A two-member team of Mold Solutions By Cowleys was sent to a home in Millstone Township, NJ to treat an isolated mold problem in the home. Here, the bathroom fan had stopped working and, unfortunately, was not timely repaired. Without a working ventilation system in a small enclosed area such as in a bathroom where there are high moisture conditions from all of the steam and hot water, there is a high risk of mold growth. And that’s exactly what happened.
Mold had formed on the ceiling. The homeowners had the fan fixed, but it was too late. They found themselves with a serious mold problem. Once mold forms, it will either continue to spread or become dormant depending on temperature and moisture conditions. Mold, a living organism, is a type of fungus. It will not simply “die” and go away on its own. Rather, mold, by its very nature, produces mold spores that become airborne will attach elsewhere in the home. Also, a home’s occupants can breathe in those spores, and those with respiratory sensitivities can develop allergy-like symptoms or even develop respiratory infections. Any mold, not just so-called toxic black mold, is potentially dangerous and must be treated.
For this bathroom mold problem, we treated the mold with two applications. First, we applied an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) that kills the mold on contact. Second, we applied a patented sealant (MAPS 2) that is available only to licensed distributors. This sealant not only kills the mold, but it is also moisture sensitive and will reactivate to kill any future mold growth. We also wiped down any visible staining caused by the mold. Mold stains are the residue of mold growth. They are not by themselves allergenic. However, they are unsightly, aesthetically unappealing, and can give the mistaken impression that there is still a mold problem.
The homeowner learned a valuable lesson about the importance of ventilation to keep down moisture and humidity levels in enclosed spaces. It is important to have working exhaust fans in bathrooms and attics where there can be high levels of humidity. In other areas of the home, such as basements and crawl spaces, where good ventilation isn't an option, it is important to have a commercial-grade dehumidification system to avoid mold problems and have clean, dry air circulating throughout the home.
This homeowner in Matawan, NJ, was in the process of selling his home. During the protective buyer’s home inspection, mold was discovered in the basement bathroom next to and on the HVAC ceiling register box. The likely cause was condensation that had formed on the ductwork. Condensation on ductwork is fairly common. It forms on when warm, moist air (which is what we are usually dealing with in a basement) comes into contact with a duct’s cooler surface. Water can condense on ductwork if there is inadequate insulation on the ductwork or if there is excessive moisture in the air. Water intrusions can cause a variety of secondary problems, including mold growth. Once mold takes hold, it can quietly spread to other areas of the home through airborne mold spores that attach elsewhere.
The homeowner seller was concerned that finding mold during the inspection would delay or even completely derail any possible sale. Fortunately, Cowleys Mold Solutions team was called in. There was no water-damaged materials and everything was structurally intact, so we could treat the mold right where it sits without the time and cost of a tear-out. To treat the mold, we applied an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) followed by a patented sealant (MAPS 2) that not only kills the existing mold, but has moisture-sensitivity and will reactivate to kill future mold growth as well. We then wiped down visible staining. Mold stains are simply the residue left from mold and is not in and of itself allergenic or otherwise harmful. Nevertheless, mold stains are aesthetically unappealing, and we wiped down the visible staining.
We offer a 1-year warranty on our mold treatment, which made the buyer comfortable to proceed, and after we had successfully removed the mold, the pending sale was not delayed. Ideally, it would have been preferable to deal with the mold prior to listing the house. Those who are contemplating selling should inspect for mold in the non-living areas of the home. Crawl spaces, basements, and attics are all trouble spots for mold because of humidity issues or water intrusion problems.
The Mold Solutions team was dispatched to a Cliffwood residence to resolve a severe mold problem. A lot of our work comes from referrals, and in this case, a Cliffwood Township home inspector who knew our work and our results told the homeowners about us. They were especially interested in our treatment process because they were hoping to treat the surface mold and staining without removing the drywall and dealing with an expensive renovation project. Unlike traditional mold remediators that remove the building materials containing mold growth, we focus on treating the mold directly. As long as the building materials are structurally sound (no severe water damage), our process avoids the time and expense of building tear-outs.
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These Farmingdale homeowners were in the process of selling their home. As often happens, mold was discovered during the home inspection. Often, mold grows in those humid, damp areas of the home that are rarely visited, especially is there had been a water intrusion at some point because of a roof leak, groundwater seepage, or a broken pipe. With this home, the inspector discovered mold on some of the wall sheathing in the attic. Mold will feed on anything that is alive or was once alive, including oriented strand board (OSB) sheathing, which uses an engineered manufacturing process to make rigid uniform panels for wood-framed walls that has no core voids or knotholes. Although OSB sheathing looks nothing like the trees from which it was made, mold will still grow on it as long as there is sufficient water or moisture.
The homeowners were concerned that this discovery of mold would delay putting their house on the market, and they contacted Mold Solutions By Cowleys. They called us in to do our mold treatment. We first treat affected areas by applying our EPA-registered anti-microbial (MAPS 1) and then apply our patented polymer sealant (MAPS 2). While completely safe and non-toxic, this sealant destroys mold. Upon contact with the sealant, any mold is instantly rendered inert, harmless, and non-allergenic. The sealant is also moisture-sensitive and reactivates to prevent the return of any new mold growth in the treated area
The homeowners chose Mold Solutions By Cowleys because they did not want mold to delay the sale of their home. Our treatment process allows most mold projects to be completed in less than a day. Why? We directly treat the mold itself instead of tearing out the mold-affected materials (as long as they are not structurally damaged). Also, unlike traditional mold remediation, we warranty our mold treatment process against returning mold.
Unfortunately, even when mold is removed, it leaves behind staining and discoloration. This staining is caused by the release of enzymes and certain pigmented compounds. For non-living spaces of the home like crawl spaces and attics, it is an aesthetic choice to have these stains removed, and for certain porous materials like drywall, mold stain removers are ineffective. Residual mold stains, while unsightly, pose no health risk. What’s of critical importance, and our focus, is getting rid of the mold. And after our treatment, not only is the mold is gone, but also any treated areas are protected from future mold growth. Because our process restores the home’s indoor air quality, mold-related respiratory problems are avoided.
These Rumson homeowners had a slow hidden pipe leak their kitchen. Water had seeped down below into the basement, and large patches of surface mold had started to grow on the floor sheathing. The homeowner had a plumbing service fix the leak that had caused the mold growth in the first place. However, the dangerous mold needed to be removed, and they contacted Mold Solutions By Cowleys to resolve their mold problem. As is often the case, because there was no water-damaged building materials, by using our process, the homeowners were able to avoid an expensive tear-out and renovation project. Instead, Mold Solutions by Cowley treated the area and killed the mold in less than a day, potentially saving thousands in construction costs.
Upon arrival, the mold crew first treated the affected basement areas by applying our EPA-registered anti-microbial (MAPS 1) to kills the surface mold and reduce the level of airborne mold spores. Next, we applied the heart of our treatment process, a patented polymer sealant (MAPS 2). Upon contact, this safe and non-toxic sealant renders any mold inert, harmless, and non-allergenic. The sealant’s unique feature is its moisture-sensitivity — it will reactivate with water or moisture and prevent the return of any new mold growth in the treated areas.
These homeowners were quite pleased that we successfully treated the mold growth so quickly, and that we left the perfectly good building materials alone. We expediently and effectively got rid of the mold, and did so in a way that allowed the homeowners to circumvent what could have otherwise morphed a big construction job — accompanied with a big price tag and big headaches!
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.
The Mold Solutions crew treated this basement in Hazlet for mold. The basement had extensive mold due to water damage.
This was a particularly intensive job because of the level of mold growth. There was a lot of tedious wiping and scrubbing, so all of us worked us a good sweat to get this mold problem under control. At Cowleys, we treat the mold right where it sits instead of removing building materials out of the home. If certain building materials have lost their structural integrity, we need to remove them from the home. But if the materials are good and simply have superficial mold growth, no tear-out is required.
First, we electro-statically fogged the entire basement with an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) solution to kill the mold. Next, the entire team painstakingly wiped every nook and cranny of this basement. We divided up the basement into sections, and the entire crew thoroughly wiped all of the walls, wood furniture, doors and beams to ensure all of the mold was removed. It was hard work, but also very satisfying!
Once completed, we electro-statically fogged the basement again — this time with a patented sealant (MAPS 2) that will reactivate with moisture to kill any mold that attempts to grow in any treated area.
For long-term mold control, the most important preventative measure is keeping the space free of excess moisture that comes with high indoor humidity. As long as humidity levels are kept low, mold cannot grow. With this home, we finished off the job by installing a commercial-grade maintenance-free SaniDry dehumidifier. With the current mold gone and the dehumidifier in place, this homeowner now has a mold-free basement. Even more important, the homeowner and all of the residents will be able to “breathe easy,” enjoying healthy, clean indoor air.
This homeowner in Brielle, NJ wanted a better alternative to a store-bought dehumidifier for her damp basement. According to the homeowner, the humidity level in her basement was so high that, on some days, she had to empty the water pan two or three times a day — and this was a low capacity dehumidifier, not even a commercial-grade machine designed to work in a crawl space or basement.
We replaced her dehumidifier with a hassle-free SaniDry Sedona dehumidifier. Now, she will never have to go down to the basement to empty the machine. With these SaniDry dehumidifiers, there are no messy trays or buckets of water that fill up and can overflow. Rather, the machine is directly connected to the sump pump or other drainage system, so the whole process requires no human intervention. They work automatically and are maintenance-free.
When installed in a basement or crawl space, this dehumidifier helps prevent mold and reduces musty odors. It produces dry, healthy air without that musty smell you often find in damp, moist areas of the home. This particular dehumidifier has the capacity to remove 100 pints per day of water out of the air and moves over 300 cubic feet per minute of dry air around your crawl space or basement.
Mold will thrive if the moisture content in the air is too high. Many homeowners mistakenly believe that you need a leaky pipe, a flood, or some other water intrusion for mold to form. That’s not true! High indoor humidity is more than enough to trigger dangerous mold growth. This dehumidifier will keep your basement or crawl space below 55% relative humidity, and this level is too low for mold to grow. Also, with this lower humidity, dust mites will die off. Dust mite fecal matter is the primary cause of indoor allergies.By improving indoor air quality and preventing mold growth, these commercial-grade SaniDry dehumidifiers are a great investment for your family’s health.
Cowleys installs and services Sanidry commercial-grade dehumidifiers that are specifically designed to maintain an ideal relative humidity level in basements and crawl spaces, stopping mold and mildew, and eliminating those stinky musty odors that accompany these problems. Crawl spaces and basements are common high humidity “troublemakers” in a home where problems can stay hidden for quite awhile because these subterranean spaces are rarely visited let alone inspected. Often, water, moisture, mold, and insect problems are not discovered until the problem starts to spread to the living areas of the home above (for example, you start noticing a woodsy, musty smell rising up from below) or the problem is found at the worst possible time — during a home inspection on a pending sale!
These dehumidifiers, by keeping indoor humidity levels low, prevent mold growth from high moisture conditions. Also, a home’s indoor air quality is dramatically improved by these machines pumping out clean, dry air. These units have a two-stage filtration that captures mold spores, dust mites, and other pollutants.
Just as important, these machines are “set and forget.” First, there is no water pan to empty or worry about overflowing. Instead, the water extracted from the air drains directly to the sump pump, french drain, or a hose that exits the home. Second, these machines are energy-efficient. They have a built-in auto-humidistat that senses the moisture level in the space that automatically turning the unit on and off as necessary to maintain the desired humidity level.
However, just like with your furnace and air conditioning units, annual servicing is essential to keep these machines performing at their best and preventing malfunctions and costly repairs. Our trained technicians inspect, clean, and replace the filter and any parts so the dehumidifier keeps working at optimal efficiency.
This photo show the servicing of one of these dehumidifiers for a homeowner in Shrewsbury, NJ.
This homeowner in Little Silver, NJ noticed mold growth at the bottom of her basement stairs after a recent heavy rain. Typically, we don't remove sheetrock during our process unless there is a loss of the material’s structural integrity. With our process, we treat the mold right where it sits and leave any structurally sound materials alone. However, this homeowner was concerned about the source of the water intrusion that triggered the mold growth. She wanted to be sure that there was nothing else going on behind the wall that was contributing to the mold problem. After we removed the sheetrock, we determined that the culprit causing the mold growth was groundwater seepage into the basement after heavy rains.
The Mold Solutions crew went ahead and treated the basement for mold. Our process involves two separate applications. First, we treat the area with an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) and then use a patented sealant (MAPS 2) available only to licensed distributors. This product instantly on contact renders any mold harmless and non-allergenic. It is also moisture-sensitive and has the ability to reactivate and kill any future mold growth.
To prevent a re-occurrence of mold, it is critical to identify and fix the source of the water intrusion. If the underlying water problem isn’t fixed, mold will likely return. For this homeowner, the underlying water problem was groundwater seepage resulting from over-saturated soil around the foundation. Groundwater can enter basements when hydrostatic pressure pushes water into the basement through either cove joints (the joint between the wall and basement floor) or floor cracks.
This homeowner contacted a basement waterproofing company that specializes in groundwater seepage problems. These companies often deal with groundwater seepage by reducing the hydrostatic pressure that caused the seepage in the first place. They do this by installing interior drain tile, which is a system of perforated pipes under the basement floor. These pipes act as a pressure relief valve. The groundwater is collected in the drain tiles and then carried off to the sump pump where it is discharged. Once the groundwater seepage problem eliminated, this homeowner should not have to worry about mold returning to her basement.