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This homeowner in Delran Township in Burlington County went on vacation. Unfortunately, a water pipe had burst and about six inches of water had accumulated throughout the floor of his crawl space.
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 used our patented MoldExterm sealant to chemically treat the mold. With our process, mold removal was quick and easy. No building materials had to be removed.
The Mold Solutions team was dispatched to a residence in Trenton 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 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 get 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.
The Mold Solutions team went to work using our Mold Exterm system. First, we applied an anti-microbial that kills surface mold and airborne mold spores. After the anti-microbial application, we applied our patented, proprietary sealant that coats and kills the mold, and prevents the spores from further spreading. Any microorganism, including mold, viruses, and bacteria that comes into contact with this sealant immediately dies. This sealant has “moisture intelligence,” the ability to travel through any surface water and seek out the moisture in mold spores where it then reactivates to prevent any future mold growth. When we finish a mold project, we’ve not only removed the existing mold, but we’ve laid the groundwork to prevent mold from returning to those areas that we’ve treated.
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 out 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 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 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.
A homeowner’s hot water heater had cracked open in Jackson, NJ, flooding her basement causing extensive mold growth. We treated the affected areas to to kill surface mold and airborne mold spores and prevent its return.
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 kill’s 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.
A Mold Solutions by Cowleys team was dispatched to an office building in Toms River 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, 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 (MAPS 1) that kills surface mold and airborne mold spores. Next, we applied our patented polymer sealant (MAPS 2). This unique sealant is available only to select pest control operators licensed to apply chemical products inside buildings. While completely safe and non-toxic, this sealant completely destroys mold. Upon contact with the sealant, any mold is rendered inert, harmless, and non-allergenic. The sealant’s 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. There is no other mold application on the market with this mold-destroying capability.
Mold was discovered on the beams in a very wet crawl space in Englishtown. We had to do an extensive clean out and clean up of the crawl space and then installed a dehumidifier to protect against high humidity.
We treated these two areas of the building using or two-component MAPS (Mold Abatement Polymer Solutions) system. We first applied our EPA-registered anti-microbial fungicide (MAPS 1) and, afterwards, thoroughly wiped down the areas to remove any visible mold growth. This initial application, which kills any surface mold as well as any airborne mold spores, is specifically selected for its compatibility with our patented polymer sealant (MAPS 2), our second application. This unique sealant, which is derived from coatings used for medical implant devices, is available only to authorized pest control operators licensed to apply products inside structures. While completely safe and non-toxic to people, this sealant destroys mold at the cellular level. Any mold we treat is rendered inert, harmless, and non-allergenic. The sealant is moisture-sensitive and reactivates to prevent the return of any new mold growth in the treated area, so this product prevents future mold growth as well as treating the mold that is here today.
We completely tore down and cleaned out the old, moist and soiled insulation and vapor barrier We bagged it and then removed it. We then treated the mold and installed a dehumidifier.
We first treated the affected areas by applying our EPA-registered anti-microbial using electrostatic fogging, which kills any surface mold as well as any airborne mold spores. We then applied our patented polymer sealant, also using electrostatic fogging. This unique sealant is available only to authorized pest control operators licensed to apply chemical products inside structures. While completely safe and non-toxic to people, this sealant destroys mold at the cellular level. Any mold we treat is rendered inert, harmless, and non-allergenic. The sealant is also moisture-sensitive and reactivates to prevent the return of any new mold growth in the treated areas. In other words, the sealant not only kills today’s mold growth; it stops tomorrow’s growth as well.
One of the Mold Solutions By Cowleys crews was called out to treat and remove mold that had formed in the basement of a restaurant in New Brunswick. The basement had significant mold growth on the joists (the lumber supporting the basement ceiling) and the walls due to moisture and condensation from high humidity levels down below.
We first treated the joists and walls were treated with our EPA-registered anti-microbial (MAPS 1) to kill the surface mold and eliminate dangerous airborne mold spores. During this process, we were able to scrub away most of the visible mold growth. Next, we applied our patented polymer sealant (MAPS 2). This sealant is safe and non-toxic sealant to people, but deadly to mold. It contains small particles silver that destroys mold at the cellular level, rendering it inert, harmless, and non-allergenic. This sealant has the unique ability to reactivate and prevent the return of any new mold growth in the treated areas, so it not kills both the existing mold growth as well as any future mold growth as well. No other mold treatment product has this capability.
Mold formation in this New Brunswick basement could have been prevented if a dehumidifier had been installed. Dehumidification is, by far, the most important long-term preventative measure for controlling dangerous crawl space and basement moisture that will inevitably lead to mold growth. We recommended the purchase of a commercial-grade dehumidifier to maintain indoor humidity at levels that would minimize or prevent mold growth. Mold Solutions By Cowleys sells and services powerful, maintenance-free dehumidifiers specifically designed for basements and crawl spaces. The owner understood the importance of dehumidification to keep a basement clean and dry, and stated that he would contact us at a later date if he decided to go forward with purchasing a unit.
During the pending sale of a home in Howell, 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.
This “before and after” of this basement in Marlboro, NJ is another demonstration of the effectiveness of our mold treatment process. The Mold Solutions crew was sent to this home to treat a a small amount of mold growth on the joists in this basement.
Rim joists are a common area for basement mold growth in many homes. especially rim spaces that are insulated with fiberglass batts. Warm, moist air easily passes through the home into the rim space and then oneness on the joists. Any area in the home that has chronic problems with excess water, moisture, or humidity, there is a high risk for mold growth — and dark, moist, humid basements can easily turn into a mold breeding ground. Hidden mold in non-living areas of the home will then transfer on air currents to the inhabited areas, often making the home’s occupants sick.
We chemically treated the entire basement using electrostatic fogging by first using an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1). Next, it was time to do the heavy-duty manual work, painstakingly scrubbing off any visible mold. Once completed, we applied a patented sealant (MAPS 2). This unique product not only destroys mold at the cellular level, but also has the ability to reactivate based on moisture conditions. If any mold attempts to take root and regrow in any of the treated areas, our MAPS 2 sealant will reactivate and kills any new mold growth before it has a chance to take hold. No other product on the market has this capability.
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.
This mold treatment job in Brick had us pulling down all the insulation as well as the old vapor barrier. We bagged it and then disposed it . We first treated the areas with mold by applying our EPA-registered anti-microbial using electrostatic fogging, which kills any surface mold as well as any airborne mold spores. We then applied our patented polymer sealant, also using electrostatic fogging. This unique sealant is available only to authorized pest control operators licensed to apply chemical products inside structures. This sealant destroys mold at the cellular level. Any mold we treat is rendered inert, harmless, and non-allergenic. The sealant is also moisture-sensitive and reactivates to prevent the return of any new mold growth in the treated areas. In order words, the sealant not only kills today’s mold growth; it stops tomorrow’s growth as well.
Lastly we installed dehumidifier with drain hose. Who wants to worry about emptying the dehumidifier in your crawl space?
The Mold Solutions team was dispatched to a North Plainfield residence 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 problem inside a structure. Indoor mold not only ruins insulation and causes other property damage, 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 (MM1) using electrostatic fogging. This process kills any surface mold as well as any airborne mold spores. After a waiting period to ensure that the mold was dead, we applied our patented polymer sealant (MM2), also using electrostatic fogging. This unique sealant, which is derived from coatings used for human implant devices and is completely safe and non-toxic to people, destroys mold at the cellular level rendering it inert, harmless, and non-allergenic. The sealant is also moisture-sensitive and reactivates to prevent the return of any new mold growth in the treated area. 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. 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 Cowleys 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. The homeowner could not have been happier with our mold treatment service.
Assuming that there are no more plumbing problems down the road for this homeowner, and he is able to maintain a dry basement with low relative indoor humidity, he will not have to worry about any future mold problems from cropping up. One of the best mold-prevention investments that a homeowner can make is letting Cowleys install a commercial-grade dehumidifier in their basement or crawl space. Mold thrives in mold-prone areas like basements and crawl spaces because of high moisture and high humidity. The right dehumidifier will stop mold from gaining a foothold in your home and contaminating your indoor air.
These homeowners in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ were in the process of selling their home. As often happens, during the home inspection, mold was found in the basement. This home did not have a basement dehumidifier and their was chronically high indoor humidity that led to the mold growth.
We chemically treated the entire basement. We used an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) followed by applying a patented sealant (MAPS 2). This product not only destroys mold at the cellular level, but also has the ability to reactivate based on moisture conditions. If any mold attempts to take root and regrow in any of the treated areas, this sealant reactivates to kill any new mold growth before it has a chance to take hold.
Most important for the seller, since there were no building materials that lost their structural integrity, it was not necessary to do a major tear-out and renovation with our treatment process because we kill the mold right where it sits. With our process, there were no construction delays or other problems caused by finding mold. The sellers breathed a sigh of relief once they found out that the sale would not be derailed because of mold, and that the closing could go on as planned.
For those who are selling homes as well as the real estate agents representing them, Mold Solutions By Cowleys offers many benefits compared to traditional mold remediation not the lest of which is keeping the agreed-upon closing date on track..
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.
This homeowner in Brielle converted a pool house, which was located above a crawl space, into an additional living space. As part of the conversion, he installed a bathroom with a sewage pump put in the crawl space. The new residents in this converted unit soon noticed the tell-tale musty smell of mold, so we were called to inspect. Sure enough, the crawl space had mold growth on the cross beams and sheeting. The homeowner wanted a permanent, long-term solution beyond getting rid of the existing mold, so this problem would not resurface.
We first treated the mold. Initially we applied a powerful anti-microbial, and then we applied our patented, proprietary sealant that contains micro-particles of silver, which instantly kills mold on contact. This unique sealant kills mold at the cellular level rendering it inert and harmless. Also, it reactivates with water or high moisture levels, so it serves as a protection against future mold growth.
We explained to the homeowner that a crawl space always has a high risk of mold growth if it is not kept dry. Once indoor humidity exceeds 50%, which is common in virtually all open, vented crawl spaces, mold can grow, and over 60%, mold thrives. The homeowner agreed that it would be best the investment to take care of this crawl space once and for all. He contracted with us to insulate and encapsulate the crawl space, creating a barrier against the destructive outdoor elements. We also installed a special commercial-grade dehumidifier to keep down humidity, and well as a sump pump. We explained that his new “clean space” would not only keep out not only hot, humid outdoor air, but also insects and rodents. The air in the living space above would be cleaner, crisper, and healthier. The homeowner and the new residents of this living space were pleased with our installation, and happy that the mold was gone, along with the smelly air and all of the potential health issues that mold can bring.
These homeowners in Colts Neck needed to have mold in their basement treated in order to be able to put their home up for sale and attract potential buyers. For obvious reasons, active mold growth in a home is unacceptable to the majority of potential home buyers. As often happens, mold problems are either ignored or not discovered until the home-selling process, and unfortunately, by that time, the mold growth has progressed making it more expensive to treat. Also, the delay in treating the mold exposes the occupants of the home to a variety of respiratory problems.
The basement mold was caused by excess moisture and high indoor humidity in the basement. This home went for years without dehumidification and there were also indications of groundwater seepage into the basement. Homes situated in areas with high water tables are especially prone to flooding and groundwater intrusion, and it is important for homeowners to keep an eye on their investment. Water and moisture damage is the culprit of a wide range of problems, from mold growth to wood rot that can damage a home’s foundation.
We treated the entire basement with MAPS 1 and MAPS 2, wiping down all hard surfaces. MAPS 1 is our EPA-registered anti-microbial that kills the surface mold and any airborne mold spores. MAPS 2 is our patented polymer sealant. Any mold that comes into contact with this sealant is completely destroyed at the cellular level. The sealant is also moisture-sensitive and reactivates to prevent the return of any new mold growth in the treated area.
This homeowner in Manasquan was having a chronic moisture problem in his basement. The basement ductwork had a chronic condensation problem — water droplets were forming on the outside of the ducts, creating a big mess. Condensation on ductwork can lead to all sort of problems including damage to ceilings and drywall as well as mold growth.
Ductwork condensation is especially a problem in New Jersey during our humid summer months. Why? When that sticky, warm, humid basement air comes into contact with a cold surface like your air conditioner’s ductwork, that surface will chill the air enough to cause the water vapor to “condense” into liquid form. The process of condensation is what forms the moisture you see on a glass of a cold beverage that’s sitting outside on a hot summer day. And it also forms those troublesome “sweat beads” that start dripping on the outside of your ducts.
You’ll start having problems with ductwork condensation if there is inadequate insulation on the ductwork or if there is excessive moisture in the air. Proper duct insulation blocks the warmer air from coming into direct contact with the cold ducts. However, just insulating your ducts is not enough. If you have hot humid air circulating in your basement, the insulation itself will become saturated with moisture — ruining the insulation, reducing its R value, and triggering mold growth. The most surefire way to deal with duct condensation and other moisture sources in your basement or crawl space is by reducing your indoor humidity levels. And the best way to reduce indoor humidity, which often leads to dangerous mold growth, is by installing an effective dehumidification system.
Unfortunately, this homeowner found himself with mold growth throughout the basement because of the heavy condensation that had formed on the ducts. Prior to Mold Solutions By Cowleys arriving to treat the mold, he had the ducts properly insulated. He also installed a dehumidifier. Cowleys also carries and installs top commercial-grade, automatic, maintenance-free dehumidifiers that are specifically designed and built for below-grade basements and crawl spaces. Our dehumidifiers are NOT the same as those sold at the big box stores, which aren’t designed for heavy-duty constant use.
The Cowleys Mold Solutions team arrived to treat the mold. Unlike traditional mold remediators, we chemically treat the mold right where it sits. As a result, unless the building materials have lost their structural integrity from water damage, it is not necessary to do a massive and expensive tear-out. Instead, we focus of removing the dangerous mold — and usually can do so in less than a day.
First. using electrostatic fogging, we applied our anti-microbial fungicide (MAPS 1) that kills the surface mold and any airborne mold spores. We then followed this application by using foggers to coat the basement with our patented polymer sealant (MAPS 2). This product immediately destroys any mold, not to mention virtually any other virus or pathogen in its path. The sealant is moisture-sensitive and has the unique ability to reactivate to prevent the return of any new mold growth in the treated area. Afterwards, we meticulously wiped down all hard surfaces. With the mold destroyed and the underlying problem that had caused the mold growth fixed, this homeowner permanently solved his basement’s moisture and mold issues.
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