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Bathroom fan causes attic mold in Kendall Park, NJ

Bathroom fan causes attic mold in Kendall Park, NJ

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Bathroom fan causes attic mold in Kendall Park, NJ Bathroom fan causes attic mold in Kendall Park, NJ

Mold growth in a home is a symptom of an underlying water or moisture problem. Mold can rear its head anywhere and everywhere. Like all living organisms, mold needs air, organic material as a food source, the right temperature, and water or moisture in order to grow. We often think of water and moisture problems as external problems where water intrudes into the home from the outside, such as from flooding or a cracked foundation allowing water seepage from water-saturated soil. But oftentimes, the problems are internal. There are building or repair issues responsible for water accumulation. Common problems are burst or leaky pipes, non-operational sump pumps, backed-up gutters, and a variety of condensation problems from poor building design. Condensation easily forms on cold metal pipes and cold concrete floors as well as from our everyday activities that release moisture including cooking, washing clothes, and bathing. It is no surprise that often mold grows and thrives in crawl spaces, basements, attics, kitchens, washer/dryer areas, and bathrooms. 

 

One of the most important ways of reducing condensation in our living spaces, is through proper ventilation. A well-ventilated home is essential for removing moisture, especially in our bathrooms and kitchens where large quantities of steam permeate the air from hot water. Homes often have vent fans installed in bathrooms to carry away moist air. Proper building construction dictates that vent fans, whether bathroom vents or dryer vents, be vented directly outdoors. Venting exhaust fans into the attic is asking for trouble, even if the attic itself is vented. The excess moisture can cause condensation on the rafters and sheathing, which can lead to wood rot, moisture-saturated insulation, and dangerous mold growth. This homeowner in Kendall Park learned this lesson the hard way. The installer had vented the bathroom fan into the attic rather than outside, and, sure enough, he found himself with a serious mold problem overhead. 

 

For the long-term, the homeowner should fix the venting problem to remove the underlying condition allowing mold growth. However, Mold Solutions by Cowleys resolved the immediate problem. In less than a day, we applied a powerful anti-microbial to kill the mold, and then applied a patented, proprietary sealant containing silver micro-particles. Cowleys is an authorized applicator of this unique sealant; you can’t get it just anywhere. This sealant kills the mold at the cellular level rendering it inert and harmless so it no longer poses a health risk. However, this sealant does much more. It reactivates with moisture to prevent any regrowth of mold, so it not only kill’s today’s mold growth, but tomorrow’s as well. 

 

With this project, there was no removal of building materials, no need for home renovation, and no need for the family to relocate. While the homeowner was disappointed that the vent had to be properly reinstalled, he was pleased with Cowleys for taking care of the mold problem so quickly. This project was one of our many successful mold treatment projects — we removed the threat of mold while saving the homeowner the expense and inconvenience of a major renovation that often follows the tear-out of building materials by traditional mold remediators. 

Excess moisture causes mold in basement of restaurant - Mold removal in New Brunswick

Excess moisture causes mold in basement of restaurant - Mold removal in New Brunswick

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Excess moisture causes mold in basement of restaurant - Mold removal in New Brunswick Excess moisture causes mold in basement of restaurant - Mold removal in New Brunswick

One of the Mold Solutions By Cowleys crews was called out to treat and remove mold that had formed in the basement of a restaurant in New Brunswick. The basement had significant mold growth on the joists (the lumber supporting the basement ceiling) and the walls due to moisture and condensation from high humidity levels down below. 

We first treated the joists and walls were treated with our EPA-registered anti-microbial (MAPS 1) to kill the surface mold and eliminate dangerous airborne mold spores. During this process, we were able to scrub away most of the visible mold growth. Next, we applied our patented polymer sealant (MAPS 2). This sealant is safe and non-toxic sealant to people, but deadly to mold. It contains small particles silver that destroys mold at the cellular level, rendering it inert, harmless, and non-allergenic. This sealant has the unique ability to reactivate and prevent the return of any new mold growth in the treated areas, so it not kills both the existing mold growth as well as any future mold growth as well. No other mold treatment product has this capability.

Mold formation in this New Brunswick basement could have been prevented if a dehumidifier had been installed. Dehumidification is, by far, the most important long-term preventative measure for controlling dangerous crawl space and basement moisture that will inevitably lead to mold growth. We recommended the purchase of a commercial-grade dehumidifier to maintain indoor humidity at levels that would minimize or prevent mold growth. Mold Solutions By Cowleys sells and services powerful, maintenance-free dehumidifiers specifically designed for basements and crawl spaces. The owner understood the importance of dehumidification to keep a basement clean and dry, and stated that he would contact us at a later date if he decided to go forward with purchasing a unit. 

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. 

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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 times treat a home in one day, and our unique process eliminates the need for the invasive tear-out that traditional mold remediators will use. We guarantee that areas we treat for mold remain mold free for one year, renewable for up to five years with a dehumidifer and service contract!

We pride ourselves on top-notch customer service in every interaction, from the inital call to our production crew's cleanup. We work our hardest 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 us!

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Case Studies From Middlesex County
Roof
The Mold Solutions By Cowleys team was sent to a home in Metuchen, a borough in Middlesex County, about five miles from New Brunswick. The homeowner...
Mold
The Mold Solutions team was sent to a North Brunswick home. The home is currently under contract for sale. As often happens, during the home...
Work Requests From Middlesex County, NJ
Overbrook Rd. in Middlesex
We have black mold that needs removal/remediation in our attic.
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Edison 08817, Edison 08899, Edison 08837, Edison 08818, Edison 08820, Woodbridge 07095, Old Bridge 08857, Piscataway 08854, Piscataway 08855, New Brunswick 08933, New Brunswick 08903, New Brunswick 08989, New Brunswick 08901, New Brunswick 08906, Perth Amboy 08861, Perth Amboy 08862, East Brunswick 08816, Monroe Township 08831, Sayreville 08871, Sayreville 08872, North Brunswick 08902, South Plainfield 07080, Carteret 07008, Plainsboro 08536, Parlin 08859, Iselin 08830, Colonia 07067, Monmouth Junction 08852, South River 08882, Avenel 07001, Highland Park 08904, Middlesex 08846, Metuchen 08840, Fords 08863, Kendall Park 08824, South Amboy 08879, Spotswood 08884, Dayton 08810, Dunellen 08812, Milltown 08850, Cranbury 08512, Port Reading 07064, Keasbey 08832, Sewaren 07077, Helmetta 08828
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