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Lakewood, NJ Mold on Wall

Lakewood, NJ Mold on Wall

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Lakewood, NJ Mold on Wall Lakewood, NJ Mold on Wall

This homeowner in Lakewood, NJ, had some paintings and pictures that were hung along the walls of the staircase leading into the basement. He had taken them down in order to clean them, and when doing so, had an unpleasant surprise — there was mold hiding behind them. Paintings and pictures that are flush against walls can sometimes develop mold if the walls are damp in any way. Air circulation helps to minimize mold growth. When hanging paintings or pictures, it is recommended to have a spacer so they are not in direct contact with the wall. 

With this home, the staircase area had the perfect environment for mold growth because humid unconditioned air from the basement came into contact with conditioned air from the first floor. You could feel the dampness in the walls from the condensation. We treated the mold in the staircase with an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) followed by a patented sealant that encases the mold and kills it on contact. This sealant has the unique property of reactivating if exposed to moisture, killing any future mold growth in the treated areas. We also wiped down any visible mold growth as we proceeded. 

The homeowner did not want to risk future mold growth in the staircase area or basement of his home. The only long-term solution is to keep down the relative indoor humidity level in the basement (below 55%), so mold cannot grow. We installed a commercial-grade high-performance SaniDry Sedona dehumidifier and filtration system that is specifically designed to work in basements and crawl spaces. These dehumidifiers operate automatically with a built-in humidity sensor (humidistat) that allows the homeowner to set the target humidity level and let the machine take care of everything else. Also, these humidifiers drain directly either outdoors or to a sump pump, so there is no pan or reservoir to empty. 

Leak leads to mold in Lakewood, NJ apartment

Leak leads to mold in Lakewood, NJ apartment

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Leak leads to mold in Lakewood, NJ apartment Leak leads to mold in Lakewood, NJ apartment

The utility room of a unit in a Lakewood, NJ apartment building was located outside, off the balcony. Unfortunately, the apartment unit above theirs, with a virtually identical layout, had a water leak in their utility room. The pipe leak in the unit above was fixed, but the damage to the unit below was not corrected in time. Water had seeped down into the ceiling tile and sheetrock of the utility room.  This mishap took place during the summer, and the residents of the bottom unit were unaware of the water issue above the,. These utility rooms were not air-conditioned. Also, these rooms were outside by the balcony and filled with hot, humid outdoor air. Unfortunately, the conditions were perfect for this small enclosed space to turn into a “petri dish” for mold growth.

Although the sheet rock had superficial mold growth, it had not lost its structural integrity. The only problem with the material was the mold itself. A mold remediation company had examined the utility room prior to us, and informed the apartment manager that the sheetrock would need to be torn out and carted away. 

Fortunately, Mold Solutions was contacted for a second opinion. We explained that, with our treatment process, we are often able to treat the mold right where it sits, making it unnecessary to remove the underlying building materials on which the mold is growing provided that the materials are not damaged and structurally sound.  In fact, treating the mold directly is far more effective because removal of building materials disrupts the mold spores. These airborne microscopic particles simply reattach elsewhere and mold growth soon reappears.

A two-man crew treated the utility room mold by applying an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) followed by a patented sealant (MAPS 2) that encapsulates the mold and kills it at the cellular level. Also, the sealant is moisture-sensitive and reactivates to kill any future mold growth. In less than a day, we successfully treated the mold and avoided an expensive and unnecessary tear-out and renovation project. 

Finally, although we thoroughly wiped down the mold stains, some of the stains were too deeply embedded to remove completely. Mold stains are the residue of the mold enzymes dissolving the materials (mold is nature’s decomposer). Although mold stains look horrible, they are not harmful or allergenic like the mold itself. Even though the utility room is not a “living space” of the unit, if these residents don’t want to be reminded of the mold growth when visiting the utility room, the solution is easy. With a fresh coat of paint to the utility room walls and ceiling, you would never know that there was once was a mold problem.

 

 

 

Moisture causes basement mold in Lakewood, NJ

Moisture causes basement mold in Lakewood, NJ

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Moisture causes basement mold in Lakewood, NJ Moisture causes basement mold in Lakewood, NJ

Recently, a two-man crew from Cowleys Mold Solutions was 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. So, for example, when hanging pictures or paintings, we recommend using spacers so the back of the framing is not in direct contact with the wall. Keeping air circulating is important to minimize mold growth, and it important to have good room ventilation. Weather-permitting, air out rooms by opening up your windows to let in fresh air. Also, make sure all of your fans are operational, especially in bathrooms, attics, and laundry rooms. In basements where indoor humidity levels trigger mold growth, the only long-term solution is whole-house dehumidification. By keeping down relative humidity levels below 55% mold cannot take hold. 

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 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. 

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Lakewood, NJ was originally settled by sawmill operators way back in 1750, the most notable of which was the Three Partners Mill. The same area saw industrialization from a local iron-smelting operation known as Washington Furnace.

Lakewood also had three well known hotels- the Laurel House, the Lakewood Hotel, and the Laurel-in-the-Pines. For much of its history, Lakewood has been a resort for the rich and famous, including frequent visits from Grover Cleveland, George Jay Gould, and even John D. Rockefeller.

Mold Solutions by Cowleys is proud to provide Lakewood homeowners and businesses with quality mold removal services to improve the health and value of the residence or facility. We not only adhere to the highest industry standards, we strive to be the industry leader in the home improvement related services we provide. We also use state-of-the-art products and technology which are designed to fix your home. We are the authorized in Lakewood, NJ.

Services we offer in Lakewood:

  • Home mold removal
  • Mildew removal
  • Black mold remediation
  • Mold testing & sampling
  • Mold cleaning
  • Air duct cleaning
  • Dust might control
  • Commercial mold removal
  • Mold remediation for athletic facilities
  • Mold remediation for schools
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  • Mildew cleanup & removal
  • Dehumidification system installation for mold control
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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...
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Mold Treatment Saves Home Sale in Lakewood, NJ

Oftentimes, mold is discovered in the non-living areas of the home during a home inspection performed as part of a pending sale on behalf of the buyer to determine whether the home has any structural issues that require correction. Although home inspectors are not generally mold experts, most are aware that mold is a concern for buyers and they are able to identify the signs of mold growth and the water intrusion or moisture issues that may be causing the mold growth. For all the parties involved – buyer, seller, and realtor – the discovery of mold could not happen at a more inopportune time. It is to no one’s advantage to postpone or kill a potential sale because of a finding of mold. 

During a home inspection of a home in Lakewood, NJ on behalf of the buyer, the inspector discovered mold growth in two different areas of the crawl space. Crawl spaces are a notorious trouble spot in a home. They are often used by insects and wildlife, and their high humidity can trigger mold growth. At this juncture, given the pending sale, the sellers were focused on having the existing mold treated and were not seeking long-term solutions to prevent future mold growth. To protect their investment, the buyer should consider dehumidification and other possible improvements to the crawl space.

A two-person Mold Solutions By Cowleys crew treated the mold problem with our mold treatment program. This program involves two separate applications in areas of mold growth. First, we applied an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) to the affected areas. Next, we applied our patented sealant (MAPS 2), for which Cowleys is a licensed distributor. This sealant kills molds on contact at the cellular level rendering it inert and harmless. Mold is dangerous because its airborne spores can cause various respiratory problems, and some strains of mold contain actual toxins. This sealant is also moisture-sensitive. If the conditions that trigger mold growth return, this sealant has the ability to reactivate and kill any new mold growth in the treated areas. Finally, we wiped down any visible staining.

The seller homeowners were pleased that we could complete this job in less than a day and that the sale would not be delayed because of mold. The sellers could now represent to the potential buyers that the crawl space mold problem was treated, and the crawl space is now safe and mold-free. 

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Saw mold on the ceiling over 2 years ago. Sheet rock was ripped out and replaced without any type of treatment. House has a pungent smell. No one living in the house presently.
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