The new way to kill mold and keep it from coming back.
Serving Central NJ, Middletown, Woodbridge, Toms River
A dog managed to access the crawl space, trapping himself down below. Sealing vents does not only create a healthier, dry crawl space, it also prevents wildlife from entering. Dead wildlife is itself a problem because it can attract other wildlife and insects.
Wet, moist and moldy crawl space.
We needed to clean out the crawl space prior to mold treatment.
Before treating the mold, we first needed to do some extensive cleaning and prep work. We carefully remove water-damaged construction materials including old insulation and filthy vapor barriers (see photo). We also removed plywood that was being used to cover the vents. The plywood, which was in poor condition, did not fully seal the vents, and was allowing water and moisture to enter the crawl space.
We also took important preventative measures to prevent future mold growth. Mold growth is triggered by an underlying water or moisture problem, and by keeping water and moisture out and humidity levels low, mold cannot grow. To keep out water and moisture, we sealed the vents with foam and foam spray, and installed a vinyl barrier between this crawl space and the crawl space of an adjoining unit in the complex.
With the crawl space cleaned out, we could begin the mold treatment. There was significant mold growth on the crawl space beams. First, we treated the entire crawl space with our EPA-registered anti-microbial (MAPS 1). This solution effectively kills surface mold and airborne mold spores. Next, we applied our patented polymer sealant (MAPS 2). This unique sealant, which contains microscopic particles of mold-destroying silver, is available only to authorized pest control operators that are 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. The beauty of this sealant, and what makes it unique in the mold remediation business, is that it not only kills today's mold growth, but will stop any future mold growth as well. No other mold product has that capability.
Treating the mold on the woodwork in the crawlspace.
Finally, we needed to deal with the moisture formed from high humidity inside the crawl space. Dehumidification is the most important long-term preventative measure for controlling dangerous crawl space moisture that will inevitably lead to mold growth. To reduce humidity levels in the basement, we installed a commercial-grade Sani-Dry dehumidifier that is specifically designed to work in basements an crawl spaces. These machines are much more powerful (10X) than traditional dehumidifiers. They operate in temperatures as low as 40 degrees F, and are maintenance-free. They have the capacity to extract close to 14 gallons of water per day at 80 degrees F. No human intervention is needed; rather, they operate automatically, turning on and off according to a built-in hygrometer that measures indoor relative humidity. These machines connect directly into the drainage system, so they don't have a water tray to empty. By maintaining indoor humidity levels at 50% or below, the crawl space will not reach moisture levels that are conducive to mold growth.
The Mold Solutions By Cowleys crew was dispatched to a Freehold apartment complex. The ground floor apartment units each have their own crawl space area. The crawl space under one of the units was in exceptionally poor condition. There was mold throughout the space. We even found a canine carcass in an advanced state of decomposition (see photo). Needless to say, with this job, we had our work cut out for us.
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