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.
During a pre-sale inspection of a home in Oceanport, NJ mold was discovered in the basement. As often happens, the mold is discovered in the nonliving areas of the home when there is a detailed inspection pending a sale. To avoid this scenario and stay on top of problems, we encourage homeowners to periodically inspect their nonliving areas of the home, especially basements and crawl spaces, where there are often water and moisture issues because of chronically high indoor humidity levels.
The sellers were concerned because the sale was now put on hold pending treatment of the mold problem. There was a lot of anxiety and worry not knowing the costs involved and how long it would take to be to fix. The seller had good news from Cowleys. As long as there is no loss of structural integrity of the building materials, with our mold treatment process, massive tear-outs and renovations can be avoided. Instead, we directly treat the mold right where it sits leaving the underlying building materials alone.
With this basement, we treated the mold with two of our two-part system, an EPA-registered anti-microbial (MAPS 1) followed by a patented sealant that kills mold on contact and has the ability to reactivate to kill future mold growth (MAPS 2). We then wiped down the visible mold stains. We were in and out in less than a day completely resolving the mold issue. Needless to say, the seller (not to mention the real estate agent) was happy that the pending sale was immediately back on track with no delays. Over the long term, to deal with the moisture issues in the basement, we are hopeful that the buyers will consider installing a commercial dehumidification system. By keeping basement humidity levels low, mold will not form and the home will have clean, dry air circulating throughout.
Recently, a property investor who owns and manages a 4-unit apartment building in Oceanport, NJ, contacted Mold Solutions By Cowleys to treat a mold problem. His building had a significant water intrusion event. A water pipe had burst in one of the 2nd-floor units, which, in turn, caused fairly extensive flooding in the apartment underneath. If there is any good news with large, immediate events as opposed to slow pipe leaks or moisture problems from high humidity, the problem is often noticed and addressed immediately. Over the long term, hidden water and moisture problems is slow and steady, and can result in significant property damage.
Since the water problem was caught quickly, the landlord thought that there would not be enough time for any mold to set in. It’ a pretty common misconception that it takes awhile for mold to start forming after a water leak. In fact, mold starts growing immediately. Mold spores will attach to damp or wet organic materials — wood products, ceiling tiles, cardboard, wallpaper, carpets, drywall, fabric and even insulation — as long as there is enough water or moisture and temperature conditions are right (mold thrives in hot, humid surroundings). Some strains of mold can easily grow within 24 to 48 hours from the water intrusion event, and begin to colonize a day or two thereafter. While it may take a week or two before mold grows enough to be seen by the naked eye, mold is often there at the microscopic level. Inevitably, there is a delay between mold formation and when it is first discovered.
With this particular job, mold growth was discovered when renovations started a short time later. They immediately called us to make sure this mold problem was handled correctly and there were no tenant mold-related complaints down the road.
We treated all of the mold-affected areas with with two products, an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) followed by a patented sealant (MAPS 2). This sealant, available only to licensed distributors, completely destroys mold, rendering it harmless and non-allergenic. This sealant also reactivates based on moisture conditions. If any new mold attempts to take root and regrow in the treated areas, this sealant reactivates to kill that mold growth. No other mold treatment products have this unique ability of lying in wait to kill potential future mold growth.
The Mold Solutions crew was able to treat this mold problem in less than a day, and the renovations were back on track for this landlord with no time loss.
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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.
These homeowners in Lincroft, NJ needed to have their crawl space insulation removed because of mold formation. Crawl spaces commonly develop mold because they are damp, dark, humid, and surrounded by damp soil — a perfect environment for mold to thrive. Permanent resolution of mold problems in crawl spaces requires encapsulation and dehumidification. Both of these improvements are performed by Cowleys residential contractor division. We spend a lot of our days in crawl spaces!
These homeowners decided to put their home up for sale and there would be pre-sale inspection deficiencies without any crawl space insulation. It’s unfortunate that they waited until the sale of their home to do this. The lack of insulation no doubt increased their utility bills and made their ground flood cold and uncomfortable. Nevertheless, the home was getting proper insulation now. For this job, our two-man crew installed R-19 ComfortTherm insulation, a formaldehyde-free poly-encapsulated fiberglass insulation with a vapor-retarder facing. It’s a great thermal and acoustical insulation and our go-to product for basements and crawl spaces.
The owner of a pet resort in Englishtown that offers pet daycare and overnight boarding became aware, in a somewhat unusual way, that mold was growing inside a section of their building’s interior walls. A dog that was boarding there had dog scratched away a part of the wall, exposing the hidden mold. The dog had likely smelled the mold and was curious to see what on earth could be causing such a foul-smelling odor. Dogs have an incredibly keen sense of smell, so for them, identifying mold hidden behind walls would be pretty easy. A for may not know what it is, but they sure know it stinks. The owner quickly made the call to Mold Solutions By Cowleys for whatever mold remediation work was necessary to protect their health and the health of the pets that they care for.
The Mold Solutions team went to work using our MAPS system. We area that we treated was a room used for holding pens. First, using electrostatic fogging, we applied an anti-microbial that kills surface mold and airborne mold spores. Although the walls had mold growth, they were still structurally sound. In these situations, Mold Solutions can successfully and permanently resolve a mold problem while avoiding a costly and extensive tear-out of perfectly good building materials. Instead, with our process, we treat the mold itself. After the anti-microbial application, we used electrostatic fogging to apply our patented, proprietary sealant that coats and kills the mold, and prevents the spores from further spreading. Any microorganism, including mold, viruses, and bacteria that comes into contact with this sealant immediately dies. However, what makes this sealant unique is its built-in “moisture intelligence.” This sealant has the ability to travel through any surface water and seek out the moisture in mold spores where it then reactivates to prevent any future mold growth. The MAPS system and its patented sealant not only kill today’s mold but tomorrow’s mold as well. When mold spores come into contact with this sealant, they are destroyed at the cellular level. The mold is no longer allergenic or otherwise harmful. So, when the Mold Solutions team finishes a mold project, we’ve not only removed the existing mold, but we’ve laid the groundwork to prevent mold from returning to those areas that we’ve treated.
When we treated the mold, the building materials were dry, so further inspection will be required to determine the source of the water intrusion. Because mold requires water or moisture to grow, it is essential to identify the underlying water or moisture issue that caused the mold growth in the first place. Our objective is to permanently resolve a mold problem, and that requires identifying and repairing the underlying water problem. If the underlying conditions causing the mold growth are not resolved, there is always the potential for mold to return. With hidden mold growth inside walls, the problem is usually either a slow leaky pipe or a roof leak causing seepage from above. If the volume of water is not enough to stain or seep through the drywall or acoustic tile, the problem often remains undetected unless someone can smell the mold or an occupant of the structure starts to develop allergy symptoms. If someone has chronic allergies, it is important to rule out mold as the underlying cause. The owner of this pet facility was fortunate that one of his “guests” had such a refined sense of smell and took it upon himself to “do some digging” in order to satisfy his curiosity about the offending odor.
There wasn't visible mold in this home in Howell, NJ basement but there was a high mold spore count versus the spore count from the outside. The bank that was selling the property wanted all the wood panels removed and the actual concrete and wall joists treated for mold to ensure that the mold wouldn't form.. those pictures just show that we're a well round mold treatment company that could tear out the materials whether it's necessary or not where in this case the customer (the bank) wanted everything removed..
In situations where concealed mold is suspected due to an indoor mold test, or there is knowledge of previous conditions which could have led to mold. Cowleys can perform demolition work to remove any structurally damaged
In this bank-owned property, there was no visible mold, but testing showed a very high mold spore count. The bank asked us to remove all the wood panels so that the concrete and wall joists could be treated with the MAPS patented sealant, guaranteeing a mold-free home so the sale could go through.
Recently, a two-man crew from Mold Solutions By Cowleys was sent to an office/warehouse in an Industrial Park in Eatontown, NJ to resolve a mold problem. Mold had formed because of water seepage through an exterior wall. Mold is a byproduct of some water intrusion event. If you have mold, there is underlying water problem that’s caused it. Although we tend to associate mold with a major water intrusion event like flooding, mold can also form with a water problem that’s not at noticeable or dramatic. Sometimes, the water problem is internal such as a leaky pipe or chronically high indoor humidity, especially in basements and crawl spaces. Other times, like here, the mold problem is caused by an external event where water enters the building through the roof, foundation, or external walls.
Here, the water seepage went unnoticed for some period of time. Once it was found, the building owner immediately has the leak fixed. However, it does not take long for mold to take hold, and here, mold had started to grow on the outside bottom of drywall (sheetrock). As long as there is water or moisture, mold will start growing on any organic material, even on materials that are no longer living. Many processed building materials, including drywall, contain organic material, even though they don’t look like anything that resembles anything that was once alive and found in nature. Although drywall is primarily made of inorganic gypsum plaster. It is pressed between two thick sheets of paper, which is “organic” food for mold. When drywall become water-saturated, it acts like a sponge. Mold formation on drywall can form and spread quickly.
With our mold treatment process, we treat the mold directly, right where it sits. If the building material has not lost its structural integrity, we don’t need to remove it. Since, water had leaked into the building from the exterior wall, it was important to determine if there was any mold growth in the wall void. Mold is not always visible and in plain sight. To ensure that there was no mold growth in the wall void, we cut out a small section of the drywall panel so that we could inspect behind it. No mold had formed in the void. This was good news for the building owner. Since we were only dealing with surface mold, we could treat the mold without removing building materials. Our mold treatment process often allows building owners to avoid costly tear-outs and renovation. Also, removing mold-tainted materials is not foolproof. Significant precautions must be taken so that mold spores don’t fly off and reattach elsewhere.
We started by treated the mold with an EPA-registered anti-microbial (MAPS 1). Next, we applied our patented sealant (MAPS 2) which kills mold on contact. This sealant has the unique ability to reactivate with water or moisture and kill future mold growth in any of the treated areas. Finally, we scrubbed off the mold stains. Mold stains are residue of the mold enzymes dissolving the material. These stains themselves are not harmful or allergenic like the mold itself. However, they are aesthetically unappealing. As long as the stains are not too deeply embedded in the materials, we can remove or at least substantially reduce their appearance. Bottom line: Our crew finished up in less than a day, and after we were done, we left the building mold-free and safe for its employees and customers.
A Cowleys Mold Solutions team was dispatched to a Cliffwood, NJ, residence to resolve a severe mold problem. We were referred by a Cliffwood Township home inspector who knew of our work and our results. These homeowners were interested in our treatment process because they were hoping to avoid an expensive renovation project. As long as the building materials are structurally sound (no severe water damage), our process avoids the time and expense of building tear-outs and renovations.
This home’s master bathroom had heavy black mold growth. Mold growth results from some underlying water or moisture problem – flooding, leaky pipes, and even just from moisture in the air! Mold will often form in living areas of the home with high humidity like bathrooms, kitchens, and washer/dryer areas, and non-living areas like crawl spaces, basements, and attics..
With this home, there was sustained moisture build-up in the bathroom over a period of months after the ceiling fan stopped working. With no working bathroom fan to vent out the steam, moisture had condensed everywhere — on all four walls, the floor, and ceiling. Once there is a water or moisture problem, all you need for mold to grow is some organic food source, even processed wood-based building material like drywall. Mold can even grow on non-porous surfaces like tile or concrete because of dust and other residues that contain organic material.
We first treated the affected areas by applying our EPA-registered anti-microbial (MAPS 1). After a waiting period, applied a commercial-grade stain remover to the mold-stained surfaces. Finally, we applied our patented polymer sealant (MAPS 2). This sealant destroys not only destroys any existing mold. It is also moisture-sensitive and reactivates to prevent the return of any new mold growth in the treated area.
We treated the mold is less than a day. Because the underlying bathroom drywall was not damaged, the homeowners avoided an extensive tear-out/renovation project. When we left, there was not the slightest trace that this bathroom once had a severe mold problem. Now, with the bathroom fan repaired and the moisture problem fixed, mold would not return.
This home in Matawan, NJ, had a leak behind some sheetrock in the basement that had gone undetected. Water damage was severe. In order to determine the extent of the water damage, we cut out a portion of the sheetrock. We removed water-damaged sheetrock as well as any ruined insulation. With our mold treatment, if the building materials have not lost their structural integrity, we can treat the mold right where it sits and avoid a tear-out. However, once building materials have become water-damaged, they must be removed.
A Mold Solutions team treated the mold-affected areas of the home with an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) to kill the surface mold, followed by a patented sealant (MAPS 2) that completely destroys existing mold. This sealant reactivates when exposed to water or moisture to prevent the return of any new mold growth in the treated areas.
The homeowner was pleased that we could deal with the mold problem so efficiently. The lesson with this particular mold job is that homeowners need to periodically inspect all areas of the home to ensure that there are no hidden water intrusion issues. Any water intrusion problem, including pipe leaks and rainwater or groundwater entering the home through the roof or foundation can trigger dangerous mold growth. Chronically high humidity and moisture conditions in basements and crawl spaces is a common cause of mold formation as well. If you have a mold problem, it is important to have the mold treated correctly. Contrary to popular belief, simply wiping bleach on porous surfaces like wood and sheetrock will not kill all of the mold.
A homeowner in Long Branch, NJ, had a roof leak that had gone undetected for quite awhile. Once discovered, they had the roof leak repaired by a qualified roofer. However, as often happens with roof leaks, the intruding water caused mold growth. Here, mold had started to grow in a closet. The homeowners contacted Mold Solutions by Cowleys to resolve the mold problem.
A two-member crew arrived to treat the mold-affected areas. We treated the area with an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) followed by a patented sealant (MAPS 2). This sealant not only kills the current mold growth but is moisture-sensitive and will reactivate to kill any future mold growth in the areas where it is applied. Finally, we wiped down any visible staining. Mold stains are a by-product of the mold enzymes consuming organic materials. While some mold stains can be removed, others are too deep in the building materials to be superficially scrubbed away. In those cases, the homeowner must either replace the materials or paint over the stains.
With this mold job, as with most of our projects, there was no loss of structural integrity to the building materials. In these situations, we treat the mold directly and leave the building materials alone. We finished this project in less than a day. The homeowner was quite pleased with our mold treatment process. We made his home mold-free without the time, expense, and disruption of a tear-out/renovation project.
Homeowners from Highlands, NJ, found themselves with a mold problem in their crawl space. This is an all-too-common occurence for Jersey Shore homeowners. We can have exceptionally high humidity levels build up in our basements and crawl spaces, especially during the summer months. A major misconception about mold is that you only have to worry about it following some major water intrusion event like flooding. Far from it, Moisture from chronically high indoor humidity levels is more than enough to trigger dangerous mold growth. Mold formation caused by high moisture and humidity levels accounts for most of the mold problems that we treat.
For these homeowners, a crew from Mold Solutions By Cowleys treated the mold in less than a day. For this job, we needed to remove the existing insulation and the vapor barrier. Both were covered with mold and unsalvageable. Next, we treated the mold-affected areas with two applications. First, we applied an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) followed by a patented sealant available to licensed distributors (MAPS 2). This unique product not only kills the existing mold, but it also has moisture sensitivity. and will reactivate to kill future mold growth in the treated areas.
For long-term mold prevention, it is critical to deal with the underlying problem: Humidity. As long as this crawl space had sustained high humidity levels, it would be at risk for a returning mold problem. We installed a new vapor barrier, blocked the vents, and installed a SaniDry Sedona dehumidifier with a condensate pump. These rugged dehumidifiers are designed to work in basements and crawl spaces. These machines are maintenance-free with no water pan to empty, and using a built-in hygrometer that constantly measures the room’s humidity, the machine turns on and off automatically as needed without human intervention.
With our mold treatment applications along with the dehumidifier installation and other improvements and upgrades, these homeowners now have peace of mind that their crawl space is mold-free, and even more important, will stay that way.
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.
During a pending sale of a home in Middletown, NJ, mold was discovered on the fire-blocking wall of a utility room. There was no obvious source of the water intrusion event triggering the mold growth. In addition, the humidity level in the room, at least during our inspection, was not high enough to trigger mold growth. We suspected that the likely source for the mold was moisture in the poured concrete walls. To proceed with the sale, the homeowner needed a written warranty from us that the mold was successfully treated..
A crew from the Cowleys Mold Solutions division was sent to resolve the mold problem. We applied an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1) to the utility room walls. After, we wiped down all of the mold and mold stains on the surfaces. Finally, we applied our patented sealant (MAPS 2) that seals in the mold and prevents any new mold growth from forming. Because of our treatment process works immediately we were able to treat the mold in the utility room in less than a day, and there was no delay in the sale of the home. Good news for the seller, buyer, and realtors in the transaction!
Recently, a two-person crew from Cowleys Mold Solutions division was sent to a home in Englishtown, NJ to treat a mold problem that had developed in the garage. This was one of those cases that highlight that the water or moisture intrusion event that triggers mold growth can be almost anything. Here, the homeowners had a pinhole leak in their dryer vent that vented into the garage instead of venting outside.
When the warm dryer air hit the cool garage wall, the moisture condensed and formed water droplets. That was enough to trigger mold growth. Once there is water and the right temperature, all mold needs is some organic material to feed on. Mold “food” includes processed building materials like sheetrock. As you can see from the attached photos, speckled black mold had formed on the wall. This homeowners replaced the dryer vent and contacted Cowleys to resolve the mold problem. Even though the mold was in the garage, the microscopic mold spores can circulate anywhere and eventually find their way into the living areas of the home. The mold had to be treated or it would continue to spread.
Generally, when treating mold with our process, it is not necessary to remove building materials, including sheetrock, unless they are water-damaged and there is a loss of structural integrity. Here, the underlying sheetrock was still in good condition despite the mold growth. As such, the homeowners were able to avoid an extensive tear out/renovation project. Instead, we were able to treat the mold directly and leave the building materials alone.
We treated the mold-affected areas of the garage with two different applications. First, we applied an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1). We then followed that application with a patented proprietary sealant (MAPS 2). This product, available only to authorized licensees, encapsulates the mold and kills it on contact. Any mold treated with this sealant is rendered harmless and non-allergenic. The sealant kills not only the existing mold. It is moisture-sensitive and has the ability to reactivate and kill any future mold growth as well.
With this particular assignment, we were able to successfully and completely treat the mold in less than a day. These homeowners, like many, have heard horror stories about finding mold in homes and they were worried about what may be entailed to rid their home of mold. Needless to say, these homeowners were relieved to find a mold treatment process that effectively and permanently treated the mold while avoiding the expense and hassle of removing the mold-affected sheetrock.
A homeowner in Howell, NJ was having chronic allergy problems in her home. Often, when someone is experiencing chronic allergy symptoms and is having respiratory difficulties, it is often mold growth in the home, especially if the problems are not happening during “allergy season” when pollen counts are high. Different people have different sensitivities to mold, and occupants of a home do not uniformly react to mold growth. At a loss to determine why she was having allergy issues that would not resolve, the homeowner finally had a mold test done in the crawl space. The test indicated that mold spores were high even though visible mold growth could not be located anywhere. During our inspection, it was clear to us that the crawl space’s air quality was poor, and crawl space air circulates throughout the entire home. Even though crawl spaces are “out of sight, out of mind,” the air down below enters the home’s living spaces above.
We treated the crawl space with an EPA-registered antimicrobial (MAPS 1), followed by a patented sealant (MAPS 2) that kills mold at the cellular level. This sealant renders any mold growth inert, harmless, and non-allergenic. While in the crawl space, we realigned the vapor barrier. Vapor barriers insulate your crawl space walls and prevent moisture from affecting your home’s structure. However, to work, they must be where they are supposed to be. Vapor barriers can detach, and it is important to periodically check their condition.
When we were finished, the crawl space air was noticeably better. We are hopeful that with the basement now treated for mold growth, this homeowner’s allergy issues will be resolved.