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Our Mold Removal Services Case Studies: Faulty contractor work leads to mold in attic in Neptune, NJ

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 by Connor Welsh

Challenge

The Mold Solutions team was sent to a Neptune home, which happened to be close to our Neptune City offices. The homeowner found mold growth in her attic. Although mold is more commonly found in basements and crawl spaces, mold can and does grow in the attic when there are high humidity levels up above causing moisture. As long as there is water or moisture and organic materials, which includes processed wood and other building materials, mold will grow. This home had extensive visible mold growth.

This particular job reinforced the importance of having effective attic ventilation so that moisture can escape. During our humid Jersey Shore summer months, poor ventilation can cause a massive buildup of heat in the attic space. On a 90 degree summer day, attic temperatures can reach heat stroke temperatures of 140 degrees. Without proper attic ventilation, moisture that rises up through the structure condenses in the attic, causing a host of problems. Moisture buildup damages studs and insulation, distorts and deteriorates roof shingles, and radiates heat into the living spaces. This not only makes your home uncomfortable for its occupants, but also air conditioners and refrigerators are forced to work harder, increasing your energy bills. Ventilation problems happen during the winter as well. During the winter, heated air from the living spaces rises into the cold attic, condensing on the attic surfaces. This excess moisture damages insulation, rots wood, and forms destructive ice dams.

As if all that possible damage weren’t enough, as this homeowner found out first hand, excess attic moisture often leads to the formation of dangerous mold. In this case, the installer, when putting in the fiberglass batt insulation, pushed the insulation flush against the soffit, which is the construction material that bridges the gap between the home’s siding and the roofline. Soffits have built-in vents that allow air to escape. With this Neptune home, the covered insulation completely blocked airflow and trapped humid air, creating an environment perfect for mold growth. Also, attic fans assist natural ventilation, and this home did not have one.

It was time to treat the mold and make sure that it didn’t return. First, the homeowner had a number of personal effects in the attic that we carefully moved from the areas to be treated. We then treated the affected areas by applying our EPA-registered anti-microbial to kill any surface mold as well as any airborne mold spores. Next, we applied our stain remover. Even though the mold is dead, no one likes to look at mold stains. Finally, we applied our patented polymer sealant. This unique sealant is available only to authorized pest control operators licensed to apply chemical products inside structures. While completely safe and non-toxic, 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. We finished this job by pulling back the insulation enough to where the soffit was no longer blocked off and the attic could once again vent properly, bringing back all-important airflow. Whenever treating a mold problem, for a long-term solution, it is critical to determine and fix the underlying water or moisture problem that caused the mold growth in the first place.

Solution

It was time to treat the mold and make sure that it didn’t return. First, the homeowner had a number of personal effects in the attic that we carefully moved from the areas to be treated. We then treated the affected areas by applying our EPA-registered anti-microbial to kill any surface mold as well as any airborne mold spores. Next, we applied our stain remover. Even though the mold is dead, no one likes to look at mold stains. Finally, we applied our patented polymer sealant. This unique sealant is available only to authorized pest control operators licensed to apply chemical products inside structures. While completely safe and non-toxic, 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. We finished this job by pulling back the insulation enough to where the soffit was no longer blocked off and the attic could once again vent properly, bringing back all-important airflow. Whenever treating a mold problem, for a long-term solution, it is critical to determine and fix the underlying water or moisture problem that caused the mold growth in the first place.

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