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Moisture in Basement Causes Mold in Lakewood, NJ

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

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

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

Moldy Remediation in Toms River, NJ

A three-man crew from the Cowleys Home Improvement team was sent to a home in Toms River, NJ. As often happens in homes situated in areas with high water tables, especially after periods of heavy rain or snowmelt, this home had a significant problem with groundwater seepage.

As this homeowner found out, an unfortunate byproduct of groundwater entering a crawl space is mold growth. The homeowner realized there was a mold problem down below because that tell-tale earthy, musty smell of mold had permeated the home’s living space. To resolve this problem, we removed the existing fiberglass insulation. This type of insulation in the crawl space absorbs water and is a source for mold growth. Over time, fiberglass insulation in crawl spaces tends to fall as it becomes weighted down and mice just love this material for nesting. These types of insulation are are not specifically designed for the moisture and humidity found in crawl spaces and often wind up causing problems. 

To treat the mold, we applied an antimicrobial (MAPS 1) followed by a patented sealant (MAPS 2) that not only kills the existing mold, but also has moisture-sensitivity. This sealant has the ability to reactivate and kill future mold growth in the treated areas. To effectively deal with future groundwater intrusions we installed two workhorse “smart pumps” that tie into a discharge line.

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

Homeowners in Toms River, NJ, found that groundwater had entered the basement. Fortunately, it wasn’t a great amount and the cleaned it up and fixed the crack where water was entering. Unfortunately, as this homeowner found out, it doesn’t take much water to trigger mold growth. A couple of days later, they checked the basement and noticed some mold growth on the sheetrock. Mold will attach to any organic material and use it as food, dissolving it with powerful enzymes. Even though sheetrock is made of inorganic gypsum, it has thick sheets of paper that mold will attach to.  

Here, the sheetrock was not structurally damaged and we could treat the mold directly. As often happens, as long as there is no loss of structural integrity to the materials, we can treat the mold — often in less than a day — and leave the materials alone, avoiding an expensive tear-out and renovation project. We treated the affected areas with our EPA registered anti-microbial called MAPS 1, which attacks mold on a cellular level and kills it instantly.

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

The homeowner was pleased that we could quickly resolve the mold issue. With the groundwater problem fixed, this homeowner should not have a return of mold.

Attic Mold Removal in East Brunswick, NJ

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

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.

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1145 NJ-33
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