treat the mold and wrap things up in less than a day. We treat the mold directly and, as long as the building materials on which the mold is growing has not lost its structural integrity, there is no need for an extensive project to remove any materials with surface mold growth. With a pending real estate sale, this can make all the difference.
Here, the mold team, as we always do in these time-critical situations, kept the sale on track with no delays. Everyone here was happy — the seller, the buyer, and, of course, the real estate agents who worked hard to facilitate the sale.
A homeowner inspection that uncovers mold growth does not necessarily mean a lost sale or significant renovation expenditures to remedy the problem. Instead, with our mold treatment process, we can resolve most mold issues in less than a day — and with a pending sale that means no delay in the closing.
These Belmar homeowners recently had their roof replaced because of roof leaks. During the renovation, they found mold growth in the attic from water intrusion. Fortunately, the roof replacement fixed the underlying water intrusion problem, but there was still dangerous mold growth that needed to be removed.
As is often the case, there were no water-damaged building materials, so there was no need for any massive tear-out and renovation. Instead, we could efficiently and effectively chemically treat and kill the mold in less than a day, saving thousands of dollars on unnecessary construction. We first treated the affected areas by applying our EPA-registered anti-microbial (MAPS 1). This application kills any surface mold as well as any airborne mold spores. W then applied our patented polymer sealant (MAPS 2). This unique sealant, while completely safe and non-toxic, this sealant destroys completely mold. Upon contact with the sealant, any mold is instantly 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.
These Belmar homeowners were quite pleased that Cowleys was able to successfully treat the mold growth in their attic so quickly, and with much less disruption and cost than traditional mold remediators. With the help of Mold Solutions by Cowleys, these homeowners did what makes the most sense when it comes to mold removal — treating the mold right where it sits and leaving perfectly good building materials alone. By doing so, the homeowners expediently and effectively got rid of the mold, and one less potential headache was resolved.
A homeowner in Old Bridge Township, NJ found himself with a basement mold problem. Indoor mold will start to grow wherever there is a water or chronic moisture problem inside the home. Here, the culprit was a leaking dehumidifier. Apparently, the dehumidifier had been leaking for some time before anyone noticed. When working properly, dehumidifiers can do wonders preventing mold growth by extracting excess moisture from the air. The problem, however, is that with store-bought “off the rack” machines, there is a wide range in quality, and most are lacking in one respect or the other. Some simply are not powerful enough for the square footage requiring coverage. As this homeowner found out the hard way, others aren’t build that well and are prone to leaking. For this homeowner, his dehumidifier was a hindrance rather than a help.
For homeowners looking for reliable trouble-free dehumidifiers, Cowley sells and installs commercial-grade machines specifically designed for the challenging environment of basements and crawl spaces. We install them so that they drain directly into the home’s drainage system. There is no water pan to empty or overflow, which is important when installed in the non-living spaces of homes.
The excess moisture triggered mold growth on the bottom of the furniture where the carpet was soaked through. We removed the carpeting because it was still wet from the leak, and then treated the mold-affected areas. We first applied an EPA-registered anti-microbial (MAPS 1) followed by a patented sealant (MAPS 2) that encapsulates the mold and kills it at the cellular level.
The homeowner decided to postpone installation of one of our Sani-Dry dehumidifiers. One of our most popular units, the Sedona, would have been perfect for this home. However, the homeowner felt that there was not enough of a chronic high indoor humidity problem that would trigger mold growth. He wanted to wait and see before making the investment, even though there are many benefits for house-wide dehumidification besides mold prevention, not the least of which is dramatic improvement of indoor air quality.
We are hopeful that the homeowner is correct and that this mold growth resulted from this one-time water issue and he did not have other water or moisture issues. However, before leaving, we gave a friendly reminder that Cowleys is always here if he finds himself with a high indoor humidity problem in his home that needs to be addressed. During the fall and winter, it’s easy to forget how bad things were in our basements and crawl spaces during those high humidity summer months.
A Neptune homeowner was in the process of a massive renovation project. The contractor had gutted the interior of the home, saving only the foundation, floor, exterior walls, and roof structure. Unfortunately, during the tear-out, there was an unwelcome discovery: Mold was found behind the insulation and sheetrock. The contractor removed all of the mold-covered insulation, and the homeowner called Mold Solutions By Cowleys to treat the mold found on the studs and sheathing.
Signs of mold growth are often subtle, especially in situations such as this Neptune home where the mold growth is not visible. Hidden mold can grow out of sight behind walls in the wall cavities. These spaces can contain pockets of humid, moist air where mold can thrive. Mold requires an organic food source, and drywall is high in cellulose. Mold does not only grow on the visible side of drywall. It can just as easily grow on the hidden side. As this Neptune homeowner found out, insulation is a fertile reservoir for mold. It may not only contain organic material, but it also traps large amounts of dust that, amazingly enough, is also food for mold. Insulation that has mold must be removed and replaced. Mold may be hidden underneath the insulation’s spongy layers, so it cannot be directly treated or completely cleaned out.
How do you know if you have hidden mold? As with this Neptune homeowner, sometimes you don’t know unless and until there is a big renovation project and walls are torn out. However, there may be other signs. For example, one sign of mold is unexplained allergic symptoms of a family member that seems to worsen when in the home and diminish when away. Other times, while you may not see mold, but you can certainly smell it — that musty, earthy mold odor that we instinctively identify as mold. However, there are strains of mold that don’t release those “smelly” compounds, so even if you don’t smell mold, there still may be mold growth in your home. Finally, there is always the risk of mold growth in any home that has had a water intrusion problem in the past like flooding, water leaks, or chronic moisture and high humidity issues. If your home has or had water problems, mold problems are never far behind.
These pictures show Mold Solutions By Cowleys before and after treatment of mold. We first treated the affected studs and sheathing by applying our EPA-registered anti-microbial using electrostatic fogging, which kills any surface mold as well as any airborne mold spores. We then applied our patented polymer sealant, also using electrostatic fogging. This unique sealant is available only to authorized pest control operators licensed to apply chemical products inside structures. While completely safe and non-toxic to people, this sealant 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 areas. In order words, the sealant not only kills today’s mold growth; it stops tomorrow’s growth as well.
The homeowners were pleased that their hidden mold problem was resolved in less than a day and that the renovation schedule was not delayed. While mold is a serious problem, it is a problem that can be easily remedied — provided that the homeowner chooses the right mold treatment process. Since these building materials just had superficial mold growth and there was no loss of structural integrity, all of the materials could be saved. The homeowner was relieved that Cowleys could take care of the mold problem in a cost-effective way. Because of our treatment process and patented applications, there was no major reconstruction of the home beyond what was already planned and budgeted.
What ’s the worst that can happen if your basement is not dehumidified? Plenty. Just take a look. This homeowner in Perth Amboy, NJ found out what can happen the hard way.
Chronically high relative indoor humidity will create an environment that is ripe for dangerous mold growth. Homeowners do not need a major water intrusion event like a flood for a serious mold problem to develop. More often than not, mold will form from a slow leaky pipe or high humidity conditions in which the air is saturated with water vapor. Often, this vapor condenses into water beads on cold surfaces like air conditioning ducts. To keep mold from forming, and for your own health and comfort, relative indoor humidity should be kept below 55%.
Fortunately, this situation can be remedied. To treat the mold, we would apply an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) followed by a patented sealant (MAPS 2) that encapsulates the mold and kills it at the cellular level. The process also involves quite of manual labor since we scrub the surfaces to remove any visible mold growth. But how do you keep mold from returning? The only long-term solution is to address the underlying reason for the mold growth in the first place — high indoor humidity. For a basement of this size (under 3000 sq ft), we would install a commercial-grade Sani-Dry Sedona dehumidifier. Unlike generic store-bought dehumidifiers, these machines are specifically designed to work 24/7 in the challenging environments of crawl spaces and basements. These dehumidifiers are maintenance-free and require no human intervention to operate. They turn on and off automatically based on a built-in hygrometer that measures humidity levels. Also, we install them to drain the extracted water directly into a sump pump or condensation pump, so there is no water pan to worry about overflowing.
Mold growth in basements and crawl spaces is still a problem even though it is not growing directly in the living spaces of the home. Mold colonizes by releasing microscopic mold spores that attach elsewhere. This spores will travel on air currents throughout the home. For those with mold sensitivities, inhaling these spores can trigger serious respiratory issues. Although any strain of mold is potentially harmful, toxic black mold has it’s own particular set of serious health issues.
A church in Asbury Park, like many residences and commercial structures in this oceanfront city, deal with groundwater issues because of its high water table. The water table is the level at which the soil and gravel are completely saturated with water, and properties near oceans and other large bodies of water face exceptionally high water tables. When compounded by heavy rains or significant accumulated snow melt, the water table is often at or above basement and crawl space levels. Once this occurs, groundwater becomes a serious nuisance, seeping through the porous concrete foundation, often causing flooding.
Once there is a water intrusion in a basement or crawl space, there is not only potential damage from the water itself. Another significant problem will inevitably arise: Mold! Mold is a living breathing fungus that consumes wood and other organic materials. It grows and colonizes through airborne spores. Over time, mold will destroy wood, drywall, carpeting, and any many other building materials. Beyond property damage, mold is also a serious health issue. Its airborne spores can have a devastating impact on indoor air quality and cause respiratory problems for those living or using the premises.
Unfortunately, this church did not deal with its groundwater issues in a timely fashion, and as shown in these pictures, found itself with a serious mold problem in its basement. They knew the mold problem had to be addressed or matters would just get worse, and contacted Mold Solutions By Cowleys to get rid of the mold.
Our Mold Solutions team treated all of the mold growth throughout the entire basement. First, we applied our EPA-registered anti-microbial (MM1) using electrostatic fogging, which kills any surface mold as well as any airborne mold spores. We were then ready to apply our patented polymer sealant (MM2), also using electrostatic fogging. This unique sealant is available only to authorized pest control operators licensed to apply chemical products inside structures. While completely safe and non-toxic to people, this sealant 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 areas. The sealant not only kills today’s mold growth; it stops tomorrow’s growth as well.
Finally, we painstakingly wiped down as much of the visible mold that we could access to remove the mold stains.
To help prevent mold growth in your home, it is important to move moist humid air out of the home before it can condense and lead to dangerous mold growth. It’s why we have exhaust systems for clothes dryers, attic ventilation fans, and bathroom ventilation fans. When any of these systems are not properly functioning and fail to move moist air out of the home or have been improperly installed, wood rot and other damage from moisture and the dangerous consequence of chronic moisture conditions, mold growth, often results.
Bathrooms, because of all of the moist air created from hot showers, are one of the most common sources of mold growth in a home. The problem is not only visible mold growth that you see in the bathroom. Mold can form in adjacent spaces as well. For example, moist air can penetrate into wall voids through gaps and cracks around electrical outlets. Also, the Cowleys Mold Solutions team often finds mold growth in attics that’s caused by hot, moist bathroom air. If you have an uninsulated vent pipe that’s running through your cooler attic, condensation will form inside the piping. When you see water to dripping from the bathroom fan cover, it usually isn’t a roof leak. Most of the time, it’s water that’s flowing back down the pipe into the fan. Other problems are caused by venting the bathroom exhaust fan directly into the attic or by placing the vent termination near or under a roof overhang where the moist air then gets sucked up into the open soffit vents straight into the attic. When hot, moisture-filled bathroom air circulates in your attic, the result is often wood rot and mold growth.
These homeowners in Eatontown had their bathroom vent hose detach from the bathroom vent fan, and hot bathroom air was being belched straight into the attic pretty much every day someone was taking a nice, hot shower. This problem went unnoticed for about a year, resulting in significant mold growth all over the attic rafters and roof sheathing.
Once the problem was found, the homeowners immediately had the hose fixed. But they had a mold problem that needed to be resolved. They contacted Mold Solutions By Cowleys to kill the mold. Since all of the building materials were structurally intact with no water damage and only had superficial mold growth, there was no need for a massive tear out and renovation project. Instead, we were able to permanently remove the mold in less than a day with our treatment process that involves two separate products.
First, we applied our EPA-registered anti-microbial (MAPS 1). Next, we applied our patented polymer sealant (MAPS 2). This sealant is what makes our mold treatment process unique in the industry. We treat the mold directly right where it sits, avoiding expensive and unnecessary tear-outs. This completely safe and non-toxic sealant instantly destroys mold on contact, rendering it inert, harmless, and non-allergenic. The sealant is also moisture-sensitive. Whenever it senses moisture, the sealant reactivates to prevent the return of any new mold growth in any of the treated areas.
Needless to say, the homeowner was quite relieved that his attic mold problem could be addressed and resolved so quickly. The lesson learned in these cases is to periodically check those seldom visited places in your home like your crawl space and attic to make sure that there are no mold issues or other hidden problems lurking above or below.
During a pre-sale inspection of a home in Oceanport, NJ mold was discovered in the basement. As often happens, the mold is discovered in the nonliving areas of the home when there is a detailed inspection pending a sale. To avoid this scenario and stay on top of problems, we encourage homeowners to periodically inspect their nonliving areas of the home, especially basements and crawl spaces, where there are often water and moisture issues because of chronically high indoor humidity levels.
The sellers were concerned because the sale was now put on hold pending treatment of the mold problem. There was a lot of anxiety and worry not knowing the costs involved and how long it would take to be to fix. The seller had good news from Cowleys. As long as there is no loss of structural integrity of the building materials, with our mold treatment process, massive tear-outs and renovations can be avoided. Instead, we directly treat the mold right where it sits leaving the underlying building materials alone.
With this basement, we treated the mold with two of our two-part system, an EPA-registered anti-microbial (MAPS 1) followed by a patented sealant that kills mold on contact and has the ability to reactivate to kill future mold growth (MAPS 2). We then wiped down the visible mold stains. We were in and out in less than a day completely resolving the mold issue. Needless to say, the seller (not to mention the real estate agent) was happy that the pending sale was immediately back on track with no delays. Over the long term, to deal with the moisture issues in the basement, we are hopeful that the buyers will consider installing a commercial dehumidification system. By keeping basement humidity levels low, mold will not form and the home will have clean, dry air circulating throughout.
Recently, a property investor who owns and manages a 4-unit apartment building in Oceanport, NJ, contacted Mold Solutions By Cowleys to treat a mold problem. His building had a significant water intrusion event. A water pipe had burst in one of the 2nd-floor units, which, in turn, caused fairly extensive flooding in the apartment underneath. If there is any good news with large, immediate events as opposed to slow pipe leaks or moisture problems from high humidity, the problem is often noticed and addressed immediately. Over the long term, hidden water and moisture problems is slow and steady, and can result in significant property damage.
Since the water problem was caught quickly, the landlord thought that there would not be enough time for any mold to set in. It’ a pretty common misconception that it takes awhile for mold to start forming after a water leak. In fact, mold starts growing immediately. Mold spores will attach to damp or wet organic materials — wood products, ceiling tiles, cardboard, wallpaper, carpets, drywall, fabric and even insulation — as long as there is enough water or moisture and temperature conditions are right (mold thrives in hot, humid surroundings). Some strains of mold can easily grow within 24 to 48 hours from the water intrusion event, and begin to colonize a day or two thereafter. While it may take a week or two before mold grows enough to be seen by the naked eye, mold is often there at the microscopic level. Inevitably, there is a delay between mold formation and when it is first discovered.
With this particular job, mold growth was discovered when renovations started a short time later. They immediately called us to make sure this mold problem was handled correctly and there were no tenant mold-related complaints down the road.
We treated all of the mold-affected areas with with two products, an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) followed by a patented sealant (MAPS 2). This sealant, available only to licensed distributors, completely destroys mold, rendering it harmless and non-allergenic. This sealant also reactivates based on moisture conditions. If any new mold attempts to take root and regrow in the treated areas, this sealant reactivates to kill that mold growth. No other mold treatment products have this unique ability of lying in wait to kill potential future mold growth.
The Mold Solutions crew was able to treat this mold problem in less than a day, and the renovations were back on track for this landlord with no time loss.
Recently, a two-person crew from the Mold Solutions Division of Cowleys was sent to a home in Oceanport, NJ in Monmouth County. These homeowners had a detached garage used for storage that they rarely entered. After not going in there for a few weeks this summer, they opened it up and found an unpleasant surprise waiting for them — there was extensive mold growth on the ceiling. Since there was no indication of a roof leak or other water intrusion, the homeowners believed the mold was due to accumulated humidity buildup from the garage not being opened up for a few weeks.
We treated all of the mold-affected areas of the garage with an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) followed by a patented sealant (MAPS 2) that instantaneously encapsulates and kills mold in any of the treated areas. This sealant is moisture-sensitive and will reactivate to kill any future mold growth. Finally, we wiped down all of the visible mold stains. Although mold stains themselves are not allergenic, they are aesthetically unpleasant and we strive in our mold projects to remove all traces of mold.
Since the homeowners don’t regularly use the garage, they decided to install a dehumidification system to keep down humidity levels so mold could not form. For this homeowner, we installed a commercial-grade SaniDry Sedona dehumidifier. These machines are ENERGY STAR certified, and remove more water from the air for the same electricity costs as the standard dehumidifiers sold at a big box store. These maintenance-free machines are specifically designed to work in challenging environments. They have the capacity to remove over 95 pints of water from the air daily, and move over 300 cubic feet of dry air per minute. By extracting so much moisture from the air, these dehumidifiers can keep indoor relative humidity below 55%, and at these low levels, mold is unable to form. There is no better long-term solution to prevent mold growth than by installing a quality dehumidification system.
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