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Antonio Martinez

Mold Solutions by Cowleys

Title: Mold Treatment Technician

Hometown: Freehold

Antonio Martinez from Mold Solutions by Cowleys

Antonio, a Freehold resident, is part of our construction/home improvement crew, which includes crawl space encapsulation, attic insulation, mold removal, wildlife clean-up and repair, and variety of other home improvement services. Although Antonio joined us full-time in 2019, he is a “known quantity” at Cowleys. He’s been working with us seasonally in our Christmas Décor division over the past three years, and has proven himself to be a reliable and conscientious team player. 

We’re so pleased that Antonio is joining us year-round (although it did take us giving him quite a few not-so-subtle hints!). You could not ask for a harder worker. He is always ready to get “down and dirty” to make sure the job is done right. Antonio stays in great shape, has no fear of heights, and is also comfortable working in tight challenging areas like dark, damp, spider-infested crawl spaces. To him, anything new is another challenge to conquer. 

Antonio loves working outdoors, no matter whether it’s freezing cold, wickedly hot, or raining, snowing, or sleeting. During the rest of the year, Antonio had worked at a local golf course as a jack-of-all-trades. He’s an experienced handyman having installed and removed insulation, and has done sheetrock and roofing work. All of these skills will necessary when dealing with the aftermath of wildlife infestations. Antonio is looking forward to working with Cowleys year-round and acquiring new skills. As a fast learner with a strong mechanical aptitude, along with an amazing can-do attitude, Antonio is a welcomed addition to the Cowleys team.

In his spare time, Antonio enjoys spending time with his family, especially taking his son to a nearby park playground. If anyone needs an expert playground swing pusher, Antonio is the one to call! For his own quiet time and to “decompress” at the end of the day, he enjoys listening to music, which he describes as his passion.

 

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    Joe S. of Toms River, NJ

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              did a great job!
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              Were both excellent.
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              Cowleys for a number of services and we are always very pleased.
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    Spring Lake, NJ

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  • Mold Found On Paneling Throughout Basement in Brick, NJ
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    Mold Found On Paneling Throughout Basement in Brick, NJ
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    Mold Found On Paneling Throughout Basement in Brick, NJ

    A Brick, NJ, homeowners were cleaning out their basement and removing some unwanted furniture. When moving a piece of furniture away from the wall, they found some mold growth on the paneling. The homeowners immediately realized they had a problem and contacted us to have the mold treated. 

    Mold will attach to any surface containing organic material, including most building materials made with wood or natural fibers. Mold often forms in basements and crawl spaces because of high humidity levels and since these areas of the home are either nonliving spaces or not utilized that often, mold can go undetected for quite some time. Unfortunately, mold spores from down below will travel on air currents throughout the home and is often responsible for unexplained “allergies” of the home’s occupants.  

    We treated the mold-contaminated paneling with an EPA-registered antimicrobial called MAPS 1, which 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  SaniDry Sedona dehumidifier. These dehumidifiers 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 or overflow. Instead, these worry-free machines are installed to drain into a sump pump or other drainage system. These dehumidifiers keep down indoor humidity and moisture to levels where mold will not form.

     

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

     

  • 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.

  • Mold Remediation in Basement in North Plainfield, NJ
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    Mold Remediation in Basement in North Plainfield, NJ
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    Mold Remediation in Basement in North Plainfield, NJ

    The Mold Solutions team was dispatched to a residence in North Plainfield, NJ to treat a serious mold problem that had developed in the basement because of a burst hot water pipe. As often happens with flooding or another extensive water intrusion like a burst water pipe, mold will start to form. Upon inspection, this North Plainfield basement had patches of mold throughout, especially on and around the water pipes and water heater. 

    Mold, a type of fungus, is a living, breathing organism that requires air, some organic material to consume (pretty much any processed wood in a home), and a water or moisture source. Mold is not a random occurrence. There is always some underlying cause — some water or moisture problems inside a structure. Indoor mold not only ruins insulation and causes other property damage, but it is also a serious health problem. Mold can trigger a host of respiratory problems for the building’s occupants, especially with the very young and the elderly. Some of us have higher mold sensitivities than others, and since mold does not affect people uniformly, any amount or strain of mold must be treated. Even if the mold growth is out of sight in a basement or crawl space, mold-contaminated air will still invade the living spaces, degrading the home’s air quality.  

    We first treated the entire basement by first applying our EPA-registered anti-microbial called MAPS 1. This product attacks mold at its DNA and kills it instantly. Next, we wiped away the mold and applied MAPS 2, which is our patented sealant that encapsulates the surface mold is growing on and renders mold harmless and non-allergenic. The sealant is also moisture-sensitive and reactivates to prevent the return of any new mold growth. The sealant is highly effective on both porous and non-porous surfaces, and on both organic and inorganic materials.

    We successfully resolved the basement mold problem in less than a day and there was no removal of building materials, no need for home renovation, and no need for the family to relocate. This project was one of Mold Solutions by Cowleys many successful mold treatment projects.  

     

     

  • Pipe Leak Causes Mold in South Plainfield, NJ
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    Pipe Leak Causes Mold in South Plainfield, NJ
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    Pipe Leak Causes Mold in South Plainfield, NJ

    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. So we arrived, inspected, and began treatment. We treated all the mold 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, there were unsightly mold stains that we were scrubbed away using our 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Roof Leak Causes Mold in Attic in Metuchen, NJ
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    Roof Leak Causes Mold in Attic in Metuchen, NJ
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    Roof Leak Causes Mold in Attic in Metuchen, NJ

    Just like in basements and crawl spaces, mold will grow in attics with consistently high relative humidity levels or, as I believe what happened in this home, a significant water intrusion from a roof leak. Although the roof leak had been repaired, the problem was that because of poor attic ventilation, mold had formed and colonized on the water-saturated wood. 

    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. 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.

  • Groundwater Causes Mold Through Crawl Space in Metuchen, NJ
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    Groundwater Causes Mold Through Crawl Space in Metuchen, NJ
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    Groundwater Causes Mold Through Crawl Space in Metuchen, NJ

    A homeowner in Metuchen, NJ, was in the process of selling his home and 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.  The homeowner contacted Mold Solutions by Cowleys and we were sent out. \

    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.

    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. 

    Our process was more than enough to give the prospective buyers complete assurance that the crawl space mold was no longer an issue and the sale of the home continued without any issues. 

     

     

     

  • Attic Mold Removed in Old Bridge, NJ
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    Attic Mold Removed in Old Bridge, NJ
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    Attic Mold Removed in Old Bridge, NJ

  • Attic Mold Remediated in Old Bridge, NJ
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    Attic Mold Remediated in Old Bridge, NJ
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    Attic Mold Remediated in Old Bridge, NJ

    This homeowner in Old Bridge, NJ recently discovered a leak in his attic. Although he had a roofer come and repair the leak, because it wasn't discovered for quite some time, mold had grown all over the attic. So he called Mold Solutions by Cowleys and we're here to remediate the mold!

    First, we applied our EPA registered antimicrobial called Mold Abatement Polymer Solutions, or MAPS 1 for short. This application attacks mold at its DNA and immediately kills it. After applying MAPS 1, we used our mold stain remover, which removes all the excess staining on the wood, and scrubbed away the mold growth. 

    Lastly, we applied our patented sealant, which encapsulates the surface mold is growing on and renders it inert, harmless, and non-allergenic. This product is called MAPS 2 and it is also moisture sensitive and will reactivate whenever it gets wet to prevent future mold growth.  

  • 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. 

  • Mold Nearly Derails Home sale in Perth Amboy, NJ
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    Mold Nearly Derails Home sale in Perth Amboy, NJ

    Homeowners in Perth Amboy were in the process of selling their house. During the home inspection, the inspector found mold on the roof sheathing. Cowleys was contacted to take care of the problem so the pending sale could proceed without delay. 

    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, some organic material as a food source, the right temperature, and water or moisture in order to grow.  Because mold results from some water intrusion problem or moisture from high indoor humidity, mold often grows and thrives in crawl spaces, basements, kitchens, washer/dryer areas, and bathrooms. However, as with this Perth Amboy home, mold can also rear its ugly head in the attic even though there are no pipes there to leak or burst. Water or moisture problems in the attic are usually due to undetected roof leaks or from exhaust fans improperly vented into the attic instead of outside, causing condensation on the rafters and sheathing. Unfortunately, this is a common construction shortcut that winds up causing problems down the road.

    As shown in the picture, this mold growth happened to be white. Mold need not be black mold to be a dangerous health hazard. There are various types of mold that can come in a variety of colors. But no matter how the mold appears, there is no such thing as a harmless mold and it has to be removed. Also, even though the mold is not in living spaces, it still must be treated. Mold spores easily travel on air currents throughout a structure, so this attic mold would inevitably spread throughout the home as the spores reattach elsewhere, causing further damage and potential health risks by affecting the indoor air quality. Mold can cause a variety of respiratory and other health problems when growing in an enclosed area.

    Cowleys experienced Mold Solutions team came out to resolve the mold problem. In less than a day, we applied a powerful anti-microbial (MM1) to kill the mold followed by MMR, a stain remover. Finally, we applied a patented, proprietary sealant (MM2) containing micro-particles of silver that kills the mold at the cellular level, and reactivates with moisture, to prevent any regrowth of mold. As shown in there “after” picture, we successfully resolved the problem — and did so within the day. The sheathing was as good as new without a trace that there had been a mold issue just the day before. There was no removal of building materials, no need for home renovation, and no need for the family to relocate. The sale could proceed with no delay in the closing date, and one more successful mold treatment project completed by Cowleys. 

    Both the buyers and sellers were pleased with the Mold Solutions By Cowleys team for taking care of the problem so quickly and with such outstanding results. This project was one of our many successful mold treatment projects — we killed and removed the future threat of mold by using a patented application. Our process saves building materials that have no loss of structural integrity, and, by doing so, we avoid the expense and inconvenience of major renovations. Traditional mold remediators don’t kill the mold. They simply remove it by tearing-out often perfectly good building materials. 

  • 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. 

  • Moldy Drywall Removal in Matawan, NJ
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    Moldy Drywall Removal in Matawan, NJ

    This homeowner in Matawan, NJ, was in the process of selling his home, and during the protective buyer’s home inspection, mold was discovered in the basement bathroom next to and on the HVAC ceiling register box. The likely cause was condensation that had formed on the ductwork. The homeowner was concerned that finding mold during the inspection would delay or even completely derail any possible sale. Fortunately, the Mold Solutions by Cowleys team was called in.

    When we inspected, there was no water-damaged materials and everything was structurally intact, so we could treat the mold right where it sits without the time and cost of a tear-out. To treat the mold, we applied an EPA-registered antimicrobial called MAPS 1 that kills mold on a cellular level. We then applied our moisture-sensitive, patented sealant called MAPS 2 that encapsulates the surface mold is growing on and renders the mold non-allergenic and harmless. MAPS 2 also prevents the return of mold as well as prevents future mold from growing.

    Due to the fact that the mold had been present for quite some time, staining had occurred. Mold stains are simply the residue left from mold and are not in and of itself allergenic or otherwise harmful, just purely aesthetic. Once MAPS 1 & 2 have been applied, the mold is no longer a threat.

    Once the mold was removed, the buyer felt comfortable to proceed, and the pending sale was not delayed. 

  • High Humidity Leads to Mold in Basement in Perth Amboy, NJ
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    High Humidity Leads to Mold in Basement in Perth Amboy, NJ
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    High Humidity Leads to Mold in Basement in Perth Amboy, NJ

    What’s the worst that can happen if your basement is not dehumidified? Well, 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%.

    We treated the affected areas with our EPA registered antimicrobial called MAPS 1, which 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 the mold non-allergenic and harmless. MAPS 2 is also moisture-sensitive and reactivates whenever it gets wet to prevent the return of mold.

    To control the humidity levels, we installed 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.  

  • Bathroom Mold Removal & Remediation in Cliffwood, NJ
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    Bathroom Mold Removal & Remediation in Cliffwood, NJ
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    Bathroom Mold Removal & Remediation in Cliffwood, NJ

    The Mold Solutions team was dispatched to a Cliffwood residence to resolve a severe mold problem. A lot of our work comes from referrals, and in this case, a Cliffwood Township home inspector who knew our work and our results told the homeowners about us. They were especially interested in our treatment process because they were hoping to treat the surface mold and staining without removing the drywall and dealing with an expensive renovation project. Unlike traditional mold remediators that remove the building materials containing mold growth, we focus on treating the mold directly. As long as the building materials are structurally sound (no severe water damage), our process avoids the time and expense of building tear-outs. 

    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 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.

     

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