Recently, a two-man crew from Cowleys Mold Solutions division was sent to a home in Lakewood, NJ to treat a basement mold problem. This homeowner had kept a couch flush up against a basement wall. He decided to get rid of the couch. When he moved it, there was an unpleasant surprise waiting for him: the couch was hiding heavy mold growth on the basement wall. He contacted Cowleys to resolve the mold problem
Generally, when treating mold with our particular process, it is not necessary to remove building materials, including sheetrock, unless they are water-damaged and there is a loss of structural integrity. Often, we treat the mold right where it sits and leave the building materials alone. However, with any mold problem it is critical to identify and correct the water intrusion event that caused the mold growth in the first place. otherwise, the mold will eventually return. In this case, we needed to remove enough sheetrock to determine what was causing the mold growth. We immediately identified the water intrusion problem: A crack in the foundation allowed for groundwater leakage into the basement.
The homeowner is going to contract with a basement waterproofer to fix the groundwater problem. In the meantime, we treated the basement mold. With our process, we treated the entire basement with an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) followed by a patented proprietary sealant (MAPS 2) that encapsulates the mold and kills it on contact. The sealant not only kills the existing mold. It is moisture-sensitive and will reactivate to kill any new mold growth.
Dehumidification is the single most important preventative step a homeowner can take to prevent mold growth. Chronically high indoor humidity levels is one of the most common causes of mold growth. Keeping down humidity levels in basements and crawl-spaces is essential to prevent dangerous mold growth. For this homeowner, we installed a Sanidry Sedona dehumidifier. These efficient, high-performance dehumidifiers are specifically designed to work in the damp challenging environments of basements and crawl spaces. They operate automatically and empty into the home’s sump pump or directly outside, so there is no water tray to empty. These dehumidifiers reduce musty crawl space and basement odors and dramatically improve a home’s indoor air quality.
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