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Metuchen Home's Roof Leak Causes Mold in Attic

Metuchen Home's Roof Leak Causes Mold in Attic

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Metuchen Home's Roof Leak Causes Mold in Attic Metuchen Home's Roof Leak Causes Mold in Attic

Just like in basements and crawl spaces, mold will grow in attics with consistently high relative humidity levels or, as I believe what happened in this home, a significant water intrusion from a roof leak. Although the roof leak had been repaired, the problem was that because of poor attic ventilation, mold had formed and colonized on the water-saturated wood. 

Groundwater causes mold in Metuchen, NJ crawl space

Groundwater causes mold in Metuchen, NJ crawl space

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A homeowner in Metuchen, NJ, was in the process of selling his home. During the home inspection, mold growth was found in the crawl space. There was groundwater seepage into the crawl space and high humidity levels making this enclosed area of the home the perfect environment for mold growth. As often happens, mold growth in crawl spaces is often not timely discovered since it is rare for homeowners to venture down there and check on things. It is quite common that crawl space mold is discovered during home inspections. There is never a good time to find mold, but finding mold during a pending sale is particularly frustrating. The last thing any seller wants to find out is that there is a mold problem that can delay the sale or even derail it.

The homeowner contacted Mold Solutions by Cowleys. We treat the mold directly and can often avoid time-consuming and expensive tear-out and renovation projects. We only remove building materials that are water-damaged and have lost their structural integrity. Here, the only use was the mold growth, so we were able to treat the mold in less than a day and keep the pending sale on track.

We treated the mold with an effective mold-killing antimicrobial (MAPS 1) and a patented polymer sealant (MAPS 2) that encapsulates and kills mold at the cellular level, rendering it inert and harmless. We also wiped down any visible mold stains. Although residual mold stains themselves are not allergenic (these stains are just a byproduct of the mold’s enzymes dissolving whatever material it is eating), they are aesthetically unappealing and can give the mistaken impression that there is an active mold issue, when there is not. With our process, we not only kill the existing mold. This this sealant is moisture-sensitive and will reactivate to kill future mold growth as well. Our process was more than enough to give the prospective buyers complete assurance that the crawl space mold was no longer an issue.

In addition, when there is mold growth, it is important to identify and fix the underlying issues causing the mold growth in the first place. With groundwater seepage, we recommend crawl space encapsulation and, of course, an efficient dependable sump pump. To keep down humidity levels, the only effective long-term solution is dehumidification. Here, the sellers asked us to install a SaniDry Sedona dehumidifier to keep down moisture in the air, so mold would be unable to form. 

The SaniDry dehumidifiers that we install and service are made with commercial-grade components. They are specifically designed to operate in basements and crawl spaces where humidity levels, especially during the summer, can skyrocket. These dehumidifiers operate automatically with a built-in hygrometer, and they empty into the drainage system, so there is no water pan to empty. They are truly worry-free machines. Perhaps best of all, with clean, dry air in your basement or crawl space, the entire home’s indoor air quality is dramatically improved. With these machines keeping down humidity levels, those musty odors from down below that permeate the home’s living spaces soon disappear.  

 

 

 

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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!

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Attic Mold Treated by Cowleys' team in Metuchen, NJ

A Mold Solution team was sent to a home in Metuchen, NJ. The homeowner had extensive mold growth in her attic. Although mold is commonly found in basements and crawl spaces, attics can also be a mold trouble spot as well. Just like in basements and crawl spaces, homeowners can find themselves with mold in their attic for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, attic mold is caused by chronically high indoor humidity levels, especially in those attics with poor ventilation or non-working attic fans This particular home had a significant water intrusion from a roof leak. Although the leak was repaired, the problem was that because of poor attic ventilation, mold had formed on the water-saturated wood. And the poor attic ventilation exacerbated the problem.

We first treated the attic by applying our EPA-registered anti-microbial (MAPS 1). This application kills surface mold and airborne mold spores. Next, we scrubbed off any visible mold. Mold stains are a residue from mold enzymes. They are not harmful or allergenic. However, they look horrible, especially when it comes time to sell the home. Prospective buyers are always cautious about mold growth in the non-living spaces of the home. We then applied our patented polymer sealant (MAPS 2). This unique sealant destroys any mold at the cellular level. It is also moisture-sensitive and reactivates to prevent the return of any new mold growth in the treated areas. 

To prevent mold from returning to the attic, it is important to address those underlying problems that facilitated the mold growth in the first place. Ensuring good air circulation in the attic is essential in order to prevent moisture buildup. A key part of any attic ventilation system are having soffits and gables with built-in vents that allow proper air circulation. Especially during the summer, these vents exchange cooler air from outside the house with the hot, humid air collecting in the attic. This prevents water vapor from collecting on roof sheathing and rafters, eventually causing rot wood and triggering mold growth. Also, air inside attics can reach temperatures that can warp and damage roof shingles. You also need attic air flow during the winter to prevent ice dams from forming on the roof. Blocked soffit vents will stop airflow and trap humid air, creating an environment perfect for mold growth. Even well-insulated attics need good air circulation.

With this Metuchen home, we wanted to ensure that the attic had good airflow by installing plastic baffles (also called wind baffles, venting chutes, rafter vents, or insulation baffles) in the rafter bays. Baffles establish a pathway for air to circulate between insulation and the roof sheathing. They prevent insulation from restricting air movement and allow air to circulate under or near the insulation. It is common for wind blowing through soffit vents to disturb the insulation by moving it out of place and blocking the vents, especially with blown loose fiber insulation. Baffles act as screens to separate the insulation from the air currents blowing through the vents. Also, baffles allow you to insulate the entire attic floor space. Without them, you have to keep the vents clear of insulation, so a portion of the attic stays unprotected.

We finished up this mold job in less than a day, and with our treatment process, the homeowner avoided extensive, expensive renovations. This attic is now mold-free, and more important, will remain mold-free. We advised this homeowner, as we would any homeowner that had attic mold, to periodically inspect the attic for roof leaks, to monitor the attic’s humidity levels, and to make sure that the attic fan is in good working condition.

Work Requests From Metuchen, NJ
Menlo Ave in Metuchen
Water leaked from my boiler into a wall in my basement I am concerned about black mold
E Chestnut Ave in Metuchen
Rented out our 3-br single family house. House was vacant for 7 month. Tenant found signs of mold under the wall paper in kitchen, on the plaster wall in the living room and the bedroom on the 2nd floor. Mold removal needed.
Wall St in Metuchen
Selling house need free estimate to fix two areas of mold.
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