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Brian Gural

Mold Solutions by Cowleys

Title: Mold Treatment Technician

Hometown: Forked River

Brian Gural from Mold Solutions by Cowleys

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.

 

 
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    Joe S. of Toms River, NJ

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              did a great job!
    Joe S.
    Toms River, NJ
  • "I am moving to Florida and will no longer need the mold warranty, but I wanted the office to know that the..." Read Full Testimonial

    Dr. Alan H. of Manalapan, NJ

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              I am moving to Florida and will no longer need the mold warranty, but I wanted the office to know that the mold crew has been amazing. I never had an issue with their service and they were always a pleasure to talk to.
    Dr. Alan H.
    Manalapan, NJ
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    Robert F. of Lakewood, NJ

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              Were both excellent.
    Robert F.
    Lakewood, NJ
  • "Nelson and Brian were extremely professional, polite and..." Read Full Testimonial

    Joe K. of Holmdel, NJ

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              On time. I'm a teacher and I know that positive feedback is something that should be brought to the owner's attention!
    Joe K.
    Holmdel, NJ
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    William M. of Spring Lake, NJ

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              Cowleys for a number of services and we are always very pleased.
    William M.
    Spring Lake, NJ
  • "Excellent professional work." Read Full Testimonial

    Camillo L. of Belmar, NJ

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              Excellent professional work.
    Camillo L.
    Belmar, NJ

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  • Mold Removal from Floor Joists in Delran, NJ
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    Mold Removal from Floor Joists in Delran, NJ
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    Mold Removal from Floor Joists in Delran, NJ

    Recently, this homeowner in Delran, NJ went on vacation and while he was gone, a water pipe had burst in his crawl space and about six inches of water had accumulated.  

    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 treated the affected areas with our EPA registered anti-microbial called MAPS 1, which attacks mold on a cellular level and kills it instantly. We then scrubbed away the mold and applied MAPS 2, which is our patented sealant that encapsulates the surface mold is growing on and renders the mold non-allergenic and harmless. MAPS 2 is also moisture-sensitive and reactivates whenever it gets wet to prevent the return of mold.

     

  • Mold Removal in Bordentown, NJ
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    Mold Removal in Bordentown, NJ
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    Mold Removal in Bordentown, NJ

    We were sent out on a service call for a homeowner in Bordentown, NJ who noticed a small amount of mold growth in his basement. We equipped our personal protective equipment and began a thorough inspection of the basement. Within minutes we found mold growing on one of the joists in the basement. 

    Even a small amount of mold can cause a variety of health problems, especially those who are immune-compromised and have chronic lung illnesses. Now that we located the mold growth, the next step is finding out the cause of the mold growth. After another thorough inspection with our hygrometer, which measures the humidity (amount of water vapor) in the air, we confirmed that this basement had an unacceptably high level of humidity.  

    Homes require an acceptable range of humidity for our comfort and health, and air that is too dry or too wet can be the source of problems for homeowners. Homes are most comfortable at humidity levels between 30 - 50%. High humidity levels can cause condensation on windows, wet stains on walls and ceilings, musty odors, mold growth, and over extended periods of time, wood rot and structural damage.

    With our mold treatment process, we first applied MAPS 1, an EPA-registered anti-microbial application. MAPS 1 (Mold Abatement Polymer Solution 1) is specifically designed to kill active mold growth. We then scrubbed the surface mold and applied MAPS 2, a patented polymer sealant that encapsulates the existing dead mold and prevents future mold from growing.

    To treat the high humidity levels, we installed SaniDry commercial-grade dehumidifiers. These machines are specifically designed and manufactured for the challenging environments of basements and crawl spaces. The SaniDry XP can effectively cover indoor living spaces over 3000 square feet, making it well-suited for basements and crawl spaces over 40” high. Now, this basement will no longer have chronic humidity issues and the risk of dangerous mold growth has been removed.

  • Mold Makes Air Conditioner its New Home in Trenton, NJ
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    Mold Makes Air Conditioner its New Home in Trenton, NJ
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    Mold Makes Air Conditioner its New Home in Trenton, NJ

    The Mold Solutions team was dispatched to a residence in Trenton, NJ to take care of a mold problem. And it is a good thing that the homeowner called us when he did — before we are visited this summer by warm, humid “time to turn on the air conditioning” weather.

    Mold is a type of fungus. It’s a living, breathing, reproducing organism. As long as there is water or moisture, mold will grow. Mold will consume any organic material by releasing dissolving enzymes. It will even grow on non-living surfaces other than wood because it can live and thrive on thin layers of dust. Dust, which inevitably contains organic debris, pretty much covers everything around us, even if we don’t always see it. As a result, mold is able to rear its ugly head almost anywhere and everywhere. And, as seen with this mold job, air conditioning units are not exempt from developing a nasty mold problem. With this home, the mold had attached itself to the central air unit. Even worse, this mold would have continued to release spores into the ductwork. Once the unit was turned on, the AC system would have turned into a mold-dispersing system, spewing out mold spores throughout the entire home. There is no faster way to spread mold throughout a home than blowing out mold spores through a forced-air HVAC system.

    Why do HVAC systems often have mold issues? These systems do a great job of removing excess humidity, one of the most common culprits of indoor mold growth. That’s why it’s smart to use your AC on those hot summer days. Not only are you more comfortable, but you also reduce the chance of mold growth in your living areas. However, over time, mold can become an issue because damp air combined with dust and debris that gets past the air filter can create an environment ripe for mold growth. With AC units, mold often starts to grow on the evaporator coils where the condensation pan is located and where there is always some residual water. Standing water along with our humid, hot New Jersey summer air creates a breeding ground of all sorts of mold and fungi. Homeowners should periodically have their HVAC company inspect their system for mold and moisture before turning it on. The HVAC dust and system components should be free of moisture. Drain and condensate pans should be draining properly. When plugged, they can become a mold nursery. Drain hoses can get clogged and filled with mold. While everyone remembers to change their filters, humidifier pads can get moldy and should be changed as well.

    First, we treated the affected areas with our EPA registered solution called Mold Abatement Polymer Solutions 1, also called MAPS 1. This product attacks mold on a cellular level and kills it instantly. Next, we scrubbed away the mold and applied MAPS 2, which is our patented sealant that encapsulates the surface mold is growing on and renders mold non-allergenic and harmless. MAPS 2 is also moisture-sensitive and reactivates whenever it gets wet to prevent the return of mold.

  • Mold Hiding Behind Furniture in Manchester Twp., NJ
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    Mold Hiding Behind Furniture in Manchester Twp., NJ
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    Mold Hiding Behind Furniture in Manchester Twp., NJ

    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, it's a leaky pipe while other times, its moisture build-up in crawl spaces, attics, and basements because of chronically high indoor humidity levels. With this homeowner in Manchester Township, 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.

    First, we treated the affected areas with our EPA registered anti-microbial called MAPS 1, which attacks mold on a cellular level and kills it instantly. We then scrubbed away the mold and applied MAPS 2, which is our patented sealant that encapsulates the surface mold is growing on and renders the mold non-allergenic and harmless. MAPS 2 is also moisture-sensitive and reactivates whenever it gets wet to prevent the return of mold.

    Finally, as a precaution, we treated the ductwork. 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.

  • New Homeowner Discover Mold in Their Basement in Princeton Junction, NJ
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    New Homeowner Discover Mold in Their Basement in Princeton Junction, NJ
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    New Homeowner Discover Mold in Their Basement in Princeton Junction, NJ

    After these new homeowners moved into their new home in Princeton Junction, NJ, they discovered something in their basement that made their stomachs turn  mold. They called Mold Solutions by Cowleys and after we did a full inspection of the basement, we discovered that the basement area had incredibly high levels of humidity, which is what caused the mold growth.

    We treated the entire basement with our EPA-registered anti-microbial solution called Mold Abatement Polymer Solutions, otherwise known as MAPS 1. This product attacks mold on a cellular level and kills it instantly. Afterward, we applied our patented sealant called MAPS 2. This product encapsulates the surface mold is growing on and renders the mold non-allergenic and harmless. MAPS 2 is also moisture-sensitive and reactivates whenever it gets wet to prevent the return of mold.

    Lastly, to control the humidity levels in the basement, we installed a commercial-grade Sani-dry Sedona dehumidifier. This will keep the humidity levels in the basement at an appropriate, safe, and comfortable level. 

  • Mold Found During Cleaning basement in Millstone Township, NJ
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    Mold Found During Cleaning basement in Millstone Township, NJ
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    Mold Found During Cleaning basement in Millstone Township, NJ

    Homeowners in Millstone Township, NJ, were recently doing some deep cleaning of their basement, and when they removed a drawer out of a dresser, they discovered mold growth. They immediately stopped cleaning and contacted Mold Solutions to have the mold treated. The cause of the basement mold growth was chronically high relative humidity levels, which is quite common in basements and crawl spaces. For mold to form, flooding, a burst pipe, groundwater infiltration, or other major water intrusion event is not necessary. Mold can just as easily start to form if there is a high level of moisture in the air. 

    Fortunately, all of the building materials were sound with no loss of structural integrity, so we were able to treat the mold directly right were it sits with our removing any building materials. The homeowners were quite relieved that the mold treatment would not involve an extensive tear-out and renovation. We treated the entire basement with our EPA registered antimicrobial called MAPS 1, which attacks mold on a cellular level and kills it instantly. We then scrubbed away the mold and applied MAPS 2, which is our patented sealant that encapsulates the surface mold is growing on and renders the mold non-allergenic and harmless. MAPS 2 is also moisture-sensitive and reactivates whenever it gets wet to prevent the return of mold.

    For long-term prevention of returning mold, the homeowners had us install a commercial-grade whole-house SaniDry Sedona dehumidifier, which is considered one of the best high-performance dehumidifiers and filtration systems on the market. They are specifically designed to work in the challenging environment of basements and crawl spaces and operate 24/7, turning on and off automatically using a built-in hygrometer. There is no water pan to empty and is set up to drain into a sump pump or other drainage system. These dehumidifiers will keep down indoor humidity and moisture to levels where mold will not form. By producing clean, dry air, these dehumidifiers do a great job eliminating musty odors and that muggy feeling caused by high humidity. The indoor air quality is dramatically improved. These machines have proven especially beneficial for those with allergies or asthma. 

     

  • Mold Removal and Repair After Basement Flooding in Jackson, NY
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    Mold Removal and Repair After Basement Flooding in Jackson, NY
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    Mold Removal and Repair After Basement Flooding in Jackson, NY

    A homeowner’s hot water heater had cracked open in Jackson, NJ, flooding her basement. Within days, there was extensive mold growth on walls, ceiling, door, and even on some furnishings. If there is excess moisture or water, mold will grow on virtually anything. Mold lives off plant materials, and most of our building materials are wood products. Mold is especially attracted to drywall and acoustical tiling. Also, mold spores easily travel on air currents throughout the home, and the mold growing in the basement would inevitably spread throughout the home as the spores reattach elsewhere.

    We arrived at the house, conducted an inspection to determine the scope of the problem and how to best treat the affected areas to contain the mold growth. We treated the surfaces with an anti-microbial that kills surface mold and airborne mold spores. We then removed all of the structurally damaged building materials. Often, we find mold growth on building materials that are not damaged. In those cases, we can resolve the mold problem without extensive removal of materials. We then applied our sealant that coats and kills the mold that prevents the spread of spores. In addition, this sealant is moisture sensitive and reactivates to kill any future mold growth. So, when we finish a mold project, we’ve not only removed the mold but we’ve also prevented mold from returning to those areas. For long-term mold control, I always stress to homeowners the importance of controlling indoor humidity levels by investing in a commercial-grade dehumidifier. Mold growth is not limited to water problems like flooding and leaky pipes. A mold problem can also result if there is excess moisture from high humidity levels.

     

  • Basement Flood Causes Mold in Jackson, NJ
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    Basement Flood Causes Mold in Jackson, NJ
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    Basement Flood Causes Mold in Jackson, NJ

    A homeowner’s hot water heater had cracked open in Jackson, NJ, flooding her basement causing extensive mold growth. We treated the affected areas with our EPA registered solution called Mold Abatement Polymer Solutions 1, also called MAPS 1. This product attacks mold on a cellular level and kills it instantly.

    We then scrubbed away the mold and applied MAPS 2, which is our patented sealant that encapsulates the surface mold is growing on and renders mold non-allergenic and harmless. MAPS 2 is also moisture-sensitive and reactivates whenever it gets wet to prevent the return of mold.

  • Bathroom Fan Causes Attic Mold in Kendall Park, NJ
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    Bathroom Fan Causes Attic Mold in Kendall Park, NJ
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    Bathroom Fan Causes Attic Mold in Kendall Park, NJ

    Mold growth in a home is a symptom of an underlying water or moisture problem. Mold can rear its head anywhere and everywhere. Like all living organisms, mold needs air, organic material as a food source, the right temperature, and water or moisture in order to grow. We often think of water and moisture problems as external problems where water intrudes into the home from the outside, such as from flooding or a cracked foundation allowing water seepage from water-saturated soil. But oftentimes, the problems are internal. There are building or repair issues responsible for water accumulation. Common problems are burst or leaky pipes, non-operational sump pumps, backed-up gutters, and a variety of condensation problems from poor building design. Condensation easily forms on cold metal pipes and cold concrete floors as well as from our everyday activities that release moisture including cooking, washing clothes, and bathing. It is no surprise that often mold grows and thrives in crawl spaces, basements, attics, kitchens, washer/dryer areas, and bathrooms. 

     

    One of the most important ways of reducing condensation in our living spaces is through proper ventilation. A well-ventilated home is essential for removing moisture, especially in our bathrooms and kitchens where large quantities of steam permeate the air from hot water. Homes often have vent fans installed in bathrooms to carry away moist air. Proper building construction dictates that vent fans, whether bathroom vents or dryer vents, be vented directly outdoors. Venting exhaust fans into the attic is asking for trouble, even if the attic itself is vented. The excess moisture can cause condensation on the rafters and sheathing, which can lead to wood rot, moisture-saturated insulation, and dangerous mold growth. This homeowner in Kendall Park learned this lesson the hard way. The installer had vented the bathroom fan into the attic rather than outside, and, sure enough, he found himself with a serious mold problem overhead. 

     

    For the long-term, the homeowner should fix the venting problem to remove the underlying condition allowing mold growth. However, Mold Solutions by Cowleys resolved the immediate problem. In less than a day, we applied a powerful anti-microbial to kill the mold, and then applied a patented, proprietary sealant containing silver micro-particles. Cowleys is an authorized applicator of this unique sealant; you can’t get it just anywhere. This sealant kills the mold at the cellular level rendering it inert and harmless so it no longer poses a health risk. However, this sealant does much more. It reactivates with moisture to prevent any regrowth of mold, so it not only kills today’s mold growth but tomorrow’s as well. 

     

    With this project, there was no removal of building materials, no need for home renovation, and no need for the family to relocate. While the homeowner was disappointed that the vent had to be properly reinstalled, he was pleased with Cowleys for taking care of the mold problem so quickly. This project was one of our many successful mold treatment projects — we removed the threat of mold while saving the homeowner the expense and inconvenience of a major renovation that often follows the tear-out of building materials by traditional mold remediators. 

  • Permanent Mold Removal in Toms River, NJ
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    Permanent Mold Removal in Toms River, NJ
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    Permanent Mold Removal in Toms River, NJ

    A Mold Solutions by Cowleys team was dispatched to an office building in Toms River, NJ 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, the 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 called MAPS 1 that kills surface mold and airborne mold spores. Next, we applied our patented sealant called MAPS 2. This unique sealant encapsulates the surface mold is growing on and renders the mold non-allergenic and harmless. MAPS 2 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. 

  • Full Clean up of Moldy Crawl Space in Englishtown, NJ
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    Full Clean up of Moldy Crawl Space in Englishtown, NJ
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    Full Clean up of Moldy Crawl Space in Englishtown, NJ

    Mold was discovered on the beams in a very wet crawl space in Englishtown, NJ. We had to do an extensive clean out and clean up of the crawl space and then installed a commercial-grade dehumidifier to protect against high humidity. 

    We treated these two areas of the building using our two-component MAPS (Mold Abatement Polymer Solutions) system. We first applied our EPA-registered anti-microbial solution called MAPS 1 and, afterward, thoroughly wiped down the areas to remove any visible mold growth.

    Next, we applied MAPS 2, which is a patented sealant that encapsulates the surface mold is growing on and renders it useless and non-allergenic. To control the humidity levels, we installed a SaniDry XP dehumidifier. The SaniDry XP is a powerful energy-efficient dehumidifier that outperforms standard household dehumidifiers by as much as 10 times while using the same amount of energy to run. The SaniDry XP can effectively cover indoor living spaces over 3000 square feet, making it well-suited for basements and crawl spaces over 40” high

  • Mold in Crawl Space Require Major Clean-out and Treatment in Freehold, NJ
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    Mold in Crawl Space Require Major Clean-out and Treatment in Freehold, NJ
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    Mold in Crawl Space Require Major Clean-out and Treatment in Freehold, NJ

    This home in Freehold, NJ had severe mold growth through the insulation in the crawl space. The reason for the mold growth was high humidity levels in the crawl space. We completely tore down and cleaned out the old, moist, and soiled insulation and vapor barrier We bagged the insulation, removed it, and then properly disposed of it. 

    We treated the affected areas with our EPA registered anti-microbial called MAPS 1. MAPS stands for Mold Abatement Polymer Solutions and it attacks mold on a cellular level and kills it instantly. Next, we applied MAPS 2, which is our patented sealant that encapsulates the surface mold is growing on and renders the mold non-allergenic and harmless. MAPS 2 is also moisture-sensitive and reactivates whenever it gets wet to prevent the return of mold.

    Lastly, we installed a commercial grade Sani-dry Sedona dehumidifiers. These dehumidifiers are specifically designed and manufactured for the challenging environments of basements and crawl spaces. Generic residential dehumidifiers simply aren’t up to the job. For example, the SaniDry XP is a powerful energy-efficient dehumidifier that outperforms standard household dehumidifiers by as much as 10 times while using the same amount of energy to run. The SaniDry XP can effectively cover indoor living spaces over 3000 square feet, making it well-suited for basements and crawl spaces over 40” high. 

  • Leaky Roof Means Mold in Freehold, NJ
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    Leaky Roof Means Mold in Freehold, NJ
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    Leaky Roof Means Mold in Freehold, NJ

    Recently, we were contacted by a homeowner in Freehold, NJ who was having mold issues in their attic. As we equipped our personal protective equipment and inspected the attic we came across a support beam that showed evident signs of mold growth. As we inspected the roof valley we noticed there was a leak. Further inspection of the attic revealed that this section was the only area that had mold growth. Roof leaks cause two types of mold growth; systemic or limited growth. Systemic growth occurs when the roof leak causes enough moisture buildup in the attic to cause mold growth throughout the entire area. The roof leak only affects a small area, but the dampness in the air causes condensation throughout. Limited growth occurs when an attic has sufficient ventilation to exhaust the additional moisture caused by the roof leak, which was the case here. Remember, all mold problems arise from a moisture problem. You cannot have a mold problem without a moisture problem.

    First, we applied an EPA registered antimicrobial solution called Mold Abatement Polymer Solutions 1 (or MAPS 1 for short). MAPS 1 targets mold at its cellular level and kills it instantly. Then we apply an additional solution called MAPS 2. MAPS 2 encapsulates the existing dead mold and prevents any future mold from growing. Even though we permanently removed the mold, we advised the homeowner to schedule an appointment with a contractor to repair the leak in his roof. We’re were happy to hear that the homeowner scheduled an appointment while we were removing the mold in his attic. 

  • Improperly Ventilated Bathroom Leads to Mold in Freehold, NJ
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    Improperly Ventilated Bathroom Leads to Mold in Freehold, NJ
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    Improperly Ventilated Bathroom Leads to Mold in Freehold, NJ

    Recently, we went on a service call for a homeowner in Freehold, NJ who contacted Cowleys to resolve a mold issue that had developed in his bathroom. The most common cause of mold growth is humidity. Humidity problems occur when warm, moisture-laden air interacts with a cool ceiling, causing condensation and subsequent mold growth.

    After suiting up with our personal protective equipment (mold is a serious bio-hazard in enclosed spaces), we began our inspection of the bathroom. Almost immediately, we discovered an area of the ceiling that had evident mold growth. Whenever mold is discovered, to resolve the problem long-term, it is essential to identify the underlying cause of the mold growth and have those issues remedied so that mold doesn’t return. Here, after a thorough inspection, we determined that the mold growth was due to poor ventilation. Mold growth on a bathroom ceiling is almost always caused by inadequate ventilation. 

    Mold is a living, breathing fungus that multiplies and will continue to spread as long as the conditions in the home remain conducive to mold growth. In cases where there is structural damage from the moisture, materials would need to be removed. However, in this case, there was no structural damage so, with our treatment process, we are able to kill mold in its place. 

    With our mold treatment process, we first applied MAPS 1, an EPA-registered anti-microbial application. MAPS 1 (Mold Abatement Polymer Solution 1) is specifically designed to kill active mold growth. Next, we applied MAPS 2, a patented polymer sealant that encapsulates the existing dead mold and helps prevent future mold from growing if conducive conditions return. Once MAPS 1 & 2 have been applied, the mold is killed and is no longer a threat. Also, MAPS 2 will reactivate with moisture to fight future mold growth.

    Although we treated the mold in the bathroom, there was still the issue of the underlying condition that triggered the growth in the first place: poor ventilation. The homeowner decided to deal with this issue and hired a contractor to install vents in his bathroom. Another mold remediation treatment performed by Cowleys!

  • High Humidity in Basement Will Always Create Mold in Freehold, NJ
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    High Humidity in Basement Will Always Create Mold in Freehold, NJ
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    High Humidity in Basement Will Always Create Mold in Freehold, NJ

    A homeowner in Freehold, NJ called our office concerned that he might have mold in his basement. We arrived, equipped our personal protective equipment (mold is a biohazard in enclosed spaces), and began our inspection. Within minutes, we found mold growth along the joists throughout the basement. Since the homeowner never had a leak in his home, he was confused as to why the mold had developed.

    After measuring the basement with our hygrometer, we determined that the reason for the mold growth was due to high humidity levels in the basement. Mold can grow in any place with sufficient sources of moisture, organic feeding material, and oxygen. A high level of humidity creates the perfect conditions for both mold and mildew to spread in your basement. The main problem causing humidity in the basement is improper airflow.

    First, we applied MAPS 1, which is an antimicrobial solution that targets mold at its cellular level and kills it instantly. After applying MAPS 1, we scrubbed away the mold and then applied our patented sealant called MAPS 2. MAPS 2 encapsulates the mold, rendering it non-allergenic & harmless, and is moisture sensitive and will reactivate when it gets wet to prevent future mold growth. In order to address the high humidity levels in the basement, we installed a Sedona Sandi-Dry XP dehumidifier. A Sedona Sandi-Dry XP is a powerful, energy-efficient dehumidifier that outperforms standard household dehumidifiers by as much as 10 times while using the same amount of energy to run. Now the homeowner can rest assured knowing that his home is mold-free and the chronic humidity in his basement has been resolved. 

  • Water Leaks and Mold in Freehold, NJ
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    Water Leaks and Mold in Freehold, NJ
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    Water Leaks and Mold in Freehold, NJ

    A homeowner in Freehold, NJ called our office after noticing mold growth by his baseboard heat in his basement. Apparently, while the homeowner was at work, a water pipe burst and started leaking all over. Luckily the homeowner's daughter came by and stopped the leak before any additional damage occurred. The homeowner rushed home and fixed the broken pipe, but unfortunately, mold had developed.

    We equipped our personal protective equipment and began inspecting the basement. During our inspection, we realized that the drywall had mold growth all over it and it was still soaking wet. In order to properly treat the mold growth, we had to remove the drywall. We informed the homeowner and he agreed that the wall needed to be removed.

    After removing the drywall, we applied an EPA registered antimicrobial solution called Mold Abatement Polymer Solutions, or MAPS 1 for short. MAPS 1 targets mold at its DNA level and kills it instantly. Afterward, we applied MAPS 2, a patented polymer sealant that encapsulates the existing dead mold and prevents future mold from growing. Once MAPS 1 & 2 have been applied, mold is no longer a threat. 

  • Mold All Over Staircase Walls in Lakewood, NJ
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    Mold All Over Staircase Walls in Lakewood, NJ
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    Mold All Over Staircase Walls in Lakewood, NJ

    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. 

    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 called MAPS 1 that attacks the mold at its DNA and kills it immediately. 

    We then followed up with our patented, moisture-sensitive sealant called MAPS 2. This product encapsulates the surface mold is growing on and renders the mold non-allergenic and harmless and prevents any future mold growth in the treated areas. 

    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. 

  • Moisture Leak Leads to Mold in Lakewood, NJ Apartment
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    Moisture Leak Leads to Mold in Lakewood, NJ Apartment
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    Moisture Leak Leads to Mold in Lakewood, NJ Apartment

    The utility room of a unit in a Lakewood, NJ apartment building was located outside and 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 and 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. To make matters worse, these utility rooms were not air-conditioned and 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.

    The landlord contacted our office and we were sent out to inspect and treat. First,  treated the affected areas with our EPA registered anti-microbial called MAPS 1, which attacks mold on a cellular level and kills it instantly. We then scrubbed away the mold and applied MAPS 2, which is our patented sealant that encapsulates the surface mold is growing on and renders the mold non-allergenic and harmless. MAPS 2 is also moisture-sensitive and reactivates whenever it gets wet to prevent the return of mold.

    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. Once MAPS 1 & 2 have been applied, the mold is no longer a threat.

     

     

     

  • Moisture in Basement Causes Mold in Lakewood, NJ
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    Moisture in Basement Causes Mold in Lakewood, NJ
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    Moisture in Basement Causes Mold in Lakewood, NJ

    Recently, we were sent to a home in Lakewood, NJ to resolve a basement mold problem resulting from chronically high indoor humidity levels. Mold can form simply from high levels of moisture in the air not just from a water issue. When furnishings are sitting on damp floors or placed flush against damp walls, mold will often start to form. Keeping air circulating is important to minimize mold growth, and it important to have good room ventilation.

    Here, during our inspection of the basement, we found mold growing on a leather couch. Mold can grow anywhere, not just on walls, floors, and ceilings! As seen in the pictures, this mold had a white, powdery appearance, almost like chalk. Different strains of mold have different colors and textures, but no matter its presentation, all mold is potentially harmful. We first noticed significant mold growth on the couch along the base underneath the seating, and after tipping up the couch to inspect its underside, the couch was found to have extensive mold growth. Mold can form on any organic material, including leather.  

    We treated the entire basement with our EPA registered anti-microbial called MAPS 1, which attacks mold on a cellular level and kills it instantly. We then scrubbed away the mold and applied MAPS 2, which is our patented sealant that encapsulates the surface mold is growing on and renders the mold non-allergenic and harmless. MAPS 2 is also moisture-sensitive and reactivates whenever it gets wet to prevent the return of mold.

  • Moldy Remediation in Toms River, NJ
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    Moldy Remediation in Toms River, NJ
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    Moldy Remediation in Toms River, NJ

    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.

  • Groundwater Seeps Into Basement and Causes Mold in Toms River, NJ
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    Groundwater Seeps Into Basement and Causes Mold in Toms River, NJ
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    Groundwater Seeps Into Basement and Causes Mold in Toms River, NJ

    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. We treated the affected areas with our EPA registered anti-microbial called MAPS 1, which attacks mold on a cellular level and kills it instantly.

    We then scrubbed away the mold and applied MAPS 2, which is our patented sealant that encapsulates the surface mold is growing on and renders the mold non-allergenic and harmless. MAPS 2 is also moisture-sensitive and reactivates whenever it gets wet to prevent the return of mold.

    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.

  • Attic Mold Removal in East Brunswick, NJ
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    Attic Mold Removal in East Brunswick, NJ
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    Attic Mold Removal in East Brunswick, NJ

    We first treated the affected areas by applying our EPA registered solution called Mold Abatement Polymer Solutions 1, otherwise known as MAPS 1. This product attacks mold on a cellular level and kills it instantly.

    We then applied MAPS 2, which is our patented sealant that encapsulates the surface mold is growing on and renders mold non-allergenic and harmless. MAPS 2 is also moisture-sensitive and reactivates whenever it gets wet to prevent the return of mold.

     

     

  • Leak in Basement Causes Mold Growth in East Brunswick, NJ
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    Leak in Basement Causes Mold Growth in East Brunswick, NJ
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    Leak in Basement Causes Mold Growth in East Brunswick, NJ

    Recently, a Cowleys Mold Solutions crew was sent to a home in East Brunswick, NJ, to remove mold that had formed in the basement. The 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. 

    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 MAPS 1, which an EPA-registered antimicrobial that attacks mold at its DNA and kills it immediately. We then scrubbed away the mold and applied MAPS 2, which is our patented sealant that encapsulates the surface mold is growing on and renders the mold non-allergenic and harmless. MAPS 2 is also moisture-sensitive and reactivates whenever it gets wet to prevent the return of mold.

    Unfortunately, mold staining had occurred because the mold had been present in the area for quite some time. These stains are purely aesthetic and pose no health risk because once MAPS 1 & 2 have been applied, the mold is no longer a threat.

  • Excess Moisture Causes Mold in Basement of Restaurant in New Brunswick, NJ
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    Excess Moisture Causes Mold in Basement of Restaurant in New Brunswick, NJ
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    Excess Moisture Causes Mold in Basement of Restaurant in New Brunswick, NJ

    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, NJ. 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 called MAPS 1, which attacks mold at its DNA and kills it instantly. We then wiped away all the mold and applied MAPS 2, which is a patented sealant that encapsulates the surface mold is growing on and renders it useless and non-allergenic. 

    Mold formation in this New Brunswick, NJ 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. 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. 

  • White Mold All Over Crawl Space Beams in Howell, NJ
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    White Mold All Over Crawl Space Beams in Howell, NJ
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    White Mold All Over Crawl Space Beams in Howell, NJ

    During the pending sale of a home in Howell, NJ, the inspector discovered extensive mold growth in the crawl space. Mold, a type of fungus, is always caused by some water or moisture problem inside a structure. Sustained high indoor humidity levels are enough to trigger mold growth. Basements and crawl spaces are often prime breeding grounds for mold. Many crawl spaces are still vented, allowing thick, humid outside air to enter, not to mention insects and other pests. 

    First, we applied MAPS 1, which is an antimicrobial solution that targets mold at its cellular level and kills it instantly. After applying MAPS 1, we scrubbed away the mold and then applied our patented sealant called MAPS 2. MAPS 2 encapsulates the mold, rendering it non-allergenic & harmless, and is moisture sensitive and will reactivate when it gets wet to prevent future mold growth. In order to address the high humidity levels in the basement, we installed a Sedona Sandi-Dry XP dehumidifier. A Sedona Sandi-Dry XP is a powerful, energy-efficient dehumidifier that outperforms standard household dehumidifiers by as much as 10 times while using the same amount of energy to run. Now the seller can continue with the sale of his home!

  • Mold on Basement Joists Removed in Marlboro, NJ
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    Mold on Basement Joists Removed in Marlboro, NJ
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    Mold on Basement Joists Removed in Marlboro, NJ

    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 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 treated the entire basement using an EPA-registered antimicrobial called Mold Abatement Polymer Solutions 1, or MAPS 1 for short. MAPS 1 targets mold on a cellular level and kills it instantly. We then scrubbed away the mold and applied MAPS 2, which is our patented sealant that encapsulates the surface mold is growing on and renders the mold non-allergenic and harmless. MAPS 2 is also moisture-sensitive and reactivates whenever it gets wet to prevent any future mold growth. 

  • Basement Mold Removal in Marlboro, NJ
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    Basement Mold Removal in Marlboro, NJ
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    Basement Mold Removal in Marlboro, NJ

    The Mold Solutions Team at Cowleys went out on a service call for a homeowner in Marlboro, NJ who was having an issue with mold growing in his basement. We equipped our personal protective equipment and began our inspection. As we inspected we discovered that the basement had water intrusion through the foundation wall behind a sheetrock wall, which was causing mold. We informed the homeowner that he would need to take care of the water issue prior to our mold treatment. The homeowner had a basement waterproofing company come in and take care of the water intrusion issue. Now it is our turn.  

    Even though the drywall was removed by the waterproofing company we needed to treat the existing wood framing and the rest of the basement walls to kill any mold spores. We first treated with Maps 1, which an EPA-registered anti-microbial solution that is specifically designed to kill active mold growth. We then scrubbed away the surface mold and applied MAPS 2, a patented polymer sealant that encapsulates the existing dead mold and prevents future mold from growing. Now the risk of dangerous mold growth, both now and in the future, has been removed. 

  • Mold Remediation for Attic in Wall Township, New Jersey
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    Mold Remediation for Attic in Wall Township, New Jersey
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    Mold Remediation for Attic in Wall Township, New Jersey

    We were called out to a home in Wall Township, NJ where the owners had spotted mold in the attic near a bathroom exhaust tube during a home inspection. The homeowner immediately contacted Cowleys Mold Solutions to solve the problem. We began by first applying our antimicrobial solution (MM1) to kill any surface mold as well as any airborne. Due to the heavy stains, which can remain even after the mold is killed, (mold is a live organism we followed up the mold treatment with a commercial grade stain remover. After the solution dries, we then apply our patented polymer sealer(MM2). Our system prevents the return of mold growth on all treated surfaces.

  • A/C Malfunctions and Causes Mold in Medical Office in Howell, NJ
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    A/C Malfunctions and Causes Mold in Medical Office in Howell, NJ
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    A/C Malfunctions and Causes Mold in Medical Office in Howell, NJ

    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 — vent and ductwork mold growth. The owner called our office and we were sent out to inspect and treat the problem

    Since this was a doctor’s office, this mold had to be treated quickly and correctly. First, we applied our EPA-registered anti-microbial called MAPS 1. This product attacks mold at its DNA and kills it instantly. After applying MAPS 1, we then scrubbed away all the mold and applied MAPS 2. MAPS 2 is a patented sealant that encapsulates the surface mold is growing on and renders it useless and non-allergenic. MAPS 2 is also moisture-sensitive and reactivates whenever it gets wet to prevent the return of mold.

    There was some staining from the mold on one of the vents, however, it is purely aesthetic. Once MAPS 1 & 2 have been applied, the mold is no longer a threat. The customer was pleased that we were able to resolve this mold issue so expeditiously. He was concerned that the area 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.

  • Moldy Crawl Space is Now Super Clean and Dry in Brick, NJ
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    Moldy Crawl Space is Now Super Clean and Dry in Brick, NJ
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    Moldy Crawl Space is Now Super Clean and Dry in Brick, NJ

    This mold treatment job in Brick, NJ had us pulling down all the insulation as well as the old vapor barrier. We bagged it and then properly disposed of it. We first treated the areas of mold growth with our EPA-registered anti-microbial called MAPS 1. MAPS 1 attacks mold at its DNA and kills it immediately.

    We then applied MAPS 2, which is our patented sealant that encapsulates the surface mold is growing on and renders the mold non-allergenic, inert, and harmless. Next, we applied our patented sealant called MAPS 2. Lastly, to control the humidity levels in the basement, we installed a Sedona dehumidifier. This will keep the humidity levels in the basement at an appropriate, safe, and comfortable level.

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