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Rotted sill plates.
Our mold treatment process destroys any mold right where it sits, rendering it inert and harmless. Usually, there is no damage to the underlying construction materials and it can be left alone. In those cases, homeowners can reap significant savings by avoiding tear-out and renovation projects. Our mold treatment process involves two different applications. We first use an EPA-registered antimicrobial fungicide to kill the mold, and after it dries, we follow it with a patented polymer sealant available only to authorized pest control operators. This sealant is moisture-sensitive and reactivates to prevent the return of any new mold growth in the treated area, so this treatment prevents future mold growth as well as the existing mold.
Unfortunately, when removing the sheetrock, we found rotted sheathing and sill plates underneath that had been saturated with water.
Sheathing, which is usually plywood, OSB, or wafter-board, is integral to the home's framing. it ties together wall studs, strengthens the walls, and forms the base to put on siding materials. Although OSB rots very quickly when exposed to water, wall rot can happen with any kind of sheathing materials. Wet wall sheathing is usually a rainwater problem. Rain or melted ice reaches the building materials from bad roof flashing, window flashing, and a host of other potential problems. The pattern of the rot will give you strong clues about how water was been entering the home. With this particular house, the water damage was caused by a roof leak and because of leaking flashing around the chimney. Because water flows downward, the bad water rot spots was where the water was finally settling.
Here you see new sill plates installed.
Sometimes, however, it is necessary to remove and replace building materials have lost their structural integrity because of water damage. Here, the sheetrock had to be removed.
We had to replace the moldy damaged sheetrock.
This home also had rotted sill plates, which is a relatively common occurrence in older homes. The sill plates are timber-sized boarding closest to the ground, either on a foundation or piers. In older homes, the studs often rest directly on the sill and, unlike more modern houses, are nailed in with no bottom plate. Sills installed too close to the ground are easily exposed to water or insect infestation, and they can rot out from under the building.
In order to access and replace the damage sheathing and sill plates, we needed to remove the siding. With wet walls, it is important to keep removing siding until you're positive that you've reached solid non-damaged sheathing. After removing the siding, we replaced the damaged wood and then put it all back together. On the home's inside, we had to replace the old water-damaged insulation, and also install new sheetrock and base trim.
Getting ready to replace the siding
Putting Everbilt house wrap on replaced wood
This job certainly kept our crew busy, but when we were done the mold was gone and the water-damaged walls were fixed. The homeowner still needed to get roofers to his home to fix the roof leak and the chimney flashing to prevent this water damage from happening again. Among builders and home renovators, it is commonly said that water is the number one enemy of homeowners. If anyone has any doubt about the truth of that, all they would need to do is look at this home and see the damage to the building materials, not to mention the mold growth, that was caused by an undetected, ongoing water intrusion.
The Building is fully restored after the wood rot and water damage.
The Mold Solutions by Cowleys crew was assigned a particularly challenging project for a homeowner in Eatontown. We were called out because of extensive mold. If your home is suffering from a mold issue, count on our professionals to properly diagnose the situation and remedy your problem for good!
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