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.
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.
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.
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