Nelson, a much welcomed 2017 addition to the Mold Solutiions by Cowleys team, joined our established construction/home improvement crew. He works on a wide variety of projects including repairing the aftermath of destructive wildlife intrusions, crawl space repair, weatherization of homes through TAP insulation, mold treatment, and other home improvement services. Nelson is systematic, analytical, and thorough in his work and thrives on finding solutions to the most complex repair problems. When, at first blush, a home appears to be in shambles and the damage irreparable, Nelson views the situation as an opportunity and a challenge.
Nelson joined Cowleys with a strong background in the construction trades, bringing extensive experience in home repair and improvement to Cowleys. He comes to us with a decade of experience in fire, water, and mold remediation and an unmatched expertise in the clean-up and restoration process that follows potentially catastrophic events. Homeowners facing severe mold issues will benefit by his keen understanding of the processes necessary to make homes and other structures safe and inhabitable once again. Nelson’s expertise has made our already experienced mold treatment team even stronger. Besides his experience in fire, water, and mold restoration, Nelson is a carpenter and framer by trade, so he can handle virtually any home improvement or repair project thrown his way. He also worked for a number of years in installing all types of insulation.
In his spare time, Nelson enjoys working out to keep him fit and injury-free for the physical demands of his job. As a Long Branch resident, he is a stone’s throw away from the beach and takes full advantage of all of the outdoor opportunities available for those of us lucky enough to live at the Jersey Shore. Nelson also enjoys unwinding and relaxing with his good, positive friends, sometimes going out to the movies or some event, and oftentimes just hanging out and enjoying good conservation over a quiet dinner.
Mold growth is the result of water or moisture-buildup. There are numerous ways that excess water or moisture can occur inside a home. Often, its a leaky pipe. Other times, its moisture build-up in crawl spaces, attics, and basements because of chronically high indoor humidity levels. With this homeowner in ManchesterTownship, NJ, the cause of the mold formation was, believe it or not, furniture placement!
The homeowners placed furniture directly against their HVAC registers — those vent grilles in your home that cover the hole where the duct enters the room to blow out heated or cooled air. As this homeowner found out the hard way, never block these registers! Doing so not only impedes the efficiency of your HVAC system, but it can also trigger dangerous mold growth by trapping the moisture in the air that’s blowing out of the ducts.
We moved the furniture away from the walls to treat the mold. We treated all of the mold-affected areas with with two products, an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) followed by a patented sealant (MAPS 2). This sealant, available only to licensed distributors, completely destroys the mold. This sealant also reactivates based on moisture conditions. If any new mold attempts to take root and regrow in the treated areas, this sealant reactivates to kill that mold growth. No other mold treatment products on the market have this unique ability to kill potential future mold growth. The Mold Solutions crew was able to treat this mold problem in less than a day. Finally was the mold was killed, we wiped down any visible mold stains. Depending on the depth of the stain, we can usually get rid of it.
Finally, as a precaution we treated the ductwork. HVAC ducts can accumulate a layer of organic film from all of the dust particles and other contaminants in the air. This residue is more than enough organic “food” to trigger mold growth. Homeowners are surprised to learn that mold can grow in ducts since they are made of galvanized steel or aluminum, which is as far from organic as you can get! Mold will grow on many materials in your home besides just wood, drywall, and acoustical ceiling tiles.
Since there was no underlying damage to any building materials and everything was structurally sound, there was no need for a building tear-out. With our mold treatment process, we simply kill the mold right where it sits, and we are often able to do so in less than a day.
A 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.
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