Brian, a Forked River resident, has been with Cowleys since 2017. He is a valued member of our construction/home improvement crew, and has a variety of responsibilities including crawl space encapsulation (CleanSpacing), attic insulation, mold treatment, and related home improvement services.
He joins us with an extensive background in construction and carpentry. For many years, Brian was a highly skilled union carpenter. His past experience including running his own construction company and serving as the maintenance manager of a large apartment complex. Brian has a keen understanding of the importance of completing projects on time and on budget, and brings strong leadership skills to Cowleys.
Brian enjoys the variety of home improvement work offered at Cowleys. He commented that the different jobs and their unique challenges every week makes his work week interesting. He takes personal pride in his work and brings out the best in the other team members.
In his spare time, Brian enjoys coaching youth softball, and he must be doing something right out on the diamond, because he’s managed to have a run of winning seasons. He also values time spent with his family, which is his highest priority.
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.
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.
One of the Mold Solutions By Cowleys crews was called out to treat and remove mold that had formed in the basement of a restaurant in New Brunswick. The basement had significant mold growth on the joists (the lumber supporting the basement ceiling) and the walls due to moisture and condensation from high humidity levels down below.
We first treated the joists and walls were treated with our EPA-registered anti-microbial (MAPS 1) to kill the surface mold and eliminate dangerous airborne mold spores. During this process, we were able to scrub away most of the visible mold growth. Next, we applied our patented polymer sealant (MAPS 2). This sealant is safe and non-toxic sealant to people, but deadly to mold. It contains small particles silver that destroys mold at the cellular level, rendering it inert, harmless, and non-allergenic. This sealant has the unique ability to reactivate and prevent the return of any new mold growth in the treated areas, so it not kills both the existing mold growth as well as any future mold growth as well. No other mold treatment product has this capability.
Mold formation in this New Brunswick basement could have been prevented if a dehumidifier had been installed. Dehumidification is, by far, the most important long-term preventative measure for controlling dangerous crawl space and basement moisture that will inevitably lead to mold growth. We recommended the purchase of a commercial-grade dehumidifier to maintain indoor humidity at levels that would minimize or prevent 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 to keep a basement clean and dry, and stated that he would contact us at a later date if he decided to go forward with purchasing a unit.
This “before and after” of this basement in Marlboro, NJ is another demonstration of the effectiveness of our mold treatment process. The Mold Solutions crew was sent to this home to treat a a small amount of mold growth on the joists in this basement.
Rim joists are a common area for basement mold growth in many homes. especially rim spaces that are insulated with fiberglass batts. Warm, moist air easily passes through the home into the rim space and then oneness on the joists. Any area in the home that has chronic problems with excess water, moisture, or humidity, there is a high risk for mold growth — and dark, moist, humid basements can easily turn into a mold breeding ground. Hidden mold in non-living areas of the home will then transfer on air currents to the inhabited areas, often making the home’s occupants sick.
We chemically treated the entire basement using electrostatic fogging by first using an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1). Next, it was time to do the heavy-duty manual work, painstakingly scrubbing off any visible mold. Once completed, we applied a patented sealant (MAPS 2). This unique 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, our MAPS 2 sealant will reactivate and kills any new mold growth before it has a chance to take hold. No other product on the market has this capability.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There was a pending sale of a home in Middletown, NJ. During the home inspection, a plumbing leak was found. The sellers immediately had the plumbing repaired, but, as often happens, a secondary problem developed. The water intrusion had triggered some mold growth. The homeowners contacted Mold Solutions By Cowleys to treat the mold so that the pending sale could proceed without delay.
Two Cowleys mold specialists were sent to the home in order to remove the mold. We chemically treated the mold-infested area with two products, an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) followed by a patented sealant (MAPS 2) that destroys mold at the cellular level. With our sealant, any mold is rendered completely harmless and non-allergenic. This patented sealant available only to licensed distributors has a unique property. It has the ability to reactivate based on moisture conditions, that is, if any mold attempts to take root and regrow in any of the treated areas, this sealant will reactivate to kill any new mold growth before it has a chance to take hold.
Finally, we wiped down any visible staining. Mold stains are a byproduct of mold growth and are not a health concern. Mold stains are purely cosmetic, but when there is mold growth in living areas of the home, the staining is unsightly and needs to be removed.
With this mold treatment, unlike traditional mold remediation, there was no need to remove any of the mold-infested building materials. As long as there is no loss of structural integrity to the building materials, removal and subsequent renovation can be avoided, saving time and money. With our mold treatment process, the mold is treated directly. With the mold gone and the areas looking as good as new, the pending sale could now proceed without delay. The sellers were happy, the buyers were happy, and the realtors were happy. Especially in time-critical situations like pending home sales, Cowleys mold removal is a win-win for everyone.
A homeowner in Long Branch, NJ was having allergy-type respiratory issues. If you are having chronic symptoms of watery eyes, sneezing, stuffy nose, itchy nose and throat and you can’t attribute it to seasonal allergies or anything else, it may well be a sign that there is a mold problem in your home. Fortunately, she was sick and tired of being sick, and she and her husband decided to make a diligent effort to figure out the cause of these symptoms. During a thorough inspection of the basement, the husband found mold growing on the basement joists. The washer and dryer were installed in the basement, and every time she went down to do laundry, she was exposed the mold and all of the airborne mold spores. Different people have different sensitivities to mold, just like pollen, and she had an allergic reaction to the mold.
The homeowners contacted Cowleys to deal with the mold. A two-person crew from Cowleys Mold Solutions was sent over the treat the problem after the mold growth was confirmed. Whenever there is mold, it is essential to identify the underlying water problem that is triggering the mold growth. It is a common misconception that you need a flood or major water intrusion event for mold to form. Far from it. Often, as happened here, basement mold will form because of chronically high relative indoor humidity levels. We commonly find mold growing in basements, crawl spaces, and attics because of hot, stagnant, thick, wet air.
We treated the mold with our two-application process, first applying an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) followed by a patented polymer sealant that encapsulates and destroys the mold at the cellular level. With our treatment, any mold doesn’t stand a chance!
The homeowner realized that the long-term solution to basement mold was reducing the basement’s humidity levels. Shortly, we will be installing a SaniDry Sedona commercial-grade dehumidifier that is specifically designed to work in challenging environments like basements and crawl spaces. These machines can operate in temperatures as low as 40 degrees, turn on and off automatically using a built-in hygrometer, and empty directly into the drainage system. In short, they work 24/7 and are worry-free. Once this dehumidifier is installed, these homeowners will not have to worry about basement mold and, with the dramatically improved indoor air quality, this homeowner will no longer get sick from going into the basement to do the laundry!
Recently, homeowners from West Orange, NJ, found themselves with a serious mold problem in their basement. Any time there is mold, there is some underlying water intrusion event that’s responsible for the problem. Here, the culprit was a slow pipe leak coming from the first floor bathroom. Water had dripped onto the basement ceiling, and as often happens with slow pipe leaks hidden in wall voids, the leak went unnoticed for quite awhile. The homeowners realized that they had a problem when part of the basement ceiling became so water-saturated that it collapsed from its own weight. Once the water problem came to light, the homeowners observed that portions of the basement sheetrock near the ceiling had developed mold growth. Mold will often form as the byproduct of some underlying water or high indoor humidity/moisture issue.
The homeowners immediately had the pipe leak fixed. But they were left with a mold problem that needed to be treated. They contacted Mold Solutions by Cowleys. A two-man crew was sent out to treat the mold. With our treatment process, we treat the mold right where it sits, avoiding tear-outs of building materials unless they are so water-damaged that they have lost their structural integrity. Often, as we did here, we are able to resolve the mold problem in less than a day. Unfortunately, sheetrock absorbs water like a sponge and is easily damaged. We needed to remove a small part of the damaged sheetrock before starting.
We treated the mold-affected areas of the basement with two separate treatments. We first applied an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) and, after letting it dry, applied a patented polymer sealant (MAPS 2). This product fully encapsulates the mold rendering it harmless and non-allergenic. It is also moisture-sensitive and will reactivate to kill any future mold growth in the treated areas.
With this basement mold successfully treated, all that was left for the homeowners was to have the removed sections of the sheetrock replaced, and their basement will be as good as new. It’s important for homeowners to periodically inspect all of the nonliving areas of the home like basements, crawl spaces, and attics to check for water stains and other signs of potential water or humidity problems that can trigger dangerous mold growth. Although sometimes it’s unavoidable, please don’t wait until part of your ceiling collapses!
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