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Ductwork mold removal in Manasquan

Ductwork mold removal in Manasquan

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This homeowner in Manasquan was having a chronic moisture problem in his basement. The basement ductwork had a chronic condensation problem — water droplets were forming on the outside of the ducts, creating a big mess. Condensation on ductwork can lead to all sort of problems including damage to ceilings and drywall as well as mold growth. 

Ductwork condensation is especially a problem in New Jersey during our humid summer months. Why? When that sticky, warm, humid basement air comes into contact with a cold surface like your air conditioner’s ductwork, that surface will chill the air enough to cause the water vapor to “condense” into liquid form. The process of condensation is what forms the moisture you see on a glass of a cold beverage that’s sitting outside on a hot summer day. And it also forms those troublesome “sweat beads” that start dripping on the outside of your ducts. 

You’ll start having problems with ductwork condensation if there is inadequate insulation on the ductwork or if there is excessive moisture in the air. Proper duct insulation blocks the warmer air from coming into direct contact with the cold ducts. However, just insulating your ducts is not enough. If you have hot humid air circulating in your basement, the insulation itself will become saturated with moisture — ruining the insulation, reducing its R value, and triggering mold growth. The most surefire way to deal with duct condensation and other moisture sources in your basement or crawl space is by reducing your indoor humidity levels. And the best way to reduce indoor humidity, which often leads to dangerous mold growth, is by installing an effective dehumidification system.

Unfortunately, this homeowner found himself with mold growth throughout the basement because of the heavy condensation that had formed on the ducts. Prior to Mold Solutions By Cowleys arriving to treat the mold, he had the ducts properly insulated. He also installed a dehumidifier. Cowleys also carries and installs top commercial-grade, automatic, maintenance-free dehumidifiers that are specifically designed and built for below-grade basements and crawl spaces. Our dehumidifiers are NOT the same as those sold at the big box stores, which aren’t designed for heavy-duty constant use.

The Cowleys Mold Solutions team arrived to treat the mold. Unlike traditional mold remediators, we chemically treat the mold right where it sits. As a result, unless the building materials have lost their structural integrity from water damage, it is not necessary to do a massive and expensive tear-out. Instead, we focus of removing the dangerous mold — and usually can do so in less than a day. 

First. using electrostatic fogging, we applied our anti-microbial fungicide (MAPS 1) that kills the surface mold and any airborne mold spores. We then followed this application by using foggers to coat the basement with our patented polymer sealant (MAPS 2). This product immediately destroys any mold, not to mention virtually any other virus or pathogen in its path. The sealant is moisture-sensitive and has the unique ability to reactivate to prevent the return of any new mold growth in the treated area. Afterwards, we meticulously wiped down all hard surfaces. With the mold destroyed and the underlying problem that had caused the mold growth fixed, this homeowner permanently solved his basement’s moisture and mold issues.

 

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Mold Solutions by Cowleys is your local, trusted source for high quality mold removal services! Our innovative products and procedures are miles ahead of the rest - we can often treat a home in one day, and our unique process eliminates the need for the invasive tear-out that traditional mold remediators use.

We guarantee that areas we treat for mold remain mold-free for one year, renewable for up to five years with a dehumidifier and service contract!

We pride ourselves on top-notch customer service in every interaction, from the initial call to our production crew's cleanup. We work hard to exceed our customers' expectations and ensure that the job is done right; the first time. If you're in need of unparalleled mold removal and control, count on Mold Solutions by Cowleys!

Services we offer in Manasquan:

  • 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
  • Mold inspection
  • Mildew cleanup & removal
  • Dehumidification system installation for mold control
  • FREE written estimates and inspections, and fast installation
  • Financing Available
Job Stories From Manasquan, NJ
Leak causes mold in bedroom in Manasquan, NJ home

Recently, I was sent to a residence in Manasquan, NJ to treat a mold problem resulting from a small leak in their bedroom window. Any water intrusion, moisture, or humidity problem can trigger dangerous mold growth inside a home. Here, the leak damaged the drywall, causing mold growth on the wood framing. 

The homeowner already had the water-damaged drywall removed prior to my arrival. There was no loss of structural integrity to the wood framing, and i was able to directly treat the mold with no further tear-out of building materials. I first rating the framing with an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) and thoroughly scrubbed the wood to remove all visible mold growth. Mold spreads through microscopic airborne mold spores that travel on air currents and reattach elsewhere on other surfaces. During the mold treatment, I remove the mold to prevent any further re-colonization. After waiting for the anti-microbial to dry, I treated the area with our second application, a patented sealant that actually encapsulates the mold, destroying it at the cellular level and rendering it inert and harmless Whatever remaining mold that I would not scrub off or be neutralized by the anti-microbial would definitely be destroyed with this sealant  Our two-application process ensures that all of the mold is eliminated. Also, this sealant has a unique quality. It is moisture sensitive and will reactive if there are damp conditions that are ripe for mold growth. Should new mold attempt to grow in the treated areas, it too will be automatically killed.  

With the bedroom mold treated, the homeowner could now safely replace the drywall without worrying whether there was still active mold in the home. In less than a day, I successfully treated the mold with minimal inconvenience to the homeowner. This job was typical of our mold treatment services  — a quick, effective, and permanent solution for resolving a residential mold problem.

 

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Mold Discovered After Buying New Home in Manasquan, NJ

New homeowners in Manasquan discovered mold in their basement shortly after buying the home. There are numerous strains of mold and mold comes in a variety of colors, shapes, and textures. Not all mold is toxic black mold, and all mold can be potentially dangerous depending on the respiratory sensitivities of those residing in the home. This white mold found in the basement had a chalky texture, and looked crystalized.   

A two-person Mold Solutions crew was sent in to quickly treat the mold problem. There were no structurally damaged building materials so we were able to directly treat the mold without removing any materials. This is commonly the case unless there is major water damage. Our mold treatment program includes two separate applications in areas of mold growth. We first apply an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) to the affected areas, and then cover the affected areas with our patented sealant (MAPS 2), for which Cowleys. This sealant immediately kills molds on contact, an also moisture-sensitive. If the conditions that trigger mold growth return, this sealant will reactivate and kill any new mold growth. Finally, we wiped down any visible staining. In less than a day, the basement was mold-free. New homeowners can find unexpected surprises after the closing and taking occupancy. If mold is not discovered during the inspection, it’s not the end of the world. The usual scenario is that we can treat the mold quickly and avoid expensive tear-out/renovation projects.

High humidity causes extensive mold in Manasquan crawl space

The Cowleys Mold Solutions crew was dispatched to a home in Manasquan to treat the crawl space for mold. Upon arrival, we found extensive mold growth throughout the entire crawl space area that was caused by high humidity levels. 

Mold, a fast-growing fungus, is the inevitable result of water or moisture problems inside a structure. There is a popular misconception that you need a major water issue like flooding or a broken pipe to trigger mold growth. In fact, as this homeowner found out the hard way, sustained high indoor humidity levels is more than enough to trigger mold growth. While mold growth can happen anywhere in a home, dark, damp basements and crawl spaces are often prime breeding grounds for mold. Crawl spaces are notorious trouble spots in a home. One of the primary reasons is that the vast majority of crawlspaces are still vented despite the overwhelming proven benefits of crawl space encapsulation. Venting not only allows thick, humid outside air to enter the crawl space area, but also provides easy access for insects and other pests. Crawl space problems are often compounded because this ignored area of the home is often “out of sight and out of mind.” Because homeowners or a repair person rarely ventures into a crawl space unless some work needs to be mold, moisture, and water problems can be festering for months or even years before they are identified and corrective action taken.

This mold problem was discovered because the home was recently listed for sale and the homeowner wanted to be sure that everything was okay down below. It was not, and Cowleys was brought in to treat the problem.

It was time to get to work! We treated the crawlspace by first applying our EPA-registered anti-microbial (MAPS 1) using electrostatic fogging to kill the surface mold as well as any airborne mold spores found in the crawlspace. After waiting for this treatment to dry and give the application time to kill the mold, we applied our patented polymer sealant (MAPS 2), also using electrostatic fogging. This sealant, which destroys mold at the cellular level, is moisture-sensitive, so it will reactivate if exposed to moisture or water and prevent the return of any new mold growth in the treated area. Finally, we scrubbed off all of the visible mold growth.

Because of the chronic humidity issues in the crawl space, we recommended to the homeowner that a commercial-grade dehumidifier be installed to keep down crawlspace humidity levels to prevent further mold growth. To stop re-occurring mold issues, it is critical to correct the underlying conditions that caused the mold growth. However, since the home is for sale, the owner did not want to make this long-term investment. In these situations, all we can hope for is that any buyers will hire a good home inspector that will identify the dampness and humidity issues in the crawl space. Also, the seller is obligated to disclose mold issues to any buyer. The Mold Solutions team was hired to get rid of the mold and restore the home’s indoor air quality. We did a great job of doing just that — and we did so in less than a day without tearing out any building materials.

 

 

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